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BGI Fellows Class '15
Meir was born in Holon, Israel. His family emigrated from Russia to Israel, and in 2001 when Meir was eight his family came to the States. Meir graduated from the Newark Academy in Livingston, NJ where he was active in Chess, Improvisation and Red Cross clubs. In addition, he was a captain of the swim team and a President of Friendship Circle, an organization that helps children with special needs.
Allan was born in Ridgewood, NJ, five years after his parent emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine. When Allan was four years old his family relocated to San Diego, CA. Allan graduated from Torry Pines High School, in San Diego, CA. Allan played piano for more than eight years and while in high school volunteered at a food bank. Allan’s interests include math and physics.
Julia was born and raised in Marblehead, MA. Her parents emigrated from Chelyabinsk, Russia. Julia graduated from Marblehead High School, where she was a member of the varsity tennis team and the National Honors Society. She served as the treasurer of the Free the Children club, focused on fundraising for children education in third world countries. She also volunteered as a math tutor at the Massachusetts Coalition for the Homeless and My Brother's Table. Julia is interested in both sciences and humanities.
Liz Zharovsky '15
Liz was born in Skokie, Illinois. Her parents emigrated from Kiev, Ukraine and spent six months in Italy before moving to Glenbrook, Illinois. Liz graduated from Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL. She worked as a tutor at her high school’s supplemental education center and volunteered at a local hospital. Liz served as the Vice President of Programming in the National Conference of Synagogue Youth.
Michael was born in Moscow, immigrated to Israel, and came to U.S. with his parents when he was 6. Michael owns multiple titles from various tournaments in chess, both nationally and internationally. For his successes, he was granted the Exemplary Attainment Award from the Ohio Senate. At Brandeis, Michael was a member of the Russian Club, BIPAC, JStreet, and Bridge Club, treasurer of the Brandeis Technical Trades Society (BTTS) and, of course, co-president of the Brandeis Chess Club.
Elizabeth Alshvang '15
Elizabeth was born in Brooklyn, New York after her family came to the United States from Azerbaijan. In high school, Elizabeth was involved in the varsity tennis team, the National Honor Society, UNICEF club, the school orchestra, and the Jewish Club. At Brandeis, Elizabeth joined the crew team and served as a Vice President of the Russian Club. Elizabeth was very interested in public health and computational linguistics.
Yonatan was born in Israel and came to New York with his parents at the age of two. Yonatan started to play piano at the age of six and has used his musicianship as a tool for summer camps as well as the high school he attended, Fiorello H. Laguardia High School, where he received a musical endorsement. He also passed the highest-level music exam administered by the New York Sate School Music Association.
Benjamin was born in Englewood, NJ after his parents came to U.S. from Ukraine. While at high school, Benjamin was involved in community service projects in the Jewish community, worked at his synagogue’s library, and was a teaching assistant at his Hebrew School. He also served as a Co-Editor in Chief of his high school newspaper, the President of his high school’s Hebrew Culture Club and was a member of French Honor Society.
Daniel was born in Rehovot, Israel and came to U.S. when he was 6. Prior to Brandeis, Daniel volunteered at his hometown’s local library and served as a chess teacher. Daniel was a member of a research program called Waksman Student Scholars Program, which was sponsored by Rutgers University. While at Brandeis, Daniel volunteered at the Boston Children's Hospital. He was a member of the Russian club. Daniel was on the pre-medical track.
Shimon was born in Kiev, Ukraine but has lived in Petah Tiqva, Israel for most of his life. After serving in the Israeli Defense Forces as a Combat Soldier and Commander, he worked in marketing and sales as a sales-team trainer and manager. On campus, Shimon worked as a Hebrew Tutor for the Hebrew Department, and as an LTS (Library and Technology Services) Help Desk Technician. Shimon also worked as the WATCH Housing Clinic Supervisor. He was also an Experiential Learning Fellow.
Anna was born in Moscow and came to the U.S. with her parents when she was 3. While in high school, she was involved in organizing and performing in musical and theatrical concerts. Later, Anna volunteered as an ESL instructor. At Brandeis, Anna was a Cultural Coordinator for Russian Club and a member of Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps. She was also a participant of Brigham and Women’s Hospital's Medical Career Exploration Program.
Daniel was born in Jerusalem and came to Cleveland, OH at the age of 11. Prior to Brandeis, Daniel participated in Science Research Program at Cleveland Epilepsy Center. He was also a writer to his school’s newspaper and a member of the model United Nations club. He is a 2012 Doubles Ohio State champion in tennis.
Daniel was born in St. Louis, Missouri after his family immigrated to the United States from Belarus. Prior to Brandeis, Daniel was involved in National Honors Society, Winter Cool Camp (a winter camp for kids with autism) and Crisis Nursery. He also founded the Jewish Student Union Chapter at his high school. At Brandeis he was involved with the Investment Club and participates in various volunteering opportunities both on and off campus.