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CBS Young Mensch Award

A Great Opportunity for College Students Congregation Beth Shalom’s Young Mensch Award

The Congregation Beth Shalom Young Mensch Scholarship Fund was established by an anonymous member of CBS in hopes of acknowledging the good work of our teens and young adults in the Napa Jewish community.

To qualify for the award a candidate must be a current or prior member of Congregation Beth Shalom, who will be enrolled, either full-time or part-time, at an accredited college or university during the 2023-2024 academic year.

Applicants will be evaluated on their commitment and contributions to CBS or to the greater Napa Jewish Community, and, if they have completed at least one year of college, their involvement in Jewish life at their school.

Applications open March 6th. All applications must be submitted online by potential candidates by April 6, 2023 and the Award(s) will be announced in the May 10th Newsletter and then awards will be presented at the May 26th Graduation Shabbat.

It is the anonymous donor’s wish that other members of our community also donate to this fund. If you would like to make a contribution to our Youth & Scholarship Fund, please click here, or contact the CBS office.

If you have any questions about this award, please contact Rabbi Goldstein at 707-253-7305 x 3 or .


Application Requirements

  • Complete and submit the form below.
  • In two 250 word, double spaced essays, answer the following questions. Upload your a PDF files below to complete the application.
    • Describe how you have contributed to the welfare of the CBS community, and the Napa Jewish community.
    • What does being a mensch mean to you? In what ways are you a mensch?
  • Letters from two references who can speak to your contributions to the CBS community and the Napa Jewish community.
    • Letters should not be more than one page double spaced.
    • References may not be from family members, or the Rabbi, Synagogue Director, Education Director, President, or Immediate Past President.
    • References must be submitted online with completed application.
Confirmation of your submission will be sent to this email.

Name of school currently attending

Please provide proof of GPA by uploading current transcript below.

Please list two references: include their contact information and relationship to you.

Upload two 250 word, double spaced essays as PDF files, and answer the following questions:
  • Essay Question #1 - Describe how you have contributed to the welfare of the CBS community, the Napa Jewish community, and/or your university Jewish community (if applicable).
  • Essay Question #2 - What does being a mensch mean to you? In what ways are you a mensch?
You can upload a maximum of 5 files.


Sat, June 15 2024 9 Sivan 5784