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Helyn B. Reich Scholarship Press Release

Helyn B. Reich Scholarship

Five Helyn B. Reich Scholarships Awarded for Study in Israel Spring Semester 2008

Scholarship Opportunities Extended to OTZMA Participants
Contact: Deborah Fishman
Phone: 847-677-5949

The Helyn B. Reich Scholarship Committee of the American Zionist Movement has selected five outstanding candidates to receive scholarships for study in Israel in the spring of 2008. Three of these recipients – Lee’at Bachar, Bill Glucroft and Sophia Krentzman – will spend the semester at the University of Haifa. Marla Schuchman and Adam Molner will participate in the post-college Israel Experience program, with internships in marketing/advertising and journalism, respectively.

These young adults have distinguished themselves through their passionate commitment to Israel on their campuses, in their communities, and in their careers. Marla works as the Israel Travel Specialist for the Reform Movement, a partnership position between ARZA and the Israel Ministry of Tourism; Bill has advocated with a pro-Israel voice in his hometown newspaper, college publication, and web-based media.

“All of our recipients demonstrate great potential in leading the next generation and shaping its views of the importance of Zionism,” AZM Executive Director Karen Rubinstein said. “They demonstrate engagement in an active, personal Zionism, not only as a central component of their identity, but also as a cause that informs their work to improve the world.”

AZM will expand its efforts to reach out to leaders of the next generation by making OTZMA participants eligible to apply to the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship beginning this spring. OTZMA, a service-based leadership development program, provides young adults with the opportunity to work and learn in tracks such as immigrant absorption, areas of urban renewal, social service work experiences and kibbutz.

OTZMA joins the Israel Experience and WUJS-Arad as post-graduate programs from which the Helyn B. Reich Scholarship accepts applications.

The Helyn B. Reich Memorial Scholarship Fund was established in 1995 in memory of Helyn B. Reich, wife of founding AZM President Seymour D. Reich. The initial gift in Helyn’s memory was given by Mrs. Sarah Fischer and her son Dr. Stuart Fischer. The scholarship seeks to recognize candidates who have demonstrated pro-Israel activity in their personal lives and show a commitment to future involvement with the Jewish and Zionist community.

The deadline to apply for a Helyn B. Reich Scholarship for study in the fall semester of 2008 or year abroad will be June 1, 2008.

Visit AZM’s website to learn more about the recipients, see their photos, and read a few words about their hopes and aspirations, or to download applications for fall 2008.

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