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Gabrielle Schwartz was born in New York and moved with her family to Florida when she was eleven. In high school, she worked at Miami Spine Care where she participated in research on the Meta-analysis of Spinal Manipulation and observed various surgeries. She was involved in the Student Union and Science National Honor Society, and graduated as a member of the Summa Cum Laude Society. At Brandeis, Gabrielle is involved in the Swing Dance and Ballroom Club, in addition to starting a new Film Society Club. She is currently working at Brandeis Undergraduate Admissions. She is majoring in Psychology and Philosophy, and minoring in Russian. After Brandeis, Gabrielle plans to pursue a graduate degree in Clinical Psychology.
Michael Barats was born in South Carolina after his parents emigrated to the U.S. from Russia. During high school, he was active in the local Chabad and helped to start the first local Kosher Food Bank. He was also a People to People Student Ambassador and a Student Ambassador for his High School. Michael has a passion for the sciences, and at Brandeis, he is majoring in Biology and Neuroscience with a minor in Chemistry. In his free time, he enjoys being in the Tennis Club, playing soccer, and mountain biking.
Daniel Shpilsky was born in New Jersey, after his parents emigrated to the U.S. from Kiev. Daniel graduated from Golda Och Academy in West Orange, NJ, where he was the President of both the National Honor Society and Israel Advocacy Club. He was also editor-in-chief of the school newspaper and captain of the soccer team. At Brandeis, Daniel is the Vice-President of Students for Accuracy about Israeli and Palestinian Affairs, and is a co-founder of CAASE, the Coalition Against Anti-Semitism in Europe. He is also active with Tamid Consulting Group and the Squash Club on campus. Daniel plans to double major in Economics and Politics.
Emil Koenig was born in Burlington, Vermont a few years after his mother moved to the United States from the Soviet Union. He grew up mostly in Vermont, occasionally making trips to Moscow (his mother's home town). Then, at age seven, Emil's parents took him to Moscow to live there for all four years of Russian elementary school. After completing elementary school, Emil and his family moved back to Vermont and stayed there for most of Emil's grade school career. Emil studied abroad in Beijing with the School Year Abroad program during his junior year of high school. At Brandeis, Emil is studying Politics and Economics and is planning on minoring in Chinese.
Sasha Kliger was born in Boston and raised in Boston suburbs. Her parents emigrated to the U.S from Moscow, Russia. Sasha graduated from Newton North High School in Newton, MA. At Newton North, Sasha was actively involved with the mock trial team and volunteered as a peer tutor. At Brandeis, Sasha continues to be involved with the Brandeis mock trial team and works at the Brandeis Office of High School Programs. Sasha plans to major in English and Philosophy with a possible minor in Mathematics.
Lily Shrayfer's family immigrated to New York from Tashkent, Uzbekistan. From the age of ten, she acquired a strong passion for the theater, taking classes at Atlantic Arts Academy in Palm Beach Florida every day after school. During her senior year at Suncoast High, Lily created the school's first improv troupe, wrote for the school's literary magazine, and became a Drama Pathfinder nominee. She came to Brandeis as a Questbridge Scholar. When she isn't shelving books in the library, she can be found tap dancing in the gym, hanging with fellow Russian Club members or volunteering at Stanley Elementary with her Little Sister. Lily plans to major in both Theater and Philosophy.
Nicole Kovalevsky was born in Highland Park, IL to immigrants from Lviv, Ukraine and Tashkent, Uzbekistan. While attending Chicagoland Jewish high school, Nicole realized her desire to develop her Jewish identity and to become more involved in the greater Jewish community. Her interest in leadership prompted her to get involved with the school's literary journal (where she served as the editor-in-chief during her senior year), while also serving as the co-chair of the school's Shabbaton committee. At Brandeis, Nicole is pursuing a major in HSSP (health: science, society, and policy) as well as a minor in Legal Studies. She also enjoys working with infants and toddlers at Lemberg’s Children Center and plans to engage in meaningful volunteer work.
Chantal Tepper was born and raised in Miami Beach, Florida after her family emigrated from Dagestan, Russia. While studying at Alonzo and Tracy Mourning Sr. High School, she was the President of the school's Law Academy, varsity goalie of the women's water polo team, and historian of the National Honor Society. Before coming to Brandeis, she has completed internships at the North Dade Justice Center and Patino Law firm in Miami Beach. At Brandeis, she is a member of the Russian Club, Hillel, and Meor Maimonides program. She is interested in majoring in HSSP (health: science, society and policy) and studying the Russian language.
Rachel Feinberg was born in Boston, MA to immigrants from Moscow, Russia. Rachel graduated from Boston University Academy where she was a member of her school's fencing team and an admissions ambassador. At Brandeis, she is part of Farmers Club and BAMCO, and has a part-time job. Rachel plans on pursuing a double major in Politics and International and Global Studies, as well as minors in Legal Studies and Philosophy.
David was born in Los Gatos, California after his family emigrated from St. Petersburg, Russia. While studying at Bellarmine College Preparatory in San Jose, he was the captain of the Model United Nations Team. In addition, he was an executive officer in student government and he competed in both track and cross-country running events. In scouting, David led his troop as the Senior Patrol Leader and reached the rank of Eagle. At Brandeis, David is a member of the Parliamentary Debate Team, Tennis Club, and Russian Club. David is pursuing a double major in Economics and Business.
Rochelle was born in Los Angeles, California, after her parents moved there from Latvia. She graduated from Agoura Hills High School, where she was a member of the California Honors Society. Rochelle worked as a tutor and volunteered at a therapeutic horseback riding barn for special needs children. She plans on majoring in Biochemistry with a minor in HSSP.
David was born and raised in New York. In high school, he worked at the Sloan Kettering Institute in Manhattan, where he conducted a bioinformatic study of neural stem cell development. His work was recognized by the Intel Science Talent Search. He is currently working as an independent iOS and Ruby on Rails developer. He is majoring in Computer Science.
Dennis was born in Odessa, Ukraine. He was one and a half years old when his family immigrated to Massachusetts. During his years at Swampscott High School he was part of the Best Buddies club and volunteered at the local senior center. When he was 15 and 17 when he climbed Mt. Elbrus and Mt. Kilimanjaro respectively. At Brandeis, Dennis is a member of salsa club. He is on premed track, majoring in Biochemistry. Dennis aspires to be a pediatrician.
Polina was born in Moscow, Russia. Her family moved to the United States when she was 2 years old. In the U.S., she lived in California, Kansas, and Buffalo, NY. In high school, Polina was active in multiple Jewish youth groups, Track and Field. On campus, Polina is active in Hillel, BOO, and works in the library. Polina is planning on studying Computer Science, Math, and French.
Liora was born in Israel and moved with her parents to Dallas, Texas when she was 1 year old. Liora graduated from Yavneh Academy of Dallas, and was very involved in the music ensemble as well as the United Synagogue Youth (USY). She is planning on studying Psychology and Premed studies and is actively involved in Hillel, Brandeis Orthodox Organization (BOO), Shira Chadasha, and Kindness Day. After graduation, she plans to attend medical school and pursue a career in pediatric psychiatry.
Regina was born in Chicago, Illinois a year after her family emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine. Regina graduated from Niles North High School in Skokie, IL, where she took part in National Honors Society, Spanish National Honor Society, and competed in regional and state science fairs. Regina also enjoyed her leadership positions as an executive board member of Dance Marathon, a tutor in her high school's literacy center, president of Women's Empowerment Club, and as editor of the school's newspaper. At Brandeis, Regina is the program coordinator for the Romance Studies Department's Hispano-American Photography and Cinematography round-table discussion and was on the executive board of Brandeis University Students for NARAL. She intends to major in Psychology and Hispanic Studies, and hopes to minor in International and Global Studies, Latin American Studies, and Legal Studies. After college Regina plans to travel and volunteer abroad, and eventually pursue a career in the field of either law or psychology.
Iona' was born is Kiev, Ukraine, and moved with his family to Boston when he was three. At Brookline High School, he took an interest in history, disparate social justice activism, and radical left wing theory. Upon arriving at Brandeis, Iona commenced the study of Anthropology, Environmental Studies, and the Arabic language. He takes part in Brandeis Fossil Fuel Divestment Campaign and Brandeis Students for Justice in Palestine and climate justice movement.
Idelle was born and raised in Palos Verdes, California. Her parents emigrated from Baku, Azerbaijan and Minsk, Belarus. Idelle graduated from Chadwick School, where she was All Student Body Secretary, Head Photographer for all school publications, a member of the Hispanic Honors Society, and founder of her own community service program, Healthy Habits. At Brandeis, Idelle is a Waltham Group Coordinator for Hospital Helpers/Veggie Buddies. Idelle is pursuing a double major in Psychology and Health: Science, Society, and Policy and plans on attending medical school after she graduates from Brandeis.
Lori was born in Bloomfield, NJ. Her parents emigrated from Odessa, Ukraine. Lori graduated from Livingston High School in Livingston, NJ. Lori was a gymnast from the age of two and danced competitively throughout high school. She was also a president of the Business Honor Society and an active member of the Organization of Student Tutors and Future Business Leaders of America. Currently, Lori is a member of Adagio and Hooked on Tap, two dance groups on campus, as well as the gymnastics club. Lori plans to double major in business and economics with a possible minor in mathematics.
Hannah was born and raised in Cherry Hill, NJ after her parents emigrated from the former Soviet Union. She moved through the school system as an exceptional musician, performing in Lincoln Center and Carnegie Hall, and won many awards for both piano and upright bass. Outside of school she danced competitively and volunteered at nursing homes as well as Cooper University Hospital. She finished high school as a National Merit Finalist, part of the Cum Laude Society, a member of the Performing and Visual Arts Society, and a Louis Armstrong Award recipient. At Brandeis, Hannah is a board member of the Russian Club, performs as a Leonard Bernstein Fellow on piano, and studies on the Pre-Med track with a prospective major in Neuroscience.
Eve was born in New York after her family came to United States from the Former Soviet Union. She has been playing chess since she was 5 and was invited to represent the U.S. in the World Youth Championships five times. Eve was an active member of her high school’s Amnesty International Chapter and served as captain of the tennis team. Currently, she is the president of the Brandeis Chess Club and a member of Banshee, Brandeis Women’s Ultimate team. Eva is interested in Languages, Law and Economic studies.
Breanna was raised in Fair Lawn, NJ after her parents came to the U.S. from Ukraine. At high school, Breanna was involved in various activities, volunteered and tutored for the National Honor Society and French Honor Society. At Brandeis, Breanna has joined the fencing club and the Brandeis Russian Club. Breanna is interested to study and practice psychology, which she intends to major in along with Neuroscience. She also wants to perfect her knowledge of French and Russian.
Dan was born in New York after his parents moved to the U.S. Prior to Brandeis, Dan participated in different sports and in an a cappella group. He was member of the local Chabad Youth Group and organized the first ever Science Career Day at his high school. At Brandeis, Dan received a prestigious Lerman-Neubauer fellowship. Dan’s prospective majors are Chemistry and Psychology. He also plans to minor in Music.