Heschel Honor Society

Here at Beth El Synagogue, Heschel Honor Society is in its sixth year, and it has continuously made an enormous impact on those who are involved. We recognize that our teens are diverse in their interests, extracurricular activities and academic achievements. The Heschel Honor Society strives to cultivate the strengths and passions of a select number of talented teens—especially with Jewish life and learning. You are recognized in this capacity as a member of our own chapter of the international Abraham Joshua Heschel Honor Society.
As a member of the AJHHS, our students are committed to:

  1. The Study of Torah – Society members must take part in monthly learning sessions led by Rabbi Olitzky.
  2. Prayer (Avodah) – Society members must participate in congregational prayer at least four times a month – three of which should be on Shabbat.
  3. Acts of Loving Kindness (G’milut Hasadim) – At least once a month, society members must engage in at least two hours of community service.


Heschel Honor Society Members

9th Grade 10th Grade 11th Grade 12th Grade
Gabriel Kaplan*
Mira Malka*
Noah Orloff*
Allison Birnberg*
Tomer Bundt
Elan Buslovich
Libby Cohen*
Rafi Leviton*
Sofia Seewald
Eitan Weinstein
Zachary Weiser*
Sarah Yousha*
Yonah Davis
Luis Felemovicius*
Isaac Gittleman
Gabrielle Herman*
Gabriel Herman*
Daniel Hunegs*
Cole Kristal
Maya Kupritz
Danielle Orloff
Jake Birnberg
Samuel Birnberg
Avinoam Bundt
Ezra Cohen
Emma Feinberg
Jillian Greenberg
Josh Halper
Isabel Leviton
Jacob Ratner
Dena Rosen
Elliot Schochet
Elizabeth Shapiro
Lily Smith
Maya Smith
Andy Weisman
Isaac Wert
Abigail Yousha*

*denotes 2017-18 inductee

Important Dates and Times


Rabbi Olitzky’s once-a-month study group will be taking place on Monday Night from 7:30 to 9 PM in the Learning Center. These are the dates of the dinners (subject to change): October 16th, November 20th, December 18th, January 22nd, February 5th, March 19th, April 16th, May 14th

Social Action

We will organize one volunteering sessions with our Heschel Society per month.
Here are our opportunities:

Thursday, October 26th: 6-8pm at Second Harvest
Monday, November 27th from 6pm-7:30pm at Feed My Starving Children
Sunday, December 10th from 1-3PM at Sholom Home


This year the Heschel Shabbaton is the weekend of February 23rd-25th