Each of our four Fellows, a select group of graduating high school seniors residing in the Los Angeles area, receives a $10,000 annual college scholarship. The Brawerman Fellows are chosen based on academic strength, financial need, and a commitment to leadership, community service, and Jewish engagement. During their college years, the Fellows build leadership skills and deepen their connection to Jewish life.
The Geri & Richard Brawerman Leadership Institute was established through a multi-million dollar gift from community leader Geri Brawerman on behalf of herself and her late husband Richard, making it possible for The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles to develop and sustain a talent pool of engaged Jewish young leaders in perpetuity.
“We are grateful for Geri’s visionary gift and proud to provide the leadership development and Jewish identity-building experiences for our Brawerman Fellows,” said Jay Sanderson, President & CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles. “This is just one of the ways we are making sure our community will be in good hands for our children and grandchildren.”
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Class of 2024
Hila GelferHigh School: Beverly Hills High School
Major: Psychology or Global Health
Involvements: Medical Science Academy, Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA), Beverly Hills High School Associated Student Body, Beverly Hills High Link Crew, UCLA Mattel Children’s Hospital Volunteer, Cedars Sinai Medical Center Teen Advisory Board, Beverly Hills Police Department Chief’s Advisory Panel Member, Beverly Hills Policy & Management Department Representative, The Jewish Federation’s Community Internship Program at Providence Tarzana Medical Center
Jaden LevinsonHigh School: Agoura High School
College: University of Michigan
Major: Movement Science
Involvements: Cross Country Team, Agoura High Student Council, Agoura High Theatre Program, Comedysportz, Valley Outreach Synagogue Youth Choir Music Director & Teacher’s Assistant, Athletic Physical Therapy Summer Intern, Conejo Theatre for Everyone Mentor, United Track Club Assistant Coach
Joseph RabinekHigh School: Milken Community High School
College: Tulane University
Involvements: Junior State of America (JSA), Milken’s Mitchell Academy of Science & Technology (MAST), Varsity Track & Field, Milken’s Prom Committee, Milken’s Student Ambassador Program, Teen Line Volunteer, Camp Alonim CIT Program
Brayden StarkHigh School: The Buckley School
College: Carleton College
Involvements: Applied Science Independent Researcher, Buckley Varsity Baseball, Honor Council Member, National High School Model United Nations, EarthWatch Project Expedition Team, JCC Maccabi Games
Class of 2023
Kara GlaserHigh School: Granada Hills High School
College: Arizona State University
Major: Forensic Psychology
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow?
To be a Brawerman Fellow means to be a scholar and to be active in my Jewish community. As a Brawerman Fellow I am dedicated to my studies, volunteer work, and being involved in Hillel, Chabad, and Jewish Arizonians on Campus. I actively engage in mitzvot to make my time a meaningful experience while getting a college education.
What are you involved with on your college campus?
Currently I have dedicated most of my time to being involved with the Barrett Honors College community as well as the Jewish community through Hillel, Chabad, and Jewish Arizonians on Campus. I am also involved in community service wherever I see the opportunity.
Aviva IntveldHigh School: Archer School for Girls
Major: Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow?
Being a Brawerman Fellow means to have a community of warm-hearted, dedicated, and ambitious friends and mentors who will support you in achieving your goals but also remind you of what is most important in life. It means to have a wealth of local and global opportunities to travel and learn. It means to have the responsibility of holding yourself up to your own highest standards as a student, activist, and person.
What are you involved with on your college campus?
On campus I’m a member of Terrascope, a learning community dedicated to solving global sustainability issues. This year we are focusing on hurricane resiliency and recovery in Puerto Rico, and will be presenting our ideas to a panel of experts working in different related fields (energy, resources, transportation, etc.) later this month! I am also a member of the Undergraduate Assembly Committee on Sustainability, where I work with the garden group and help grow fresh and nutritious food for the MIT community. In addition to sustainability work, I am on the varsity sailing team, actively participate in Hillel events (both on- and off-campus Shabbat services with other Boston-area college students), and am a member and freshman slating committee representative of Alpha Phi.
Sam KnollHigh School: LACES High School
College: Boston University
Major: International Relations/Environmental Science
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow?
To me, being a Brawerman Fellow inspires me to be involved in the supportive and forward-thinking Jewish community and has enabled me to pursue an education that I hope will one day be used to better the world around me. Being a Brawerman Fellow has introduced me to bright and passionate leaders who also seek to make a positive change in their communities and on their campuses.
What are you involved with on your college campus?
My activities on campus are centered around my dual passions for diplomacy and environmental action. I am a part of the Environmental Student Organization here on campus, which organizes educational workshops, outdoor outings, and community outreach programs under the lens of sustainability. I have also been involved in both Model United Nations Conferences that BU hosts, serving on the staff for various committees in each conference. Between these activities, I like to spend time at the two bee hives as a part of the BU Beekeepers Club.
Andrew LongHigh School: Calabasas High School
College: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Jewish Studies
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow?
Being a Brawerman Fellow is a privilege and I am extremely honored. To me, being a Brawerman Fellow means that leaders within the Los Angeles Jewish Community not only believe in me and all that I accomplished in high school, but also trust me to continue to excel in my future. Being a Brawerman Fellow also means that I have been charged with being a role model for others, to continue to develop my leadership skills, and to find opportunities to give back to others.
What are you involved with on your college campus?
On my college campus, I joined a Jewish Fraternity. The camaraderie in the fraternity has been fun and welcoming for me, especially since the majority of the fraternity members are from Texas and only a few of us are from out of town. And, when I or my pledge class brothers find ourselves a little “home sick” we make our way over to either the University Chabad or Hillel for a Shabbat dinner! The other organizations I’m involved with include: Alzheimer’s Association of Austin, The American Cancer Society, and the Not On My Campus which is an organization at UT that focuses on reducing sexual assault through education, advocacy and support.
Class of 2022
Jonah GoldbergHigh School: Calabasas High School
College: Washington University in St. Louis
Major: English and Philosophy-Neuroscience-Psychology
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? Being a Brawerman Fellow means that the Jewish Federation believes in me and my potential. It’s an incredible feeling to have someone recognize the academic and service-oriented effort I’ve put in in the past, and then not congratulate me but urge me to keep working and go further. Having the backing of the Brawerman Fellowship has inspired me to immerse myself in Jewish life on campus and always be looking out for opportunities to make a difference.
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship: During my first retreat, Gamal Palmer, Senior VP of Leadership Development visited us to speak about leadership styles and values as well as guide us through activities designed to show us the qualities we respect and dislike in other leaders and potential steps and milestones in pursuing our own projects. Everyone kept an open mind and took the program seriously, even as we were literally shaping each other into the postures and mannerisms of the leaders we admired and loathed, and I developed a much greater appreciation for how others perceive us and how to involve others in a project.
What have you received from the Brawerman Fellowship thus far? Besides the financial assistance, the Brawerman Fellowship has provided me with a network of mentors and friends. As I begin looking into internships and service programs, everyone else has been more than willing to discuss their experiences and make suggestions. During our first retreat, we also had the opportunity to complete an escape room and volunteer sending school supplies to underprivileged children, and spending this time with the other fellows has made them all outstanding role models for me as I started college.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship? Everything. As I was always one of the most passionate and motivated people in my high school friend group, my entire worldview shifted getting to meet and talk with students only a couple years older than me yet who have done so much. My experience so far has already given me several practical lessons in leadership, an understanding of how organizations like the Jewish Federation operate and what I can do to help strengthen Jewish communities, and a constant undercurrent of support and inspiration from Orly Frank, Director of the Brawerman Fellowship, the Federation, and all of the fellows.
What are you involved with on your campus? Next semester, I will join my university’s Hillel Leadership Council as the interfaith chair, and hopefully as a First Year Students of Hillel board member as well. I am also involved in two Jewish text-learning classes; one of these, Chevruta, consisting of weekly discussions with a partner, has become the highlight of my week due to our many tangents and my own growing understanding of Judaism, and my partner and I are now close friends outside of Hillel. I also write and edit for the university’s newspaper as well as its literary magazine, and am a member of the Swing Dance team and the comic book club.
Noga ShlapoberskyHigh School: LACES
College: Barnard College, Columbia University
Major: Undeclared, but thinking of a major in History and a minor in Political Science
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? Being a Brawerman Fellow has allowed me to be part of a community of bright, Jewish young adults who support one another’s education. It means so much to me to be able to learn from my peers and to be encouraged by the Jewish Federation to take initiative and be a leader on campus.
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship: A meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship has been the social justice project the fellows partook in at the last retreat. We volunteered with an organization that provides school supplies and other essential tools to children who lack access to them, and working with my peers to better our society was a powerful shared experience.
What have you received from the Brawerman Fellowship thus far? The Brawerman Fellowship has given me the tools and opportunities to take full advantage of my freshmen year and be a proactive member of the Jewish community both on campus and in Los Angeles. Not only is my education being significantly supported financially, but I’ve gained leadership skills from seminars and have become part of a vibrant community with which I can discuss and learn from how to be an active member on campus. Additionally, I’ve received the support of the Federation to complete community service abroad; an opportunity I am so grateful for and am looking forward to.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship? I am sincerely thankful for having an ongoing connection to an impressive and supportive Jewish community through the Brawerman Fellowship. I feel grateful to have been given the opportunity to learn from other students and to have this resource throughout my college years. It has been so important to me throughout my first semester to know I have a network of inspiring college students to turn to as well as supportive adults which encourage me to be an active member on campus, to take advantage of every opportunity that comes my way, and to remain an active member in Jewish communities.
What are you involved with on your campus? Although I’ve only been on campus for one semester, I’ve found that there are endless opportunities for me to get involved. I’ve joined the Roosevelt Institute, a political think-tank on campus which holds policy-based debate as well as publishes a policy journal. Through Roosevelt I took an active role in “Columbia University Votes,” a student formed and student run organization which in the months leading up to the 2018 midterm election ran a very successful campaign to increase voter turnout on campus and provide students with resources to make sure everyone’s ballot was cast. In addition to political work, I joined the Jewish Activist Collective which is a network of social justice oriented Jewish students. Through this organization I have attended multiple Shabbat dinners in which we discuss Jewish history and Jewish life in America, as well as celebrate the end of the week with a caring Jewish community.
Michael StarkHigh School: Valley Torah High School
College: Yeshiva University
Major: Business Management
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? Being a Brawerman fellow means committing oneself to make the world a better place. It means consciously making an effort to be a role model and a good citizen, to give back to society more than one takes. It means promoting honesty, principle, and honor, all attributes of integrity, as guiding forces. It means being an unapologetic good Jew that shows the world what it means to be a member of the tribe. I wear the Braerman Fellowship award as a badge of honor and responsibility. Being a Brawerman fellow means consistently proving that I am deserving of such an award, not only by becoming a better leader and person but by inspiring those around me to be better as well. Being a Brawerman fellow means committing to pay forward the opportunity for others to make a difference.
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship: I am new to the Brawerman Fellowship family. This being my first year, I found the summer retreat such a meaningful experience. I had the opportunity to meet, bond, and learn from the other fellows. The skills we gained have helped me as I entered college this year for the first time, where I have taken the lessons I learned and incorporated them in leadership roles in clubs and campus activities.
What have you received from the Brawerman Fellowship thus far? I have learned the value of being a “Mentch” and that to be a true leader is to realize the greatness in others. The experience gained from the first summer retreat has been instrumental in how I view my future and my college life. I have also gained an amazing group of friends among the other fellows.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship? I am thankful for the leadership opportunities and training during our retreats. I am especially thankful for the support structure and mentorship that the Brawerman Fellowship has in place for its fellows, which helps set our trajectory to be successful, giving, and caring leaders. I am also most thankful for the grant which allowed me to afford a Jewish College.
What are you involved with our your campus? I am involved in many different clubs and organizations on campus. Most notably, I became a member of Students Teachers And Researchers Tech (START), an organization that aims to reach elementary school children who lack resources to explore scientific and technological concepts to their fullest. We run weekly programming in inner-city neighborhoods to expose children to advanced and relevant science, technology, engineering, and math (STEM) programs through hands-on lessons. We work with the children in small groups, giving each child a lot of attention. Additionally, I became the PR Coordinator for the Yeshiva University Political Action Committee (YUPAC) Club as well as the Israel Club on campus. Being part of these clubs allows me to continue my passion for Israel advocacy while expanding my experience in marketing and PR. Finally, the Yeshiva University freshman class has elected me as their sole representative in the Yeshiva University Student Government.
Zoey WeismanHigh School: Notre Dame High School
College: University of Pennsylvania
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship? The summer retreat was been my most meaningful experience with the fellowship. I was leaving for Penn a few days later, so hearing the experiences of the other fellows and getting advice and support for them comforted me, calming my anxieties about leaving and starting college. The retreat as a whole reinforced the idea that I had a new community and support system I could now rely on.
What have you received from the Brawerman Fellowship thus far? From the Fellowship I have received a community of people that have been incredibly supportive and welcoming. I have also gained a means of embracing my Judaism, especially here at Penn.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship? I am incredibly thankful for the support in my academic career and opportunities I have at Penn. The fellowship has provided me a greater chance to connect with the Jewish community and has further encouraged me to be involved with that community here at Penn.
What are you involved with on your campus? At Penn, I am in two branches of the International Affairs Association (IAA), one of which hosts an annual Model United Nations conferences for college debate teams. I am a general member of Penn Dems as well as a photographer and copy editor for The Daily Pennsylvania. I also work as an office assistant in the office of the Dean of the School of Arts and Sciences at Penn.
Class of 2021
Yoni BenzacarHigh School: Oakwood School
College: Emory University
Major: Political Science
My most meaningful Brawerman experience was spending time with my fellows the night of our retreat. We engaged in personal conversations about college, giving me valuable insight from people who just went through something that was so anxiety-provoking to me. Being a Brawerman fellow has encouraged me to be more in touch with my Jewish identity, reminding me that I always have a community and family wherever I can find Judaism. Throughout my few months of being a Brawerman Fellow, I now understand I have an unwavering family that I can go to about anything and I will always be met with love and support.
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? To me being a Brawerman Fellow means that someone believes in me enough to significantly sponsor my education. I therefore feel responsible to uphold a higher moral ground and to always help the people in my communities who need the same support I receive; whether that be the Jewish community, or the greater community of Los Angeles.
Rachel HarrisHigh School: Cleveland High School Humanities Magnet
College: Georgetown University
Major: Government and Women and Gender Studies
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship: Although I have only been a Brawerman Fellow for a short time, the conversations and insights I have gained from the other fellows are incomparable. I’d have to say the most meaningful experience I’ve had as a Fellow thus far is having the opportunity to listen to such intelligent and informative speakers, and then engage in discourse with my peers. Each fellow is so knowledgeable and has already helped me in developing my identity as a Jewish woman. The sense of camaraderie and respect I feel among the fellows is uncanny to any I’ve ever felt before. The sense of Jewish mentorship and community has not always been very strong in my day-to-day life, and the Brawerman fellowship has provided me with just that.
How has the Brawerman fellowship impacted your experience at school? Since I am attending a traditionally Catholic school, I was originally very apprehensive as to how I would find my place as a Jewish woman. The Brawerman fellowship has not only given me confidence to seek out my Jewish identity on campus, but it has provided me with such a strong support system in all aspects of my academic career back home. The Brawerman fellowship has allowed me to create a network of relationships and opportunities that will encourage my academic success and allow me to grow as a student and as a person during my four years at Georgetown.
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? To be a Brawerman Fellow means to understand the duties and responsibilities associated with being a Jewish youth. It is more than just being a Jewish college student, but instead one who uses their Jewish identity and ideals to better their community and those around them. To be a Brawerman Fellow means to use the resources and support provided by the fellowship to better yourself and others.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship? Coming from a single parent household, this fellowship allowed me to go to the school of my dreams. Aside from the monetary aspect of the fellowship, I am so thankful to the Brawerman Fellowship for reintroducing me to my Jewish identity and sparking my curiosity about the Jewish community and my place within it.
Britt JacobsonHigh School: Milken Community High School
Major: Global Studies
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship: Getting advice from older Fellows and being inspired to one day do all of the incredible things they do.
What have you received from the Brawerman Fellowship thus far? Incredible tips on everything from internships to classes to Jewish life on campus to jobs to friendship! My current job came from a suggestion from an older fellow.
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow: Being a Brawerman Fellow means having all the opportunities you could ever want and need available to you, and knowing to appreciate that. It means that you have the passion and the drive to make your dreams a reality, with the support system to do so.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship: You are REQUIRED to go on some incredible programs…for FREE. I am being “forced” to travel the world, learn about the Jewish community in Los Angeles, and connect with the leader within myself. Best requirements ever!
Joshua ZommickHigh School: Valencia High School
College: University of California Los Angeles
Major: Material Science Engineering
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship: Connecting with everyone at the first Fall retreat blew my mind. Not only were we given the opportunities to meet and talk with some amazing professionals, but we were also able to bond and create a community out of the 15 of us in the Brawerman Fellowship.
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? To be a Brawerman Fellow is to be more than a Jewish leader; it is to be a student that will work his or her hardest to change the world. We are the next generation of adults in the workplace and as a Brawerman Fellow, I have become more confident to push myself farther and farther to become a better version of myself. A normal fellow will be handed adversity, while a Brawerman Fellow will be given that same adversity in addition to a family that helps overcome those difficulties with you.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship? I am thankful for everything the Brawerman Fellowship has given me and will continue to give me. From unique experiences such as internships across the globe to the blessing of not having student debt due to college tuition, I will forever be grateful and thankful to the Brawerman Fellowship.
Class of 2020
Nathan BentolilaHigh School: YULA Boys
College: UC Berkeley
At Berkeley, I am involved in a variety of different activities and student groups. I am involved in Chabad, Tikvah Students for Israel, Undergraduate research, IM sports, and other engineering student groups. The most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship has been the friends I have made through the fellowship. I have gained a lot for the guidance and mentorship of other fellows. The Brawerman fellowship has allowed me to be part of a network of future Jewish leaders across the US.
Zoe KrutHigh School: Los Angeles Center for Enriched Studies (LACES)
College: Roanoke College
Major: Biochemistry and Public Health Studies
The Brawerman Fellowship has acted as my main connection to my Judaism while I am at school. The Brawerman fellows keep me grounded to my Jewish roots, despite the fact that I am thousands of miles away and only see the them twice a year.
The Brawerman Fellowship was responsible for connecting me with agencies who were able to put me on the best possible Birthright trip; I had been to Israel before, and was afraid I wasn’t going to get the same experience as first-time Israel travelers would. The trip I was placed on was exactly the experience I needed to reconnect with the State of Israel.
Being a Brawerman Fellow is one of the greatest honors I could have ever received. It has allowed me to grow within my own Jewish identity as well as take part in the growth of others’. I am most thankful for the connections that the Brawerman Fellowship has afforded me, and the lifelong lessons that I have taken from fellow, young Jewish leaders.
Daniel MelnickHigh School: Albert Einstein Academy
College: University of California, San Diego
Major: Ecology, Behavior, and Evolution
The most meaningful experience I’ve had with the Fellowship was being welcomed by such an impressive group of people. It means a lot and gives a great feeling of community, which is especially important when transitioning to college. The Fellowship has definitely motivated me to be more active on campus than I might have been otherwise. It has given me the confidence to seek out and take advantage of the various opportunities offered to me. The Brawerman Fellowship has helped me solidify my Jewish identity. I am much more comfortable being an ambassador for my faith and my community. Being a Brawerman Fellow means being an integral part of the Jewish future.
I am thankful for being connected to a robust network of internship and travel opportunities that I will remain connected to, even after my college career.
Victoria SolkovitsHigh School: Cleveland High School Humanities Magnet
Major: Political Science and Human Biology and Society
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow? The honor of being a Brawerman Fellow is not one that I have taken lightly. While I have always felt supported by the Jewish community, the encouragement and development I have received from the fellowship has helped me in ways I never could have imagined. I have been able to grow and develop as a Jewish college student, I have found new ways to pursue social justice and active change, and I have had a support system in the Federation and my peers all throughout the way. To me, being a Brawerman Fellow means continuing to explore one’s Jewish identity, learning and promoting strong social values, and giving back to our community in as many ways as we can to be the strong Jewish future.
Class of 2019
David Bar-OrHigh School: New Community Jewish High School (deToledo High School)
College: Tulane University
Major: Engineering Physics
Current Position: After graduation, David went to Israel to live for three months and work on various projects. He started his journey at a farm located in Hof Hasharon. Next, he went up north to work at a hostel in a small mountainous moshav called Odem. David spent a month up in the Ramat Hagolan and lastly, he went down south to work at the Desert Ashram, helping to set up for their biggest festival of the year, Zorba the Buddha. He is back home in LA working part time in production and catering to fund his next trip.
Eric BergerHigh School: Agoura High School
College: Indiana University
Major: Marketing Major
Current Position: Eric graduated from Indiana University in December 2018 and, after exploring different options, moved to New York to work for the online advertising company Kargo. As a Client Development Coordinator, he supports both the creative design and business strategy of various online campaigns. New to the city, Eric is exploring what New York has to offer and working on finding a community and taking a meaningful role within it.
Shachar Cohen-HodosHigh School: Alexander Hamilton High School
College: List College of the Jewish Theological Seminary and Columbia University
Major: Human Rights/Bible
Most meaningful experience with the Brawerman Fellowship. My most meaningful Brawerman experience was my first retreat during our lunch break. I was excited about all the information I was learning and all the training I had received, but it was at this break when I realized what a special community I was joining. The old fellows were so excited to share with me their tips for college and they wanted to hear about my interests. They gave me advice about moving away from home, what kinds of dorm room accessories I needed, and ways to develop relationships with professors and deans that would help me in my career. I feel so lucky to have such a caring and supportive community to lean on like the Brawerman Fellows
How has the Brawerman fellowship impacted your experience at school: Firstly, because of the financial aid, I am able to attend my dream school. I would be having a completely different college experience had I not been awarded the Brawerman fellowship. Secondly, the leadership training I’ve received through our bi-annual retreats has deeply impacted my leadership roles on and off campus.
What have you received from the Brawerman Fellowship thus far? Over the years I’ve gained networking and professional skills that range from resume building to organizational strategies and speaking tactics. I’ve also made important connections to the Jewish professional world and I’ve gained a network of smart, innovative, and driven students from around the country to bounce ideas off of and lean on for support.
What does it mean to be a Brawerman Fellow: To be a Brawerman Fellow means that you have a constant support system. It means that you can take time to develop your leadership and professional skills with a group of people with diverse interests and passions but with a shared sense of commitment and drive.
What are you thankful for from the Brawerman Fellowship: I am endlessly grateful for the constant support from the Jewish Federation, my cohort, the other fellows and of course the financial support that’s allowed me to pursue the education of my dreams without additional financial stress. The three years I’ve spent in college have been full of transitions, changes, and novelty, Brawerman has been a constant grounding presence in my college career and these past years would have been incredibly different without it.
Ariel SilvermanHigh School: Santa Monica High School
College: Brown University
Major: Health and Human Biology and Anthropology
Current Position: Ariel graduated from Brown with Honors with a degree in Brain & Behavior, with the equivalent of a minor in Anthropology. She completed an honors thesis on the role of emotional resilience and mental health on musculoskeletal outcomes following orthopedic surgery. She went on to present this research at an international conference in Madrid focusing on Hip Preservation. After graduation, she hiked El Camino de Santiago with three other Jewish friends, then spent several months completing a research fellowship in Orthopedic Surgery at BronxCare Health System. Ariel recently started a job at McKinsey & Company as a management consultant. She plans to pursue an MD/MBA after gaining several years of work experience.
Class of 2018
Benjamin KriegsmanHigh School: Milken Community High School
College: University of Michigan - Ann Arbor
Current Position: Ben is the Project Manager of Acquisitions at Bedrock Detroit. Bedrock is a full service commercial real estate firm based in downtown Detroit specializing in the strategic development of urban cores.
Talia ShovalHigh School: CHAMPS Charter High School of the Arts
College: University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
Major: Environmental Health Sciences Minor: Neuroscience
Current Position: This past year Talia started working as a medical assistant and loving it! She has applied to a few nursing schools and will be hearing back in the upcoming months. Talia plans to start nursing school in this coming fall.
Guy TopfHigh School: El Camino Real Charter High School
College: University of Southern California (USC)
Major: Business Administration, International Relations with an emphasis in Global Business
Current Position: Since graduating from USC, I’ve been living in San Francisco, CA where I currently work in Market Strategy & Supply at Airbnb. I’ve found a great, young Jewish community here in the city that I’ve had the pleasure to become involved in and have become active in various Jewish organizations. I found the Brawerman Fellowship has opened several doors and established countless connections for me as I begin to build my career, and its experiences have helped lead me to where I am today!
Class of 2017
Jackson BlockHigh School: Hart High School
College: UC Berkeley, Business Administration major
Current Position: Business Development Associate at The Bread Project (a social enterprise empowering individuals living in poverty with employment & commercial baking skills)
College: UC Berkeley, Business Administration and Public Policy Double Major
Current Position: Jackson has worked for five years as a social sector leader, development professional, and consultant to NGOs. His expertise in creating social enterprises, leveraging data analytics, and fundraising has provided business acumen to dozens of social causes. In his career, he has been proud to spearhead several job training initiatives for LGBT refugees and hundreds of individuals impacted by poverty across the Bay Area. He currently resides in New York where he works as the lead Business Analyst at UpStart. Outside of work, you can find Jackson performing at improv shows, crafting the perfect sourdough starter while advising for Challah for Hunger nationally, cartooning witty comics, or mentoring disconnected youth.
Samantha PageHigh School: North Hollywood Highly Gifted Magnet
College: Smith College, American Studies major
Current Position: Program Assistant in Publications/Research and Academic Program, Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA
Current Position: Assistant Editor in Publications/Program Assistant in the Research and Academic Program at the Clark Art Institute, Williamstown, MA.
Chelsea RapoportHigh School: Flintridge Preparatory School
College: University of Chicago, Psychology major with Honors, minor in Human Rights
Current Position: Chelsea is currently working in cancer outcomes research at Massachusetts General Hospital and is applying to PhD programs in clinical health psychology to pursue psycho-oncology research. She is also a resident at Moishe House Boston, Cambridge, where she enjoys putting on Jewish programming for young adults.
Alyssa ScottHigh School: Oak Park High School
College: University of California, Santa Barbara (UCSB), Communications major and minor in Education.
Current Position: Media Analyst at OMD
Since graduation, I moved back to the LA area and have bounced around a few PR and media agencies, where I have worked on accounts such as Air New Zealand, Israel Ministry of Tourism, and Moose Toys. While I’ve been at OMD based in Playa Vista, I’ve worked on the Levi Strauss & Co. account and am currently on the Apple account – I’ve loved every minute of it! I will forever look back fondly on my four years of college and the immense role that the Brawerman Fellowship played within those years, as it motivated me to gain the leadership qualities and Jewish identity that I am so proud of today.
Class of 2016
Josh CahnHigh School: Culver City High School
College: University of California, Berkeley with a bachelor's degree in History and a minor in Jewish Studies.
Current Position: Joshua is currently living in Jerusalem, Israel studying at Machon Shlomo – The Heiden Institute. In his second year of studies, Joshua is furthering his interest in Judaism and history by studying Talmud, Jewish law, ethics, philosophies, and history at Machon Shlomo. Joshua is grateful for this opportunity to connect to his roots in Israel and learn from such wise and admirable teachers. After Joshua completes his second year of the two-year program, Joshua intends to return to Los Angeles further his career in video marketing
Leigh EvansHigh School: Milken Community High School
College: University of California, Santa Barbara with a B.A. in Sociology and Psychology and a minor in Education.
Current Position: Research Assistant at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. Leigh is working on research called Building a Strong and Equitable Mixed-Auspice Prekindergarten System (MAPS): A Research-Practice Partnership to Support Boston’s Historic UPK Expansion or the Universal Pre-K Study. In her spare time, Leigh explores art in all its forms, performing improv comedy, working on various writing projects, and always trying to actually learn the guitar.
Mitchell HandlerHigh school: Venice High School
School: UC Berkeley, with a double major in political science and media studies
Current Position: Mitchell recently moved to San Francisco and has been working for Walmart eCommerce as a Category Specialist.
Evan LowellHigh School: Cleveland Humanities Magnet High School
College: Boston University with a degree in Mechanical Engineering
Current Position: Evan recently moved back to LA and is currently working as a mechanical engineer at Wavemaker Labs, which is a startup incubator backed by a venture capital firm. He is finishing his Master’s Degree in Computer Science with Georgia Institute of Technology in the second week of December and is practicing martial arts at the Shaolin Wushu Center in Los Angeles.
Harmony RichmanHigh School: Santa Monica High School
College: Barnard College, Columbia University majoring in Sociology and Race & Ethnic Studies
Current Position: Harmony has recently been accepted into Grace Hopper- a software engineering program for women in NYC. She will graduate mid-December as a Fullstack software engineer. Harmony will focus on how to more structurally automate and scale out the resources necessary to allow disenfranchised communities to become self-empowered. She is planning on working in the intersection of civil rights and technology and using creative and innovative solutions to help support human systems.