Ann Arbor 11th-Grader Wins Bronfman Fellowship

Ellie Makar-Limanov of Ann Arbor, a Huron High School student, is one of 26 students nationwide to be chosen for a Bronfman Fellowship. The group of 11th-graders will participate in a transformative five-week program of study and travel in Israel, followed by a rigorous year of programming centered around pluralism, social responsibility and Jewish texts.



Ellie loves traveling and learning about different cultures. At school, she is involved in Quiz Bowl, Art Club and Ethics Bowl. For two years in a row, she’s won the Grand Prize of Michigan’s Ethics Case Writing Competition. She has also volunteered as a tutor with Avalon Center and has worked as a camp counselor in Germany over the summer. Ellie loves art, and her work has been featured in several local art shows. She has also provided 30 illustrations for a poetry collection that is currently in the process of being published. Last summer, Ellie was chosen to attend the Great Jewish Books Program at the Yiddish Book Center, which she enjoyed immensely.

Ellie speaks Russian, Hebrew and German (and hopes to learn Yiddish next). She comes from a secular Jewish family and is very eager to explore Judaism both culturally and philosophically. She said she’s absolutely thrilled to be a Bronfman Fellow and can hardly wait for the summer program.

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