Five Students Accepted to the Truman Scholars Program

post by Hillel Torah | Feb 03, 2021

We are excited to announce Hillel Torah’s participation in the Truman Scholars Program, an 18-month program for outstanding 7th grade students in Orthodox Jewish Day Schools. Five of our 7th grade students, Ami Gavant, Aaron Koenig, Josh Koplow, Natan Miller, and Aiden Rich applied and were accepted to this inaugural program from the Tikvah Fund.  

The Tikvah Fund is a philanthropic foundation and ideas institution committed to supporting the intellectual, religious, and political leaders of the Jewish people and the Jewish State. Hillel Torah was one of 20 schools from across the United States selected to participate in this exciting new initiative, designed specifically for middle school students, to prepare them to become the Jewish leaders of tomorrow.

Our five 7th grades will join a cohort of 100 7th grade day school students from across the country to explore the foundational ideas, key texts, and great leaders of American civilization and modern Zionism, including the special relationship between the United States and Israel.

Under the guidance of an incredible faculty, including Rabbi Mark Gottlieb, Tikvah Fund Program Dean, Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Professor Ruth Wisse, and Dr. Leon Kass, students will spend an hour each week of their own time (in the evenings or on weekends), studying Biblical and Rabbinic sources in addition to historic speeches, stories, and court decisions that have crafted these two great nations. 

We are so proud of our Hillel Torah students for participating in this enriching learning experience and we look forward to seeing their progress and what they learn as they embark on this new initiative.

For more information on the Truman Scholars Program please visit their website at