Mazel tov to the Model UN Team
Mazel tov to our Model UN team on being named the 1st Runner-up for Best Delegation Award in the 2016 Yeshiva University National Model United Nations conference in Stamford, Connecticut. Berman defeated 43 other day school from across the country and only placed behind SAR Academy in Riverdale, NY.
The following Berman students received Honorable Mentions for their excellent performance on their respective committees:
- Asher Fink '16- Counter-Terrorism
- Leor Fishman '16-COPUOS
- Shayna Shor '16-High Commission on Refugees
- Shira Siegel '18- World Health Organization
- Yakira Zimand ’16 - CEDAW
These students were cited as Best Delegate on each of their committees:
- Natan Kelsey '16- UN Relief Agency
- Yakira Zimand '16-CEDAW
- Ariel Troy '17 MidEast Summit
- Ezra Einhorn '18- International Maritime Organization
After capturing the coveted Best Delegation Award in 2011, this marks the 5th consecutive year that Berman has been among the top 4 delegations out of the 45 schools from North America as well as South Africa and Brazil who participate in the conference. It is also first time that Berman has surpassed the 3rd best position since 2011. Team co-captains are seniors Reena Wasserstein and Shayna Shor. The team is coached by Rabbi Jeffrey Francés (who also teaches the popular "Club Model UN" in Berman's Middle School). Rabbi Francés was one of 3 "veteran" YUNMUN advisors who participated in a “Tricks of the Trade” panel discussion on Monday with the newer/less experienced advisors along with Dr. Paul Soifer from YULA and Mrs. Kathy Sklar, Asst Principal from Akiva Hebrew Day School in Southfield Michigan. Approximately 30 people attended and the it generated a lot of discussion as to what makes this activity so popular, what differentiates it from "mainstream Model UN" and how other schools choose teams and prepare.
Berman's Model UN team is sponsored by the Berman Vaad Horim/PTO.