READ ALUMNI STORIES
BGI IN THE NEWS
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.
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. Meir plans to pursue a major in Neuroscience.
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 and he plans to major in economics.
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, and she is strongly considering pursuing a neuroscience
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. She plans to major in Neuroscience with a possible double major in Psychology and a minor in Russian Studies. Her goal
is to go to a medical school upon her graduation from
Brandeis and become a neurologist.
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.
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 is 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. Upon
his graduation from Brandeis, Michael is planning to
continue his education at Law school.
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 serves as a Vice President of the Russian Club. Elizabeth is very interested in public health and computational linguistics. She is considering majoring in Computer Science and Linguistics, with possible minors in HSSP or Russian Studies. She hopes to either go to medical
school or pursue a Masters degree in computational
linguistics after graduating from Brandeis.
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. At Brandeis, Yonatan is currently pursuing a degree in biophysics, and is a premedical student.
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. Benjamin’s prospective and possible majors are Mathematics, Economics, Computer Science.
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 is a member of the Russian club. He enjoys playing guitar and going on fishing trips. Daniel is on the pre-medical track. He is planning to major in Biology and continue his studies in medical school.
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 works as a Hebrew Tutor for the Hebrew Department, and as an LTS (Library and Technology Services) Help Desk Technician. Shimon also works as the WATCH Housing Clinic Supervisor. He is also an Experiential Learning Fellow. He is double majoring in Economics and Anthropology and minoring in International and
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 is a Cultural Coordinator for Russian Club and a member of Brandeis Emergency Medical Corps. She is also a participant of Brigham and Women’s Hospital's Medical Career Exploration Program. She is planning to major in Anthropology, Biology and Neuroscience, and hopes to continue on to medical school.
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.
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 is pursuing a double major in Neuroscience and Psychology and plans on attending a medical school after he graduates from Brandeis.
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.
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 is involved with the Investment Club and participates in various volunteering opportunities both on and off campus. Daniel intends to double major in Business and Economics.