The Geri and Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute

An Outstanding College Scholarship Opportunity for Emerging Young Jewish Leaders

Through the Brawerman Fellowships, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles will be able to develop and sustain a talent pool of Jewish young leaders for our community in perpetuity. A $10,000 annual college scholarship will be made to Brawerman Fellows, and they will participate in a program that builds leadership skills and further strengthens their connection to Jewish life.

A select group of high school seniors who demonstrate academic strength, financial need and a deep commitment to leadership, community service and Jewish engagement will be chosen each year to become Brawerman Fellows.

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Introducing our 2016 Brawerman Fellows


  Nathan Bentolila will be graduating from YULA Boys High School and will begin UC Berkeley in the fall where he will be majoring in Bio-Medical Engineering.  Nathan is an active member of Chabad SOLA.  He has been involved with YULA’s Model United Nations, Mock Trail, Soccer Team, and a Board Member of YULA’s Israel Advocacy Club.  Nathan was a part of StandWithUs High School Internship.  He was very involved with YULA’s Genesis lab/Enabling the Future, 3D printed hand initiative.  He interned at UCLA, Dept. of Physics and Astronomy and at Tel Aviv University, Department of Physical Chemistry.   Nathan has also been a volunteer at Friendship Circle, working with children with special needs.

Zoe Krut will be graduating from Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES) and will begin her studies at Roanoke College in Virginia where she will be majoring in Biology.  She will begin a Research Fellowship this fall.  Zoe is a member of Temple Beth Am.  Zoe has been a Diller Teen Fellow and involved with the Anti-Defamation League National Youth Leadership program and with the Muslims and Jews Inspiring change (MAJIC) Youth Leadership Program.  Zoe has been a volunteer soccer coach with AYSO’s VIP program for children with disabilities and an intern at Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles.   Zoe has also been involved with LACES Mock Trail, LA VoiCES Choir and Theater Production.  Zoe has been a LACES Homeroom Leader and Tutor and has been working with the City of Santa Monica as a lifeguard and swim instructor. 


Daniel Melnick is graduating from Albert Einstein Academy in Santa Clarita and will begin studying Ecology and Evolutionary biology at UC San Diego in the fall.  He is a member of Temple Beth Ami in Newhall and has been a teacher’s aide in their religious school.  Daniel is an Eagle Scout with the Boy Scouts of America.  He recently received the Vigil Honor of Order of the Arrow, the highest honor the Order of the Arrow can bestow on its members.  Daniel is a Founding Member of the AEA Curling Club and has been active on the Associate Student Body.  He has been volunteering at Highlands Elementary School, a local elementary school and is a recipient of the President’s Volunteer Service Award.  Daniel is the Salutatorian of Albert Einstein Academy Class of 2016.


Victoria Solkovits will be graduating from Cleveland Humanities Magnet in Reseda and will studying Political Science/Public Health at UCLA in the fall.    She has been a Teacher’s Assistant at Temple Ahavat Shalom and is involved with their youth group.  Victoria is very active with the Girls Scouts of Greater LA and is at the Ambassador level currently working on her Gold Award Project educating youth about domestic violence.  She has been very active with NFTY for the past four years.  She has been the captain of her JV Softball team, involved with the Jewish Student Union and works in her school’s college office as a peer counselor.  Victoria has also been an active volunteer at the North Valley Family YMCA.

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The Geri & Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute was established with a visionary gift from longtime Federation supporters and community leaders Geri and Richardz”l Brawerman.

We are no longer accepting applications for the 2016-2017 academic year.
Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be available in December 2016.

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For more information please contact Orly Frank 323-761-8116 or