Hannah Senesh graduates are a varied group, and over the years they have brought their passions and sensibilities to many excellent high schools, colleges, and universities across the United States. Hannah Senesh graduates meet the world with a sense of purpose; nurtured by our intimate, supportive environment and bolstered by the inspiring story of our namesake, they are prepared to meet any challenge. Hannah Senesh graduates leave our school knowing they will always be a part of the community, and many of them keep in close touch with former classmates and teachers, coming back to school for visits and special events. At Hannah Senesh we are a large extended family, and our graduates hold that fact dear, even years after graduation.
Hannah Senesh graduates have strong Jewish and American identities, developed over the years through study, experience, and introspection. Our graduates are independent thinkers and involved learners, eager to “be the change” they wish to see in the world. We are proud of our graduates and all they are accomplishing, and on the facing page we list the high schools, colleges, and universities to which they have been accepted. But this is merely a list; it doesn’t show the years of hard work our students put in to earn acceptances to these schools, and it doesn’t show the tremendous support students show each other as they navigate the high school application process. Yes, we are proud of our graduates for their academic achievements, but we are even prouder to see the remarkable, compassionate, and committed young adults they have become, interested contributors to the world around them. Keep your eyes and ears opened… you can expect to see and hear great things from Hannah Senesh graduates!
Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen (Class of 2007)
With no end in sight, it’s clear that Aryeh Nussbaum Cohen has had one very busy—and one very successful—year! A 23-year-old who first discovered his love of opera as an undergraduate at Princeton University, Aryeh is making a name for himself as a professional countertenor. He’s won a slew of awards and recognitions for his craft. To reference but a few, Aryeh received first prize in the Houston Grand Opera Competition, was named a winner of the Metropolitan Opera National Council Auditions, and was awarded a grant from the Richard Tucker Music Foundation. This summer, he joined a summer residency program at Wolf Trap Opera. In the fall, he’ll join the Houston Grand Opera Studio as the first countertenor in the renowned program’s history.
While Aryeh has a variety of other projects lined up, he can only speak publicly about next season’s endeavors— as is custom in the world of professional opera. Stay tuned.
Aryeh believes that Hannah Senesh prepared him well for his career. He relays that the dual curriculum taught him how to juggle: how to juggle languages, assignments, schedules, and more. And to Aryeh, juggling is an essential aspect of operatic singing. He notes that a strong performer must be able to balance the inherent complexities of music, movement, theater, and language. Finding the mental focus needed to flourish in all of these art forms simultaneously is key.
Aryeh looks back at his time at Hannah Senesh fondly. He remembers the environment as both supportive and familial. He notes Senesh’s communal atmosphere as being “fostered by outstanding teachers like Hope Levav,” and speaks affectionately about the connections he’s maintained with teachers and peers alike.
Aryeh’s first star turn on stage was playing Captain Hook in Hannah Senesh’s 2007 production of Peter Pan. It seems that role only quenched his thirst for drama. Best to get tickets to Aryeh’s performances now! To learn more, visit Aryeh’s website at www.aryehnussbaumcohen.com.
Leah Robinson (Class of 2008)
After completing her undergraduate years at Colgate University, Leah Robinson went on a trip with JDC (American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee) to Russia for a community service and research project— an experience that furthered her interest in Jewish culture and identity-formation. Following this experience, Leah started working in Planned Giving, a niche field of Development, at UJA-Federation of New York. Now, she serves as a development associate at Congregation Rodelph Shalom on the Upper West Side of Manhattan. On weekends, Leah is involved in various giving circles, intergroup dialogue workshops and the Young Professional Committee at one of her favorite charities. Leah’s passion for philanthropy has a Jewish foundation
Leah’s growth within a spectrum of religious and Brooklyn-based communities has proven to her how fundamental the work of community building is. After she left college and started exploring new parts of the world, she found she sought answers to the question, what foundational communal and individual experiences form a person’s set of values and beliefs? In her job at Congregation Rodelph Shalom, Leah spends a lot of time thinking about the ways that people bind together to create meaning in their lives. She considers how to effectively galvanize people and show them what they have to gain from supporting causes. She reflects, “It is fascinating that most people see the act of giving away time and money as helping another, when this experience actually improves the emotional and physical well-being of the donor as well.” She attributes the genesis of her thoughtfulness about community to her time at Hannah Senesh.
Leah considers Senesh to be a remarkable Jewish home and an essential part of her development. She sees the school as having promoted free thought, openness, and inquisitiveness, and believes these ideas and characteristics to be integral to Judaism.
She relishes memories of Hannah Senesh. It’s not uncommon for Leah and her friends to joke about the musicals they performed in during their middle school years. Indeed, she counts these creative experiences as among some of her happiest childhood memories.
Leah believes the Hannah Senesh philosophy and faculty helped make her middle school experience as fantastic as it was. She relays, “I don’t think Middle School is a favorite time in life for a lot of people, but this school was a really happy place for me.” And to her, that’s a picture of success.
Alexander Amir (Class of 2012)
Alexander Amir is one busy guy! He’s a Pre-Law student at Macaulay Honors College at Hunter studying Economics, Public Policy, and Music. On top of that, he volunteers as a Macaulay Student Ambassador—helping to recruit high school students and working open house events—and as a peer mentor. Over the summer, Alexander will intern in the criminal justice division of the New York County Supreme Court and begin pursuing his teaching certification for violin. Ultimately, he hopes to find a career in sports management.
Upon entering high school, Alexander felt further ahead academically than many of his peers. He believes that his time at Hannah Senesh helped set him up for success. He relays, “Senesh provided me with a very individualized approach which influenced my overall passion for learning” and adds that, had he been in a bigger atmosphere, he may not have developed the same appreciation for knowledge.
Alexander, keep us posted! We’re excited to see what you do next!
Abraham Joshua Heschel High School
Avenues: The World School
Bard High School Early College
BASIS Independent Brooklyn
Bay Ridge Preparatory School
The Beacon School
The Berkeley Carroll School
The Brearley School
Bronx High School of Science
Brooklyn Friends School
Brooklyn Latin School
Brooklyn Technical High School
The Calhoun School
Choate Rosemary Hall
The Churchill School and Center
Cresskill High School
The Dalton School
Edward R. Murrow High School
· Communication Arts
· Fine and Visual Arts
· Instrumental Music
· Vocal Music
Elisabeth Irwin High School (LREI)
Fiorello H. LaGuardia High School of Music & Art and Performing Arts
· Instrumental Music
· Visual Arts
· Vocal Music
Harvest Collegiate High School
The Harley School
High School of American Studies at Lehman College
High School of Telecommunication Arts and Technology
High School for Fashion Industries
Horace Mann High School
Hunter College High School
James Madison High School
Landmark High School
The Lawrenceville School
Léman Manhattan Preparatory School
Leon M. Goldstein High School for the Sciences
Magen David Yeshivah
Manhattan/Hunter Science High School
Midwood High School
· Humanities Program
· Medical Science Institute
Millennium Brooklyn High School
Millennium High School
NYC Lab High School for Collaborative Studies
NYC Museum School
Packer Collegiate Institute
Philips Exeter Academy
Poly Prep Country Day School
Ramaz High School
Saint Ann’s School
Special Music School
Stuyvesant High School
Townsend Harris High School
Yeshivah of Flatbush High School
Bryn Mawr College
Carnegie Mellon University
City College of New York
Delaware State University
Florida Gulf Coast University
George Washington University
Johnson and Wales University
Kingsborough Community College
Loyola University New Orleans
Macaulay Honors College at Hunter College
Midreshet Lindenbaum (Gap Year Program)
Mount Holyoke College
New York University
Tisch School of the Arts
Northwestern University Bienen School of Music
Sarah Lawrence College
Shalom Hartman Institute (Gap Year Program)
The Theatre School at DePaul University
University of Chicago
University of Hartford
University of Maryland
University of Michigan-Honors Program
University of Miami
University of Vermont
University of Western Ontario
Young Judaea (Gap Year Program)