" I’ve learned so much about Judaism, and I’ve been able to experience so much."
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School MUN team earns 1st place overall and 1st place in research and preparation at the National High School Model UN Conference for the third consecutive year.
The Model United Nations team of Rochelle Zell Jewish High School participated in the international Model UN conference in New York City March 15-18. Schools from twenty-three different countries on six continents attended this highly competitive conference. The delegates numbered more than two thousand. Model UN simulates the operations of the United Nations with students debating and problem solving about the issues that arise in the several councils and committees of the UN. This year Rochelle Zell represented the Republic of Iran. In every venue that the RZJHS students participated, they had to address the issues from the perspective of the Republic of Iran.
On the second day of the conference, the students of Rochelle Zell met with diplomats from Iran at the Iranian Embassy. The diplomats presented a program on modern-day Iran and entertained questions.
For the third consecutive year Rochelle Zell received the top honor of Distinction Awarded to a school. Additionally six of the school’s participants won Awards of Distinction for their role on one of the councils and committees. Sixteen of the students were honored to speak at the closing session of the conference held at the United Nations, the largest number ever honored. The school also received the award for Outstanding Research and Preparation, the only school so honored.
Co-captain Zev Mishell said, “Of all my experiences at Rochelle Zell Jewish high school, Model UN has been the finest. The writing and speaking skills I have learned are ones that I will hold with me for a lifetime, and I am so incredibly proud of all the hard work the team put in this year.”
The following Rochelle Zell Jewish High School students took home first and second place awards for specialized committees:
International court of justice – Joseph Schrayer – 1st place
Historical security council – Zev Mishell and Jonah Karoll – 2nd place
The school’s mission is to create a culture of academic excellence that inspires our students to think critically and achieve their full potential, while preparing them to live Judaism as responsible and involved citizens in the modern world.
Rochelle Zell Jewish High School’s philosophy is to nurture the whole student — academically, spiritually, physically, and socially. A Conservative-affiliated Jewish high school, RZJHS is coeducational, egalitarian, diverse and committed to academic excellence, as well as personal growth. The school provides an open intellectual and religious environment in which questions, critical thinking, experiences, and relationships are nourished and fostered throughout Jewish and secular general studies. The fullness of Jewish life and learning are embraced, and Jews from across the denominational spectrum are welcomed