SSLI Simcha Celebrations

July 14, 2020
By SSLI Alumni Department

Jess Kantorowitz

April 15, 2019
By SSLI Alumni Department

SSLI Jessica Kantorowitz (class of 2016) is doing a concert at The Bitter End on May 13th 2019 from 6:30-8pm

Description: Hello! Its Jess! This summer I have been accepted into Theater Mitu's Southeast India Artist Intensive. It’s a program based in theater practices that seek to explore the individual’s personal mythology and systems of belief. 


However, as the world is expensive, so too is this program WHICH is why on MAY 13TH from 6:30PM to 8PM, I will be putting on a concert at THE BITTER END in order to ENSURE that I will be able to go to India to take part in this awesome artistic experience!  

The evening is called BYE (for now) and will feature me with a rockin’ band jamming out to some of my favorite songs (old and new), + lots and lots of stories!

I promise it will be an evening with a lot of laughs and what better way to start off the summer then a night with some great music and ME reminiscing about the good ole days…

SO bring all your friends and get your Tickets ASAP.  Click here


Posted in Class of 2016

Star Wars: Revenge Of The Sith Actress Natalie Portman Is A Harvard Graduate

August 18, 2016
By SSLI Alumni Department

As seen on the University Herald, August 11, 2016

Not a lot of people know that some celebrities hold a degree. They are often hidden from the fact that they excel in acting and Hollywood likes to push their movies and television shows towards audiences.

For an actress like Natalie Portman who starred in Star Wars: Revenge of the Sith (Episode III), Black Swan and Thor, it can't be hidden for too long. According to Sioux City Journal, Portman holds a degree in psychology from Harvard College.

Currently, she is not only an actress but a film producer and director too. Born in 1981, she was born in Jerusalem but then moved to the United States. While living in Washington, DC, Natalie Portman attended the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, Maryland. Later on, she also attended a Jewish Elementary school called the Solomon Schechter Day School of Nassau County in Jericho, New York.

At a young age, she studied dancing and acting in New York. She started acting at 1994 but her break out role was in Star Wars: Episode I - the Phantom Menace. She acted in this film while she was still in high school on Long Island. She was enrolled at Syosset High School. She also enrolled at the American Theater Dance Workshop and attended the Usdan Center for the Creative and Performing Arts. One thing to note, she did not attend the premiere episode of Star Wars: The Phantom Menace (Episode I) because she needed to study for her high school final exams.

Later on, she went to Harvard University to study psychology. They call it Artium Baccalaureus. She studied while she acted. She was able to complete her degree in 2003. During that same time, she also starred in a second Star Wars movie. Talk about a working student. "I don't care if college ruins my career," says Natalie Portman. She explained that she would rather be smart than a movie star.

Watch Natalie Portman's official Harvard commencement speech here.

Posted in Class of 1999


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