Mazel tov to Max Bamberger '21 who is a recipient of the prestigious Bronfman Fellowship! Max joins a cohort of 26 Fellows, outside-the-box thinkers who are passionate about deep dialogue and intellectual exploration from across North America and who will take part in an intensive study of Jewish text and pluralism.
He is the CoEditor of the JCHS literary magazine, The Howl, in which he writes with a focus on retelling ancient Jewish stories and archetypes through modern settings, struggles, and narrators. In addition, he is Assistant Editor of the student news source, The JCHS Observer, and has contributed on multiple occasions to The Jewish News of Northern California. Max has played leading roles in three JCHS musical productions.
He spent three summers at Kayitz BaKibbutz Shluchot summer camp in Israel and has interned at small media organizations for the past two summers. In the summer of 2018, Max worked at BimBam (formerly G-dcast), a Jewish digital storytelling and education nonprofit based in Oakland, as a production assistant for their Jewish history series and for Shaboom!, their kids’ series. In the summer of 2019, he served as the first-ever intern for Koolulam (based in Tel Aviv), a socialmusical initiative aimed at strengthening the fabric of society through mass-singing events and online videos.
At JCHS, Max’s studies have included Hebrew Literature, Advanced Bible and Commentary, American History, Computer Science, and Advanced Physics, and Max is currently enrolled in independent studies for Music Theory, Multivariable Calculus, and SecondYear Arabic.
Max is a member of the first JCHS Rock Climbing team and, in his free time, he likes to play guitar and Ultimate Frisbee (though rarely simultaneously). He and his four younger siblings were raised in the multi-generational Modern Orthodox community of Berkeley’s Congregation Beth Israel.
The Jewish Community High School of the Bay (JCHS) is a unique college preparatory high school committed to integrating deep learning, universal wisdom, and Jewish values. We empower each student to embrace her or his Jewish identity, generate empathy and compassion, delight in lifelong education, and improve the world.