LIVINGSTON, NJ - On Friday night, Temple Emanu-El held its graduation service and dinner for the 12th grade graduating Class of 5774/2014. Graduates included: Ethan Sternstein, Tate Hollander, Alexa Altchek, Jack Winograd, Alex Ehrlich, Jake Kurland, Ben Wasserman and Austin Fleischer.
In addition, Ehrlich was awarded the Marvin Mesnick College Scholarship at Temple Emanu-el for 5774. The Mesnick Scholarship, a college tuition award, is given to a graduating high school senior who demonstrates a commitment to Temple Emanu-El, to the senior youth group TEMTY, to Reform Judaism, and to acts of tikkun olam (repairing the world). This is the twenty-fifth year that the scholarship has been awarded.
According to a temple official, “Marvin Mesnick was a special man who cherished these values and a profound commitment to youth.”
Alex began his Jewish education at Temple Emanu-El in first grade, and has continued through his senior year of high school. He has completed his bar mitzvah, confirmation, and graduation. Throughout his four years in high school, Alex has been an active member of TEMTY serving on the Executive Board as Ritual and Cultural VP in his junior year and Publicity VP in his senior year. He was also a student representative during his sophomore year. In addition, he has worked at the Temple as a teacher’s aide in the Kindergarten class on Sundays since he was in the eighth grade.
Outside of the Temple, Alex has been very involved with the Livingston High School television program and its daily morning live news production, AM Wired. He has also worked on sound and lighting for approximately 20 shows since Middle School. Most recently, he was the Lighting Designer for the high school’s musical Grease and Battle of the Bands.
Alex also was on the Varsity Fencing Team. He was part of the Healthy Community Healthy Youth (HCHY) board and received a citation from the Township Of Livingston for his interest, enthusiasm and participation displayed serving as the Student Liaison to the Livingston Skate Park and Vision 20/20 committees. He also received a Township of Livingston Division of Police Certificate of Appreciation in acknowledgement of his support for Livingston’s Fifth National Night Out.
Alex will continue his education this fall at Quinnipiac University in Hamden, CT. There he plans to pursue a Bachelor of Arts in the School of Communications as a Film, Video and Interactive Media major.