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Twenty-one Atlanta-area Jewish teens were honored on May 5 at Greater Atlanta Hadassah’s 22nd-annual Marian F. Perling Hadassah Chesed Student Awards Program, held at Congregation Etz Chaim.
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The Chesed awards have been given annually since 1992 to one student from each of the Atlanta-area Jewish day schools and synagogue religious schools. Students in grades seven through 12 are eligible to receive the award, and each school chooses its own recipient.
Nominees are chosen based on criteria that are of paramount importance to the Hadassah organization and its members, including love for Israel; concern for Jews and Jewish culture and heritage; concern for fellow human beings as exemplified through manner and deed; and acceptable academic standing.
Recipients of the 2013 Marian F. Perling Hadassah Chesed Student Awards were:
Aaron Duwell (Ahavath Achim); Matthew Mutnick (Beth Shalom); Linsey Cohen (B’nai Torah); Ryan Shindler (Dor Tamid); Lena Robbins (Etz Chaim); Alyssa Sargon (Gesher L’Torah); Rebecca Adler (Or Hadash); Erica Rubin (Or VeShalom); Sydney Wolfe (Shearith Israel); Zoe Bagel (Greenfield Hebrew Academy); Daniel Sandfelder (Beth Tikvah); Rachel Vaizer (Emanu-El); Rachel Liebman (Kehillat Chaim); Cayla Harris (Kol Emeth); Danielle Gately (Temple Sinai); Sari Bircoll (Davis Academy); Roei Levi (Epstein); Zachary Maslia (The Temple); Olivia Gavriella Mendel (Weber); Meechal Lovett (Torah Day); and Ethan Arbiser (Yeshiva Atlanta).