Every year, Schechter Westchester, a Jewish day school in Hartsdale, gives one incoming ninth grader a four-year merit scholarship. The Akiva Scholarship goes to an outstanding applicant who has never attended Jewish day school. Adam Shinder, an eighth grader from New City, is this year’s recipient.
Adam and his family are members of the New City Jewish Center. While Adam always has been a regular attendee at NCJC for holidays, Shabbat services, and special events, his interest in learning more about his religion and culture really sparked after his bar mitzvah. He continued to study Judaism with his tutor, Leslie Goldress, and he developed a passion for learning more. He went to public school in the Clarkstown Central school district, achieving high honor roll throughout his middle school years. He has been a member of the robotics team, worked on the school newspaper, and been secretary of the Student Council for the 2016 class. He has also volunteered for a soup kitchen in Suffern, in the local Buddy Ball program, and at the Jewish Federation of Rockland’s annual phoneathon.