ON MAY 5, Rutgers students were recognized for their academic achievements in Jewish studies at a virtual end-of year celebration and awards ceremony. Awards were given to undergraduate and graduate students and included grants for study in Israel.
The annual awards ceremony is sponsored by the Department of Jewish Studies and the Allen and Joan Bildner Center for the Study of Jewish Life at Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey. Three students from Middlesex County were among those receiving awards (see below). The other recipients include Moyagaye Bedward, Hanna Graifman, Christine Jensen, Anuska Lahir, Amanda Leifer, Brianna Newman, Brandon Roberts, Annabelle Sinoff, Avraham Sommer, and Steven Weinberg.
Dina Fradkin, a senior from Monroe Township, is a psychology major and history minor. She received the Deborah S. and Herbert B. Wasserman Award in both fall 2019 and spring 2020 in support of her research project on mental health services among first-generation, American-born Russian Jews. She hopes to one day become a doctor, focusing on issues of cultural sensitivity as they relate to treatment adherence in an effort to improve patient outcomes.
Ryan McGinnis, a senior from New Brunswick, is an information technology and informatics major and Jewish studies minor who is working toward a master’s of information degree. He received the Ruth Feller Rosenberg Award. He is interested in a career in data analysis or cyber security.
Yael Rabin, a senior from Highland Park, is majoring in public health with a double minor in sociology and Jewish studies. She received the Dr. Benjamin F. Glasser and Lillian Glasser Award. She’s interested in working in the public health field and improving the welfare of underserved communities.