Two High School Graduates Receive Arnold Shapiro Community Service Award


BIDDEFORD, Maine — Two York County high school students recently received the Arnold Shapiro Community Service Award from Congregation Etz Chaim of Biddeford.

Biddeford High School graduate Josiah Aranovitch, son of Jennie Aranovitch of Biddeford and David Versel of Alpharetta, Georgia, and Kennebunk High School graduate Elaina Hammond, daughter of Denise and Greg Hammond of Kennebunk, each received an award from $500 to help cover the cost of their higher education.

Elaina Hammond

Aranovitch will attend Worcester Polytechnic Institute in Worcester, Massachusetts in the fall to pursue a combined BS/MS degree in Data Science, while Hammond will attend the Liverpool Institute for Performing Arts in Liverpool, England, to pursue a BA in Performance .

The scholarship, which supports post-secondary education at a college, vocational school, or other post-secondary education, is offered annually to members of Congregation Etz Chaim who graduate from high school and who have been selected by the Service Award Committee. the synagogue.

The Arnold Shapiro Community Service Award was established to honor longtime Biddeford resident and former congregational present Etz Chaim Arnold Shapiro, who selflessly devoted himself to the congregation for over 30 years.

Congregation Etz Chaim, founded in 1906, is a full-service synagogue located in Biddeford that serves the York County community. A non-denominational congregation, it promotes Jewish cultural, social, educational and religious activities in an exceptionally welcoming and inclusive environment. For more information, visit


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