We send out a heartfelt congratulation to Woodbridge’s Aiden and Gideon Reiter. Aiden has been awarded a Fulbright English Teaching Assistantship in Laos. Gideon has been picked to be part of The Bronfman Fellowship’s 34th cohort (bronfman.org/meetthefellows). Mazal tov to these accomplished Ezra Academy grads!
Aiden is graduating from the University of Pennsylvania's Huntsman Program in the Wharton School of Business, majoring in international studies and political science. On campus, he is involved in student government and the International Affairs Association, where he has worked to organize Model UN conferences. In Laos, Aiden will teach English to university and secondary school students. He hopes to start a Model UN club for students, teach English to business owners and work with local NGOs.
Gideon is one of 26 North American teenagers selected to be a 2020 Bronfman Fellow. This year, he received first place in the Choate Arabic Poetry Contest and will be representing his Arabic class in the CT COLT Poetry Recitation Contest. He is also a member of B’nai Jacob’s chapter of Hazamir: the International Jewish Teen Choir.
This year’s 34th cohort of Bronfman Fellowship awardees were chosen from more than 270 applicants. Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, they will participate in programming virtually until meeting in person is deemed safe. Usually, each cohort’s journey begins with a five-week summer trip in Israel, where they engage in study and conversation. According to The Bronfman Fellowship, fellows encounter the land and people of Israel, study major issues in contemporary Jewish life, and meet with influential figures. The Fellowship year usually continues with monthly virtual experiences, and a winter and spring seminar in the U.S.