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Alumni Spotlight: Eliza Lampert '20
At Bernard Zell, we believe in empowering our students with curiosity, compassion and courage shaped by Jewish values. Our students talk about about courage—the courage to take a risk, to see another’s point of view, to speak up for yourself—and for others. Alumna Eliza Lampert ’20 continues to exemplify all of the above and beyond with her budding career as a journalist at The Latin School of Chicago.
Entering her junior year this fall as Editor-in-Chief for the school newspaper, Eliza writes about topics ranging from the impact of COVID restrictions, gender-neutral rights and spaces, the Israeli-Palestinian conflict, credit inequality between artists and athletes, Roe v. Wade and everything in between. She has won 4 Best of SNO awards, an Honorable Mention in live News Writing at the Journalism Education Association and National Student Press Association and 2 Latin Forum Prizes for Best News Commentary and Best News or Feature Story focused on Latin School.
Kol ha’kavod, Eliza—we can't wait to read what's next! Click here to read Eliza's latest articles for The Forum.
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Alumni Spotlight: Sydney Gilbert '20 & Noah Tennenbaum '21
Mazel tov to alumni Sydney Gilbert ’20 and Noah Tennenbaum ’21 on their recent achievements in varsity softball and water polo for Whitney Young.
Alumna Sydney Gilbert led her teammates to victory with a crucial RBI and 2 run score to win the IHSA 4A Softball Sectional 4-3 against Lane Tech.
Alumni Noah Tennenbaum made history by winning IHSA Water Polo Sectionals and being apart of the first CPS boys water polo team to advance to the state tournament, where they placed second. Congrats Noah and Sydney, we love watching you soar! 
Calling all Bernard Zell alumni! Have you recently graduated college, achieved a career goal, given back to your community or had an unforgettable experience? If so, we want to know! Click this link to update your alumni profiles and share your stories.
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Class of 2018 College Acceptances: Mazel Tov, Seniors!
Last week, the Bernard Zell Class of 2018 returned to campus for a very special senior send-off. Along with their family and former BZ teachers, these college-bound alumni got a chance to catch up and reconnect on a beautiful evening on the Field of Dreams. Congratulations, seniors!

This incredible group of students look forward to this fall as they head off to some of the following colleges and universities:
Boston University 
Cornell University
Emory University
Indiana University 
Michigan State
North Park University
Northwestern University
Northeastern University
Princeton University
Skidmore College
Tufts University
University of Central Florida
University of Colorado Boulder
University of Denver
University of Illinois
University of Maryland
University of Miami
University of Michigan
University of Pennsylvania
University of Pittsburgh
University of South Florida
University of Southern California - Performing Arts
University of Texas at Austin
University of Wisconsin-Madison
University of Virginia
Tufts University
University of Wisconsin-Madison
Vanderbilt University
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Framing Our Future Alumni Spotlight: Mitch Daar '99

Mitch Daar, Class of 1999

How Bernard Zell Framed His Future:
My most formative years, as a child and as an adult, were spent at Bernard Zell. Bernard Zell shaped who I am as a person, as a professional, and as a Jewish leader.
What He's Doing Now:
I am currently in New York City, working as the Director of Enrollment and Strategy at Rodeph Sholom School, and this summer I am moving to Philadelphia to become the Head of School at Perelman Jewish Day School. I am forever grateful for all that Bernard Zell has offered me.
We love hearing and sharing updates on how our alumni are framing their future. Do you have a recent accomplishment or milestone you'd like to share with us? Email us at—we'll be sharing our Alumni Spotlights via social media and at throughout the summer to continue celebrating 75 outstanding years of Bernard Zell!
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