Jewish Star Schools

A HAFTR Junior is named a Bronfman Fellow


Daniel Friedman, a junior at HAFTR High School, is one of 26 students from across North America to be selected as a recipient of the prestigious Bronfman Fellowship.

The Bronfman Fellows will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a rigorous year of programming that will immerse them in an intensive exploration of Jewish text study, pluralism and social responsibility.

The Fellowship promotes the study of Jewish texts, traditions, history and culture as a way for Fellows to engage with each other and the world.

There are now over 1,100 Bronfman Fellowship alumni in Israel and North America, including some of today’s most inspiring Jewish writers, thinkers and leaders. 

Daniel is a member of numerous teams and clubs at HAFTR High School, including the math team, science and engineering club, and Model Congress. In addition, Daniel is a writer for the HAFTR Tattler, the school’s student newspaper. He ranked among the top ten national finalists at the Jerusalem Science Competition, and has won numerous awards for his science projects on spectroscopy.

Last month, Daniel was selected as Student of the Year at HAFTR High School’s annual Celebration of Excellence, where he delivered the keynote address. Daniel is also involved in the Yeshiva University Talmud Study Program, and currently ranks in the top five nationwide. In the future, Daniel hopes to continue to combine his passions for science, Torah, reading, and writing in a career. 

The Bronfman Fellowship program was founded by Edgar M. Bronfman, z”l, formerly CEO of the Seagram Company Ltd. and a visionary Jewish philanthropist.

The Fellowships reflect Bronfman’s early and impassioned belief that for the Jewish people to thrive, Israeli and American Jews must be engaged in open and creative discourse with one another. The alumni embody Bronfman’s vision that young people who are enriched and engaged by their Judaism are poised to contribute not only to Jewish life, but to improving the world.

The highly selective Fellowship educates and inspires exceptional young Jews from diverse backgrounds to become active participants in Jewish culture throughout their lives.