Award recipient Gabriela Sallmander
Award recipient Gabriela Sallmander Photo: Becky Kestenbaum

Last week, a ceremony was held in recognition for immigrant students who excel in schools as part of Jerusalem’s District State Religious education system.

Five of the fourteen students who received certificates of excellence for their academic and social achievements made Aliyah from the United States in recent years through the Nefesh B’Nefesh (NBN) organization in cooperation with the Jewish Agency, the Ministry of Immigrant Absorption, the Jewish National Fund and JNF-USA.

The American winners were: Hadassah Juni, a fifth grader who made Aliyah in 2015 to Efrat; Tamar Deutsch, a fifth grader who made Aliyah in 2010 to Ma'ale Adumim; Gavriela Berk, an eleventh grader who made Aliyah in 2013 to Beit Shemesh; Shulamit Cooper, a twelfth grader who made Aliyah in 2012 to Ma’ale Adumim; and Gabriella Sallmander, a twelfth grader who made Aliyah in 2013 to Modiin.

"I am proud to see students from so many countries not only overcome the challenges that all Olim must endure upon their arrival in Israel, but they went above and beyond and received outstanding achievements in their studies and social surroundings in such a short time,” said NBN Executive Vice President Zev Gershinsky

“It is exciting to see the students who came to Israel through 'NBN' a few years ago already exceed expectations and we hope they will continue to achieve greatness down the road.”