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Dan Aronovic - Monday, September 07, 2020



It's been a crazy year for everybody!  We hope you are persevering and staying healthy. Even with a lack of clarity on what will go on in the coming months, we were able to get a few athletes into schools for September 2020.

Working with athletes on their scholarship process has been a challenge as many coaches did not know if their teams would be able to compete this coming year.  As of this writing, most of the major conferences have shut down their Fall sports schedules and the possibility of having Winter and Spring sports is up in the air. Some of the athletes we are helping have decided to start school in January 2021 or next Fall.  Here are some of the issues that we have been dealing with over the past few months:

  • We have an athlete that made it into Harvard (our first) who decided to defer her start until September 2021.  The coach actually suggested that she defer her freshman year.  
  • There are coaches that don't know if their athletes are coming back or how many scholarships they have available for the coming year.  Athletes that weren't able to compete in the Spring of 2020 have been given an extra year of eligibility.
  • The VISA section at the US Embassy in Israel did not issue Student VISAs for many months and there is a backlog.
  • The SAT test was cancelled in March, May and June. (August?)  This means that schools and NCAA have had to accept students without standardized test scores this year.
  • To top it off, athletes are understandably afraid to travel to the US because of the health issues.

Through all of this, we continue to work with Israeli athletes that want us to help them make their dreams come true and get to a top US college.  Here we highlight 4 athletes that have just started school in the past couple of weeks - welcome Freshmen!


  Nimrod Altit, Southeastern Oklahoma State

Nimrod, a 6'8" guard/forward, has started school at Southeastern Oklahoma State in Durant, Oklahoma.  After playing his senior year in high school at Valley Torah High School in Los Angeles, Nimrod came back to Israel to serve in the Israeli Army.  He comes from a basketball family, with an 
older brother Ben who played at Bryant University and twin brother Nadav who plays in the Israeli leagues.



Who We Are:

Ross Greenstein, former Scholarship for Athletes President and Founder of The Israel Bridge

Dan Aronovic, Head of Operations, The Israel Bridge

Our Vision:
The Israel Bridge will work to be the largest resource for connecting and developing relationships between Israelis and Americans.

Current activities:
Finding athletic scholarships for deserving Israeli athletes in the US. We have helped over 170 athletes attending schools like Harvard, Princeton, Northwestern, Ohio State, University of Washington, Cal-Berkeley, USC, UCLA, Maryland, UNLV, Rutgers, Arizona, Arizona State, Georgia Tech, University of San Francisco and many others.

Visit our website for more info:






          Map of Israeli Students in the US



     Welcome to the Class of 2024!


                 Lior Garzon (#12), Villanova

Lior Garzon, one of the top players on the Israeli Women's National Basketball team, has started her college career at Villanova University in the Philadelphia, PA area.  Lior, a 6'1" Forward from Ra'anana, becomes the first Israeli woman recruited at basketball powerhouse Villanova since Liad Suez-Karni finished her standout career there in 2006.

                     Ron Israel, Cal Berkeley

Ron Israel has started school this month at Cal Berkeley, competing for a spot on the men's gymnastic team.  The first semester in all California state schools has been limited to on-line education and the school gym is officially closed.  Ron is living on campus with three of his teammates and working out with them in a local gym in order to stay in shape.

              Vered Bert, Eastern Michigan

Eastern Michigan University Head Tennis Coach Jayson Wiseman announced the signing of Vered Bert (Ra'anana, Israel-Aviv High School) to the EMU tennis team in June.

A true freshman, Bert has playing experience in high-level International Tennis Federation (ITF) sanctioned events, earning 11 wins in those matches (according to the Women's Tennis Association – WTA).

"We are very pleased to add a player of Vered's caliber to our team," offered Wiseman. "She brings a wealth of international playing experience and incredible physical talent to our roster. She also brings an amazing work ethic and valuable maturity and life experience as a 20-year old freshman. At six-foot tall, her serve will be a tremendous weapon indoors, and her aggressive style of play will be a great fit for our program in both singles and doubles. We are very excited to have her joining our program and can't wait to have her on campus this fall."

Bert joins a group of Eagles that was in the midst of a fantastic regular season in the spring of 2020, before the season was cut short due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. Wiseman's group was off to a 10-7 start, and should be able to maintain that momentum heading into next season.


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