ADL names two St. Louis students as Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship recipients

Shoshana Williams

The Anti-Defamation League has announced that local high school seniors Shoshana Williams (John Burroughs) and Rebecca Bloom (Clayton High School) are the recipients of the ADL’s 19th Annual Meyer and Marcelle Kranzberg Memorial Scholarship Awards.  Each will receive a $2,000 college scholarship. Nominees Bella Adler (Yeshivat Kadimah High School), Elena Bernstein (Parkway Central), Noa Rose (Whitfield School), Evan Pierce (Parkway North), and Zoey Fleisher (Crossroads College Preparatory) will receive a $100 book stipend.

The selection process is interactive and highlights current events on the ADL regional agenda. Nominated by a variety of Jewish community leaders and educators, the group was asked to reflect quickly and respond to issues such as campus environments and the boycott, divestment and sanctions movement and suggest a “What Would ADL Do?” approach.

“The conversation this year was marked by a uniquely high level of confidence expressed by the nominees,” said Adinah Raskas, chair of the selection committee. “There was a difference of opinion in approaches, but the capacity of these students to engage in respectful conversation while educating others will be high – that’s extremely important to ADL right now.”  

Ken Kranzberg, a member of ADL’s National Executive Committee and former chair of the regional advisory board established the scholarship in his parents’ memory.  Members of the Selection Committee included Kranzberg along with Rhiannon Kaye, Connie Levy, Tasha Kaminsky and Mary Ann Srenco. 

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