Our Alumni Have the World at Their Fingertips

Hanah Brasch (‘10): Intern in the Hague

Hanah Brasch (class of 2010), is spending this fall interning in the communications department in the  International Criminal Tribunal for the Former Yugoslavia (ICTY).  Read more.

Sarah Weiss Ma'udi (‘93): Israel Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Director of the General International Law Department 

Sarah Weiss Ma’udi represents Israel in matters of maritime law; water law; international borders; international law relating to natural gas and oil; the recognition of states; Israeli domestic sanctions policies regarding Iran; and Israeli policies with its neighbors. Recalling her days on Model UN, Weiss Ma’udi says, “I live out Model UN in real life. It was fun, and now I get to play that role on TV.” Read more.

Eric Silberman (‘09): Fulbright Scholar

Ricky Silberman (class of 2009), was granted a scholarship by the Fulbright Program. Annually, the program gives grants to 8000 students from around the world, allowing them to spend a year in a foreign country studying a topic of their choice. Read more.

Joel Feigenbaum (‘09): Nationally Ranked College Pitcher

Joel Feigenbaum has played two seasons for the Maccabees and is doing more than just “getting by” in all of his college juggling—he has been excelling. On top of his 3.85 GPA and his commitment to Torah, Joel is a nationally-ranked pitcher this year. Read more.

Zach Novetsky (‘05): Student Rep. at Durban II and NYU Senior

Zach Novetsky (class of 2005), in his final year at New York University, was chosen in spring 2009 as one of three U.S. student representatives at “Durban II”-- the United Nations’ 2009 World Conference on Racism, Racial Discrimination, Xenophobia, and Other Intolerance in Geneva. He joined the European Union of Jewish Student’s delegation there and wrote a blog for the Jerusalem Post as the event unfolded. Read more.

Yochi J. Dreazen (‘94): Wall Street Journal reporter

During his senior year at the Academy, Yochi Dreazen built a newspaper, Kolot, from scratch. He raised the money and recruited a small staff of like-minded editors. he soon found a small high school in southern Illinois that was willing to print the newspaper for us for free as a class project. The other editors would join him in the computer lab to edit and layout each issue. Read more

Brad Sugar (’00): Director, Jewish Student Union

Aside from going to Cubs games with Mr. Harris, an AP History project about the Water Reclamation District of Chicago (which earned state honors), and the planning best Purim Shpiel to ever grace the ICJA stage, perhaps the best memory of ICJA I have is meeting and dating my wife, Shaina. Read more

David Steinberg (‘80): Animation

David landed his first job in animation the summer after his senior year at Ida Crown when he showed his “Keter 1980” yearbook illustrations to Don Bluth, a Disney director who was forming his own studio. David’s enthusiasm, more than his artwork, garnered a summer job varnishing desks for the fledgling company. Read more

Raysh Weiss (’02): Fulbright Scholar

In Aug. 2006, Rachel Weiss (’02) arrived in Germany to encounter what continues to be her “biggest revelation” as a Fulbright grant recipient. While spending Shabbat with a young couple in Frankfurt, Weiss realized that the pair had little access to Jewish education for their young child and bought kosher food from a list of products. “It was suddenly clear to me that basic staples of Jewish life in the U.S. and Israel, such as hechsherim and Jewish education, are not to be taken for granted,” she says. Read more

Gabe Axler (’00): Israel Defense Forces

Many Academy graduates continue to learn and actively stay involved with Israel long after graduation. When Academy Alum Gabe Axler (’00) joined the Israeli Defense Forces, he felt his ICJA education prepared him for everyday life in Israel. Read more

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