Scheck Hillel’s Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program was celebrated this week to recognize the 14th generation of Ambassadors. Samuel Attias '23, Natalie Esquenazi '23, Naomi Fischbach '24, Jamie Kurzer '23 and Johnathan Lev-Tov '23 recounted their experiences to date and how Jewish core values guide all that they do. Scheck Hillel alumna and parent Dori Gilinski addressed the group: “The world needs leaders like you today. The world needs people who care and give their best and are truly committed to making a difference...I also want to thank Hillel. Being here will change the arc of your life forever more. The support that you find here - the family that you find here - is unlike anything else in the world. We’re all very lucky to be a part of it.” Representing her family along with Scheck Hillel parent Stephanie Gilinski, Dori closed by encouraging Ambassadors' classmates to "be intentional" and apply in spring 2023.
Each Ambassador reflected on the values, opportunities and role-models who influenced their journey to serving others. Through dance, mentoring, combating antisemitism or partnering with community organizations, they inspired others as they learned about themselves. As Samuel Attias wrote in his application, "...giving is the most gratifying thing you can do in life."
Dori added, "The Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program gives a platform to amplify all the good that you can achieve. I’ve been so inspired this morning by the students. All their different passions. All their different abilities. Coming together as a group makes you stronger than being by yourself. My family is deeply passionate about academic excellence, service to the community, Jewish values, bringing all of those together through the program has been absolutely incredible."
The Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Hillel Ambassador Program was created in 2009 and is the first merit-based scholarship of its kind at Scheck Hillel Community School. The program recognizes students in Grades 9-12 who demonstrate their commitment to learning in extraordinary ways. These students are school ambassadors to the extended community because they bring to life the school’s mission through accomplishment and talent, whether in the classroom, on the field, on stage or through community projects.
With great appreciation for the generosity and vision of the Jaime and Raquel Gilinski Family.