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NORTH MIAMI BEACH, Fla. (Dec. 4, 2014) – A dedication to excellence in academics, the arts or athletics, paired with a passion for community service and demonstration of leadership, has earned 10 Scheck Hillel Community School students merit-based scholarships from the school. The outstanding students in grades 6-12 were honored during a recognition ceremony and student assembly and formally inducted into the school’s Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program.
Now in its sixth year, the program created by Jaime and Raquel Gilinski recognizes students who demonstrate exceptional commitment to education and Scheck Hillel, encouraging lifelong learning and development of leadership potential. The program encourages students to act as ambassadors to the extended community, showcasing the Scheck Hillel mission through accomplishment and talent – in the classroom, on the field, on stage or through a community project.
“The Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program is a true reflection of Scheck Hillel’s mission to inspire students to become exemplary global citizens with a strong Jewish identity,” said Head of School Ezra Levy, Ed.D. “These students’ commitment to academic excellence and character development, combined with their community involvement and core values, make them stand out among our already exceptional student body. We are grateful to Jaime and Raquel Gilinski for having the vision to create such opportunity for our students.”
Hollywood resident Steven Bursztyn, a junior, is an activist and musician who strives to make a difference in his community. Bursztyn has taken every opportunity to hone his leadership skills and is involved in different clubs and organizations including Hillel Israel Public Affairs Club (HIPAC), National Honor Society, We Can Cure and Make a Wish. Additionally, Bursztyn is part of Un Techo Para Mi Pais, a foundation that builds houses for underprivileged families in Colombia.
Located in North Miami Beach, Scheck Hillel Community School is the second-largest Jewish community day school in North America. From early childhood through 12th grade, it inspires students to become exemplary global citizens with enduring Jewish identity through an innovative curriculum enriched by co-curricular experiences. All of this is set within a nurturing, international community united by core values. In 2011, Scheck Hillel was the only private school in South Florida and Jewish school in the country to be named a Blue Ribbon School by U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan. Scheck Hillel is also Florida’s first Jewish International Baccalaureate (IB) World School.
For information about the 2015-2016 Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program application, please contact Scheck Hillel’s Admission office at 305.931.2831×173 or write to admission@eHillel.org.