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Junior Named Bronfman Fellow

JCHS is pleased to announce that junior Mira Kittner has been named a recipient of the prestigious Bronfman Fellowship.
JCHS is pleased to announce that junior Mira Kittner has been named a recipient of the prestigious Bronfman Fellowship.  Mira was chosen as one of 26 Fellows from a pool of 252 applicants across North America.  The highly selective Fellowship educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to become active participants in Jewish culture throughout their lives, and to contribute their talents and vision to the Jewish community and to the world at large.

Bronfman Fellows participate in a five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a rigorous year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts. The new class of Fellows will join a vibrant alumni network that includes some of today’s most exciting Jewish writers, thinkers and leaders including Rhodes Scholars, 4 Supreme Court clerks, 11 Fulbright Scholars, and 25 Wexner Fellows.

The Fellowship promotes the study of Jewish texts, traditions, history and culture as a way for Fellows to engage with each other and the world. The Fellows study with an esteemed faculty, and over the summer, they have the opportunity to meet with political and cultural figures in Israel such as authors Etgar Keret and A.B. Yehoshua, politician Ruth Calderon, activist Anat Hoffman and journalist Matti Friedman, Bronfman ’94, author of Pumpkinflowers: A Soldier’s Story and The Aleppo Codex: In Pursuit of One of the World's Most Coveted, Sacred, and Mysterious Books. They also spend a week with a group of Israeli peers who were chosen through a parallel selection process as part of the Israeli Fellowship, Amitei Bronfman.

Mira Kittner, daughter of Elissa and Alan Kittner of Berkeley is a junior at the
Jewish Community High School (JCHS) of the Bay. She is co-editor of the literary magazine The Howl, member of the student advisory board working on diversity and inclusion, and co-captain of the swim team. A Berkeley native, she and her family found their way to Congregation Beth Israel, a modern Orthodox synagogue in a circuitous path. For elementary and middle school, she attended a Jewish day school - Oakland Hebrew Day School, which sparked her love of literature, Hebrew and Jewish text study. Last summer, she spent three weeks in Maine participating in Seeds of Peace, a program which annually brings together teens from the Middle East and the U.S. for an intensive three-week collaborative dialogue experience. Influenced by the current refugee crisis, she has also been a volunteer tutor in San Francisco International High School’s after-school program Refugee Transitions. She loves hiking in Yosemite and on California’s beautiful coast, is passionate about psychology, literature, and drawing, and is learning to play the mandolin.
The program was founded by Edgar M. Bronfman, z”l, formerly CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd. and a visionary Jewish philanthropist. Mr. Bronfman passed away in December 2013.
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