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Annual Awards Ceremony Recognizes the Year’s Outstanding Achievements

Stern College for WomenAwards recognized the accomplishments of its students and faculty on Tuesday, May 14, 2019, at its annual awards ceremony. Dr. Karen Bacon, the Mordecai D. Katz and Dr. Monique C. Katz Dean of Undergraduate Faculty of Arts and Sciences, announced the valedictorians for both general and Jewish studies as a well as the recipients of a host of other awards.

In her opening remarks, Dr. Bacon noted that “there are some people who rise above everyone else, who somehow distinguish themselves in some extraordinary way and reach beyond their grasp. And those are the young women who we are going to recognize this evening for special awards. All of them are remarkable for not only having completed with distinction our Torah Umadda [Torah and secular knowledge] curriculum but by the commitments they make in their lives to both the community, to the Jewish people, to the larger world and to being a kiddush Hashem [sanctification of the name] in everything they do and everywhere they go.”

Dr. Karen Bacon, flanked by the dozens of award to be given out

The valedictorian of general studies for Stern College is Peri Zundell. Zundell noted that she and her classmates were fortunate enough to receive the tools and resources to navigate their transformative years and essentially define themselves. “In this room alone we represent a host of different majors and different career plans, but we also all share a common connection to the Yeshiva University community and the Torah Umadda ideal upon which it was founded,” said Zundell. “We know who we are as individuals, but we also know who we are as members of the Yeshiva University family and what is expected of us for the betterment of the Jewish community and the broader society.”

Rochel Hirsch was named valedictorian of the Rebecca Ivry Department of Jewish Studies. In her address she talked about how Jewish studies at Stern College is characterized by a remarkable diversity that allows students to study Tanakh, Torah, Talmud, Jewish history and philosophy. “Halacha [Jewish law] and Torah, in all its forms, are approached from many different vantage points,” said Hirsch. “For me, witnessing that multi-faceted Talmud Torah at an institutional level has inspired me and many of my peers.”

Faculty Awards
Lillian F. and William L. Silber Professor the Year
Dr. Alyssa Schuck, clinical assistant professor of biology

Dean Karen Bacon Faculty Award
Dr. Marian Gidea, chairman of the mathematics department, and Rabbi Lawrence Hajioff, instructor in Jewish Studies

Senior Class Award for Outstanding Professor in General Studies
Dr. Harvey Babich, chairman of the biology department, and Dr. Ann Peters, associate professor of English

Senior Award for Outstanding Professor in Jewish Studies
Mrs. Nechama Price, senior lecturer of Judaic Studies and Bible, and Rabbi Daniel Wolff, instructor in Jewish Studies

Other Awards
American Institute of Chemists Award for Excellence in Biochemistry
Tehilla Berger

American Institute of Chemists Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Ilana Karp

The Cengage Learning Book Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Tzivia Linfield

The Macmillian Publishing Book Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Neda Shokrian

The Lea and Alfons Blau Award in Life Sciences for a Student Entering a PhD Program
Ilana Karp

Miriam Araten Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible
Adina Cohen
Rochel Hirsch
Michelle Miller

Art Department Award for Excellence in Art History
Tziporah Singer

Biology Department Award for Excellence in Biology
Rachel Fried
Peri Zundell

Biology Department Award for Creativity in the Biological Sciences
Neda Shokrian

Professor Daniel Block Memorial Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Marjorie Liebling

Jacob Bluttal Award for Excellence in Behavioral Sciences
Talia Schiff

Computer Science Department Award for Excellence in Computer Science
Rachel Moskowitz
Ilana Radinsky

English Department Award for Creative Writing
Sonia Betesh
Rivka Reiter

Aliza Chaya Esral Memorial Award for Excellence in Studio Art
Rachel Feinberg

Mr. & Mrs. H.I. Feldman Award for Excellence in Biology
Rebecca Katz

Bryna Miller Fertig Memorial Award for Volunteer Work with Cancer Patients
Rebecca Lax
Elizabeth Mandelbaum

The Shayndel Feuerstein Award in Literature and Art
Rochel Hirsch

The Lawrence P. Fischer Memorial Award for Essay in Jewish History
Zoe Abboudi

Malka Fishhaut Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies
Aviva Jacobs
Michelle Laub

Abe Fleishaker Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish History
Shoshana Schreier
Esther Rothman

Esther Fleishaker Memorial Award for Excellence in Bible
Temima Kanarfogel
Rebecca Zami

Sol and Sarah Friedland Memorial Award for Excellence in Hebrew Literature
Leah Klahr

Herman Gerofsky Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish History
Rachel Fried

Benjamin and Jennie Hammer Memorial Award for Excellence in Political Science
Yael Blau

Sara T. Herschfus Memorial Award for Excellence in English
Leah Klahr

Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial Award for Excellence in Biology
Allison Schachter

Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial Award for Excellence in Psychology
Shira Wein

Ida Lamport Hurewitz Memorial Award for Excellence in Social Sciences
Alyssa Wruble
Rebecca Zami

Prof. Moses L. Isaacs Memorial Award for Excellence in Chemistry
Daniella Miller

Morris and Esther Kermaier Memorial Award for a Student Pursuing the Field of Jewish Education
Aviva Jacobs
Shoshana Schreier

Moses Langer Memorial Award for Excellence in Sociology
Michelle Laub

Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize – First Place
Rachel Rosenberg

Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize – Second Place
Shayna Doretsky

Langfan Family Constitutional Oratorical Prize – Third Place
Ashira Pollack

Jacob and Katie Lashin Memorial Award for Creativity in the Biological Sciences
Nechama Dembitzer

Rabbi Chaim Levine Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies
Tehilla Berger
Paulette Tawil

Morris Lipton Memorial Award for Excellence in Music
Rachel Shafier

Mathematics Department Award for Excellence in Mathematics
Ilana Radinsky

The Dean David and Sarrah Mirsky Memorial Award for Best Critical Essay
Fayga Paley

The Dean David and Sarrah Mirsky Memorial Award for Best Short Story Submission in Creative Writing
Shoshana Ciment

The Dean David and Sarrah Mirsky Memorial Award for Excellence in English
Daniella Dyckman
Fayga Paley

The Dean David and Sarrah Mirsky Memorial Award for Excellence in History

Rochel Hirsch
Shoshana Marder

The Dean David and Sarrah Mirsky Memorial Award for Excellence in Journalism
Shoshana Ciment

The Dean David and Sarrah Mirsky Memorial Award for Excellence in Philosophy
Yael Blau

Women’s Branch of the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies
Nicole Rothenberg

Marcia Pearlstein Memorial Award for Excellence in Hebraic Studies
Rebecca Askarinam
Paulette Tawil

Professor Nathaniel L. Remes Memorial Award for Character, Personality and Service to SCW
Talia Schiff

Joseph Rosenberg Memorial Award for Excellence in Jewish Studies and Ethics
Yael Blau
Eliana Kaufman
Esther Rothman

The Edward A. Rothman Memorial Award for the Best Paper on Issues in Judaism in Practice
Shayna Herszage

Constance Schwartzappel Memorial Award for Excellence in Speech Pathology & Audiology
Eliana Kaufman

Gilda R. S. Silverman Memorial Award for Excellence in Early Childhood Education
Leora Meyers

Gilda R. S. Silverman Memorial Award for Excellence in Elementary Education
Alyssa Roth

Gilda R. S. Silverman Memorial Award for Excellence in Speech Pathology & Audiology
Daniella Azose
Nurit Esral
Jordana Levine

Phyllis Gordon Solomon Memorial Award for Excellence in Pre-law Studies
Fayga Shulman

The Esther Zuroff Alumnae Award for Service to the College and Academic Achievement
Shirah Isaacs

Office of Student Life Student Leadership Award
Adina Cohen
Shoshana Marder
Shirel Swissa

Lisa Wachtenheim Memorial Award for Service
Yael Blau

Susan R. Nobel Wertentheil Memorial Award to a Prospective Law Student
Elizabeth Soclof
Ariella Yomtobian

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