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American Studies student wins fellowship


The Bronfman Fellowship selected Riverdalian Maayan Rosenfield for an immersive Israel program, stated an announcement from The Samuel Bronfman Foundation. The five-week summer program promotes the study of Jewish texts, traditions, history and culture.

She and a cohort of 25 other high school juniors will study and travel in Israel. Fellows will meet cultural and political figures like authors Etgar Keret and A.B. Yehoshua and politician Ruth Calderon. Afterward, students will engage in a year of programming based on social responsibility and Jewish texts, according to the foundation.

Rosenfield is currently a junior at High School of American Studies. She is a member of the Conservative Synagogue Adath Israel of Riverdale, where she volunteers at a Hebrew school with a group of local teens interested in Jewish learning and mentoring children. Rosenfield previously attended SAR Academy, listed the statement.

The 2017 fellows hail from 14 U.S. states and Canada and have a diverse range of Jewish backgrounds like Chabad, Orthodox and Reconstructionist. Rosenfeld was selected from a pool of more than 200 applicants across North America, listed the foundation.

Edgar Bronfman, former ceo of Seagram Company who passed away in 2013, created the program in 1987.

NYC ed department wants input
New York City’s education department announced it’s updating its online School Finder tool for the 2017-18 high school admission process and wants user feedback by June 30. 

The survey is available online at Officials say it takes five minutes to complete.

If students and families need a copy of the high school admissions book, they can visit the education department’s website to download the PDF or to print a paper copy at

Mount prof co-creates medical patent
College of Mount Saint Vincent biology professor Robert Suriano is a co-investigator of a patent that could increase the safety of vaccines.
The majority of vaccines are created with aluminum-based products designed to enhance the body’s response against antigens like bacteria and viruses, Suriano said in a release. Although aluminum has been FDA approved for nearly a century, it’s still a known neurotoxin.

Suriano’s work, in partnership with New York Medical College in Valhalla could lead to a safer alternative to aluminum-based products in vaccines to fight infectious diseases. It also could lead to a breakthrough in the creation of a cancer vaccine, the Mount said.

Dinowitz secures Exterior speed bump
The city’s transportation department will install a speed bump on Exterior Street between West 255th and West 230th streets to help to alleviate some of the hazardous driving that has been taking place in the area.

“Exterior Street is a heavily trafficked street that leads into the Target shopping center,” Assemblyman Jeffrey Dinowitz said in a release. “Three buildings from the Marble Hill Houses and over a thousand people residing there are along this street. It’s also a walking route to schools, including P.S. 310.”

Dinowitz nor the transportation department shared a timeline on when the speed bump would be installed.