The college captains at Mount Scopus Memorial College say they will take the sense of identity and community they found at the school with them when they leave.
Gabe Lewin and Elise Nathan, who were captains for 5783 (2022/23), are looking forward to new opportunities next year, but will always remember the strong sense of Jewishness they found at Mount Scopus.
Lewin said, “I think the bond that we share across the student body and next year’s level and in our year as well, I’ve made so many friends for life and feel so connected to, not just the Scopus community, but the wider community. And that’s something I really cherish.”
Nathan said she is enthusiastic about the way Mount Scopus helped everyone participate in Jewish holidays and festivals.
“But we also get to go on these camps that show us how we can be Jewish outside of Scopus and how we can participate in Jewish activities and festivals with [our] families and different outside-of-school programs,” she said.
As for the future, Lewin said he was planning on going on an Israel gap year program to explore his love for and connection to Israel.
“I’m really looking forward to exploring that further and seeing where that takes me. And creating an even stronger connection to the homeland,” he said.
He’s not sure about further study or a profession yet, saying he might do a law and arts degree.
Nathan is more definite, saying she’s going straight to university to do a sports and exercise degree, but she’s also going to a Jewish summer camp next year.
Lewin says the bond the students share is something they will always value.
Nathan said she thinks the non-academic side of school life has been particularly valuable.
“They really want students to get involved in areas other than just the academics and that’s been shown in the big involvement in performing arts with the musical every year and lots of students get involved and love doing that,” she said.