Walder Science

Jerusalem Science Contest

2019-20 Virtual Awards Ceremony and Presentations 



Visit www.walderlab.org/contest to sign up or learn about the 2020-21 contest for Astronomy! 

On May 18, 2020, we were thrilled to virtually celebrate the winners of the 2019-2020 Jerusalem Science Contest who shared their keynote science presentations around this year’s theme of neuroscience. While the awards presentation is typically an in-person event in Chicago, this year it was moved online because of COVID-19. The response was tremendous; we thank the over 100 participants who joined us in the awards ceremony.

Emceed by Walder Science Director Rabbi Heschel Weiner, the evening featured remarks from Walder Science Co-Founder Mrs. Elizabeth Walder, along with remarks from Professor Chaim Sukenik, President of the Lev Academic Center, and reflections from Jerusalem Science Contest alumni.

The winners and keynote presentations included:

Alcohol and Marijuana: Hippocampal Atrophy and Cognitive Impairment
Sonia Weiner, 11th Grade Teaneck, NJ
Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls

Effects of Ketones on the Brain
Rena Max, 11th Grade Plainview, NY
HANC - Hebrew Academy of Nassau County

Memory Suppression
Rachel Vidomlanski, 11th Grade New Rochelle, NY
SAR High School

Sleep Deprivation
Noah Hill, 11th Grade Denver, CO
George Washington High School

Neurological Basis for Morality
Rivka Shapiro, 12th Grade Hillside, NJ
Bruriah High School for Girls

Depression and Suicide
Atara Weil, 12th Grade Teaneck, NJ
Ma’ayanot Yeshiva High School for Girls


Click the links below to see the 2020 Jerusalem Science Awards Program and hear reflections from past alumni.

JSC 2020 Virtual Program

Past Alumni Reflections

Each year the Jerusalem Science Contest invites high school upper classmen to master a scientific topic and its related Jewish sources. Reserve your place for and learn about the 2020-2021 Jerusalem Science Contest on Astronomy at www.walderlab.org/contest .

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