Three Bay Area teens are among 26 winners of this year’s Bronfman Youth Fellowship. Lily Dodd of Palo Alto, Matan Grinberg of Mountain View and Louis Teitelbaum of Piedmont will join their peers from across the United States and Canada in a five-week summer program studying and traveling in Israel, where they will meet with prominent Israeli cultural and political figures, as well as study with Israeli teens. After the summer, Bronfman Youth Fellows will engage in a rigorous yearlong program and be responsible for spearheading Jewish community or social action programs in their regions.
An enthusiastic writer, 17-year-old Dodd, a junior at the Urban School of San Francisco, has won several awards for her fiction writing, including a short story award from the National YoungArts Foundation. Her short play, “Phillip from Lady FootLocker,” is being performed at the Urban One Acts Festival this weekend.
Grinberg, also a 17-year-old junior, captains the Latin III team and established the first physics club at Kehillah Jewish High School in Palo Alto. He served on the board, leadership council and alumni council of the South Peninsula Jewish Teen Foundation, helping raise around $200,00 in three years, and is a longtime member of the varsity soccer team and dance team.
Piedmont High School junior Teitel-baum, 17, is the principal trumpet for his school’s symphonic band. He is also a member of the cross-country team and the school’s robotics team. Teitelbaum attended Oakland Hebrew Day School, participates in Berkeley Midrasha and his local NCSY chapter, and belongs to Oakland’s Congregation Beth Jacob.
The Bronfman Youth Fellowships were founded in 1987 by philanthropist Edgar M. Bronfman. More than 1,000 alumni now work across North America and Israel.
“Edgar Bronfman placed enormous faith in young people’s ability to see the world not just as it is, but as it ought to be,” said Rabbi Mishael Zion, the fellowship program’s co-director.