We are very excited to announce OCA’s participation in the Tikvah Fund’s new Truman Scholars Program for advanced Middle School students. This 18-month program is designed for outstanding seventh graders from select Orthodox Jewish schools across the country. Beginning February 2021, three of our OCA students will join peers from 20 schools across 10 states under the guidance of an incredible faculty, including:

  • Rabbi Dr. Meir Soloveichik, Director of the Zahava and Moshael Straus Center for Torah and Western Thought at Yeshiva University
  • Professor Ruth Wisse, who recently retired from her position as Martin Peretz Professor of Yiddish Literature and Professor of Comparative Literature at Harvard
  • Dr. Leon Kass, the Addie Clark Harding Professor Emeritus in the Committee on Social Thought and the College at the University of Chicago and the Madden-Jewett Scholar Emeritus at the American Enterprise Institute

From the colonial age to the American Founding, from the Civil War to the World Wars to the civil rights movement, Americans have looked to Tanach to help give voice to America’s loftiest aspirations, at home and abroad. In this innovative enrichment program, students will have the opportunity to discover the Jewish influence on the American Experiment and the founding of Modern Israel. They will explore and learn from religious, political, and intellectual leaders who transformed the Zionist longing—through strategy and struggle—into the re-born homeland of the Jewish people. 

Students will spend an hour each week studying biblical and rabbinic sources in addition to historic speeches, stories, and court decisions that have crafted two great nations. 

We are so proud of our OCA students for participating in this enriching learning experience! 

Yoni Bakaev – Meira Lopin – Alina Rosen