Merrill Pollinger Scholarship Awarded to 2 Outstanding Students at Beth Am Shalom

Left to right –Merrill’s daughter Wendy Fishler, Lois Pollinger, Lois’s granddaughter, Meryl, and Kenneth Pollinger, Merrill’s son

A scholarship for excellence was created in 1994 by Lois Pollinger in memory of her husband, Merrill Pollinger who passed away in 1992, Merrill was a manufacturer’s rep, selling books to school libraries; college book stores and public libraries. He was a member of Beth Am for about 30 years. He had been Financial Secretary, Religious School Chair, Social Action Chair, and  a member of the Board.

Each student received a $500 scholarship from donations to the Scholarship Fund.

One of the recipients, Ilana Lavene, attends Marine Academy of Technology & Environmental Science of Ocean Co.  She participates in many activities in the New Egypt High School. She also fund-raises for the Ocean County Oceanaires.  She is a great role model to BAS students, as well as her younger sibling. She is very knowledgeable in Hebrew language, prayers & Bible stories. Ilana assists in leading BAS children’s choir at every practice and at services.

The other recipient Sarah Eisenstein is an 8th grader at Lake Riviera Middle School. She has been on High Honor Roll for 12 consecutive marking periods. She is a member of the National Jr. Honor Society.  Sarah is an outstanding student in academics and extremely committed to helping her class at all times, She reads Hebrew well and is an integral part of our BAS Youth Group.