Two Bay Area youths are among 26 high school students from across the United States and Canada selected to be Bronfman Youth Fellows.
Jaime Korman and Zoe Morgan-Weinman will participate in an intensive year of programming, beginning with five weeks of study and travel in Israel, designed to develop future community leaders committed to Jewish unity.
Korman, of Los Altos Hills, is a junior at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto. A soccer enthusiast who has played with the Palo Alto Soccer Club since he was 7, Korman was co-captain of his high school team last fall, earning all-league honors.
He also is an accomplished artist who recently spent the spring semester at the Oxbow School in Napa. He has won multiple awards for his art, including a Gold Key in the National Scholastic Art competition, and has been a board member of the San Francisco Jewish Teen Foundation, serving on its leadership council.
Morgan-Weinman, a junior at Jewish Community High School of the Bay in San Francisco, comes from a blended family including Jews by birth, Jews by choice and non-Jews.
Morgan-Weinman played volleyball on school and competitive club teams, and earned first team all-league honors.
She started a poetry club at school and has been a writer’s apprentice at San Francisco’s 826 Valencia, a writing center. She has a strong interest in early childhood education and for several years has worked at a local preschool and volunteered to help autistic children. She also serves as teaching assistant for her school’s Spanish instructor.
Bronfman Youth Fellows are chosen following a competitive application process, and represent diverse Jewish backgrounds. Among this year’s fellows are a competitive triathlete, a finalist in the International Bible Contest, a scientist who conducted fish surveys in Panama, a backpacker who spends summers hiking through Alaska and Utah and a cellist featured on National Public Radio.
While in Israel, fellows study with an esteemed rabbinic faculty, meet with political and cultural figures, and spend a week with a group of Israeli peers who were chosen through a parallel selection process as part of the Israeli Youth Fellowship, Amitei Bronfman.
Bronfman Youth Fellows are asked to devise and lead Jewish community or social action projects upon returning home after the summer.