Meet the 2018-19 Peer Leadership Fellows

Meet the 2018-19 Peer Leadership Fellows

Jewish Teen Initiative – Boston is excited to introduce you to the newly selected 2018-19 Peer Leadership Fellows who will be helping to connect our community in the coming year! JTI Peer Leadership Fellows represent 26 different schools and 13 synagogues throughout the Metrowest and North Shore communities of Greater Boston.


Jewish Teen Initiative’s signature Peer Leadership Fellows program trains and empowers teens to be communal connectors. Fellows reimagine how they can develop meaningful relationships with their peers, connecting those peers to the vast menu of opportunities available to Jewish teens in their community and beyond. Fellows meet monthly (in real life and virtually), building a team of leaders helping to strengthen their community and each other. Each Fellow serves as a resource for their peers, helping to connect those that are uninvolved or marginally engaged.

JTI Boston is proud to be working with Hillel International, the largest Jewish campus organization in the world, to adapt their engagement model for the teen community. Hillel has mobilized college peer interns to professionalize its outreach on campus, strengthen student connections and boost participation. JTI Peer Leadership Fellows receive training based on the Hillel model to practice within their own community.

Building upon the success of the past two years, JTI Boston is thrilled to be partnering with The Ruderman Family Foundation to pilot a Peer Inclusion Cohort this year. Peer Inclusion Fellows will help redefine what mainstream inclusion can be in the Jewish teen community, helping to connect with and support peers at local, regional and national events. Fellows will work to remove many of the stumbling blocks that prevent teens from feeling comfortable and connected at teen programming by acting as a buddy for their peers.

For additional information, contact Brett Lubarsky, Associate Director.