Every year, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles’ prestigious Brawerman Fellowship identifies a select cohort made up of graduating high school seniors who have shown commitment to leadership, academics, community service, and Jewish life. In addition to receiving a significant college scholarship, these students participate in various retreats, a trip to Israel, and other overseas opportunities. Each of these elements is designed to help students develop their Jewish identities, leadership skills, and overall personal awareness.
“Throughout their time in college, Brawerman Fellows explore Jewish life on campus and around the world,” said Orly Frank, the Federation’s Program Director of Strategic Initiatives. “These students already demonstrate outstanding leadership skills and commitment — this fellowship allows them to develop these skills even further in a meaningful Jewish context.”
Congratulations to the following four graduating seniors, each of whom brings his or her own diverse interests and skills to the Brawerman cohort.
MEET THE FELLOWS!
High School: Granada Hills High School
College: Arizona State University
Major: Forensic Psychology
High School Activities: Kara is a Captain with the Los Angeles Police Cadet Program. At school Kara was involved with My Voice Granada — a program to end gun violence and address ongoing school safety. She was on the Junior and Senior Councils and was the Treasurer of the Students Organizing Civic Engagement Club. Kara has been involved with Temple Ahavat Shalom and volunteered with Meet Each Need with Dignity as well as a participant in the Kaiser Permanente Summer Youth Program.
High School: Archer School for Girls
Major: Earth & Atmospheric Sciences
High School Activities: Aviva has held various positions with North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), such as Social Action Vice President for the SOCAL Regional Board, Sexual Violence Prevention Task Force member, President of SOCAL at Large and Southern California Outreach Chair. She was the Co-Director of The Eastern Star Gallery, Founding Member and President for The Archer Community for Sustainability, and Creator/Photographer of an LGBTQ+ Visibility Project. Aviva was a 2018-19 Diller Teen Fellow, an Earthwatch Ignite Fellow, and a California Girls State Delegate.
High School: LACES High School
College: Boston University
Major: International Relations/Environmental Science
High School Activities: Sam was the Co-Founder and President of his school’s Model UN Club, participated in Mock Trial, and has been involved with the LACES Jazz Band. Sam was a Diller Teen Fellow, had an internship with StandWithUs, and was on the Muslim and Jews Inspiring Change (MAJIC) Interfaith Council. He has attended and works as a counselor at Camp JCA Shalom. Sam has also continued his education by attending Los Angeles Hebrew High.
High School: Calabasas High School
College: University of Texas at Austin
Major: Jewish Studies
High School Activities: Andrew was a part of the UCLA Mock Trial Institute Summer Program. He was the Co-Captain of Calabasas High’s Varsity Tennis Team. He was a Founding Member and Treasurer of the Model United Nation Team. Andrew was part of The Shoah Foundation IWitness Internship Program and volunteered both at the Museum of Tolerance and The Skirball Cultural Center. Andrew was the Founding Charter President of the National League of Young Men San Fernando Valley Chapter.
To learn more about the Brawerman Fellowship, email OFrank@JewishLA.org.