Meet The Fellows Monday!

Meet The Fellows Monday!

It’s #MeetTheFellowsMonday! Over the course of the year, the #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows will say hello and share a bit about themselves and the work they’re doing to help our community be a more connected and inclusive place for #JewishBostonTeens.

photoNovember 18, 2019: Meet Leah, a sophomore at Gann Academy. She is involved in the school’s literary magazine, newspaper, and more. She enjoys hiking, writing, reading, spending time with her friends, and playing on her school’s soccer and softball teams. Leah is a member of Temple Beth Shalom and loves participating in her temple’s youth group!

“I became a #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellow because I have always felt connected to and at home in my Jewish community, and I would love to help other #JewishBostonTeens feel the same way.” – Leah Koritz, Metrowest Cohort 3

photoNovember 11, 2019: It’s #MeetTheFellowsMonday after a very busy weekend for #JewishBostonTeens!

The #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows were all over the map with their BBYO & NFTY NE friends! Sounds like BBYO Fall Convention and URJ Youth Northeast Homecoming were awesome! Looking for more? Visit to see how you can get connected!

photoNovember 4, 2019: Meet Sam, a Junior at Wayland High School. He is involved in student government and loves to discuss and debate pressing political issues. In his free time, Sam enjoys hanging out with friends and helping with social action projects in his community. Sam is a member of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, and is excited to continue his work connecting #JewishBostonTeens for a second year with the #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows.

photoOctober 28, 2019: Meet Michaela, a senior at Franklin High School! She competes in winter and spring track and field, and enjoys playing baritone saxophone in her school’s pep band along with spending time with her friends. She is a member of the Temple Etz Chaim community, and spends her summers at Camp Pembroke. She also loves being part of NFTY NE | Northeast Region!

“My favorite aspect of being a JTI Peer Leadership Fellow is getting to connect teens with others through mutual interest.” – Michaela, Metrowest Cohort 3


JTI Hiring

JTI Hiring

APPLY TODAY + spread the word!

JTI Boston is looking for a Middle School Engagement Coordinator. This position is a full-time, year-round position that includes competitive salary, health insurance, paid vacation, sick time, professional development and mentoring/coaching. Our Middle School Engagement Coordinator will:

  • Build and strengthen relationships with pre-teens, teens, and partners throughout the community;
  • Have a passion for planning and coordination, service-learning and organizational relationship building;
  • Bring creativity and energy to marketing, recruitment and outreach efforts and strategies;
  • Develop a menu of opportunities for pre-teens in the Metrowest and North Shore suburbs of Greater Boston;
  • Embrace your love for Jewish Camp! This position has the potential to spend summers as a member of the
    leadership team at Camp Tel Noar, a Cohen Camp located in Hampstead, NH. The successful candidate for
    the position will be interviewed by Camp Tel Noar in a separate process.

#YouthEngagement #JTIBoston #JewishCamp

Article Repost

Article Repost


Service Day a Huge Success

By Jewish Family Service of Metrowest

FRAMINGHAM – On Sunday, Jewish Teen Initiative hosted the second annual #LoveOurNeighbors Metrowest Community Service Day at Temple Beth Am in Framingham. In partnership with JFS of MetrowestThe Shapiro Foundation, area synagogues and teen organizations, over 100 teen and adult volunteers came together for a morning full of building, sorting, painting, assembling and decorating. Each project will go on to directly support JFS programs, children and families in need in our Metrowest community.

On behalf of the clients we serve, JFS sends so much gratitude to our partners at JTI and the Shapiro Foundation for making the event possible!

The Buddy Benches that were constructed will provide a comfortable space for the Woodrow Wilson School students to sit with friends and know they are a part of welcoming and a caring community.

The donation collection bins will allow for generous members of the community to easily contribute items to the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet.

The boxes of brand-new clothing that were prepared for distribution and the clothing bags that were decorated will help JFS bring comfort and confidence to more kids.

The beautiful murals painted and the clothing bins decorated will make the JFS Children’s Clothing Closet a lively and vibrant space to volunteer and build community.

Thank you again for this amazing contribution and partnership!

Reposted from – October 29, 2019

Adam’s Farewell Brunch

Adam’s Farewell Brunch

We cordially invite you to join the Jewish Teen Initiative of Greater Boston as we

Celebrate Adam Smith

Gather with us on Sunday, November 3, 12 noon, for brunch at Temple Emanu-El located at 393 Atlantic Avenue, Marblehead.

Celebrate the impact Adam has had on our teens and communities during the last ten years. 

Congratulate Adam as he begins a new chapter with Combined Jewish Philanthropies (CJP) to continue his work of relational engagement.

Please make this day special for Adam with your attendance and personal tribute.

All electronic tribute ad files should be emailed to Michele Cohen at 

Let’s Recognize the Impact He’s Made!


2nd Annual Peer Leadership National Training Seminar

2nd Annual Peer Leadership National Training Seminar

Kicking off the new year, #PeerLeadershipFellows from Boston and throughout the country gathered in Baltimore last weekend at the 2nd Annual Peer Leadership Fellows National Training Seminar. More than 70 Fellows and staff from five cities spent the weekend learning about the art of relational engagement, peer-to-peer connection, and design thinking. Thank you to our friends @4frontbaltimore for hosting us and to our partners @cjpboston, @teenfundercollaborative and @jimjosephfoundation for their ongoing support as we begin the fourth year of the program (more photos on our Facebook page). Learn more about how Fellows will be helping to make our community more connected and inclusive for #JewishBostonTeens in the coming year.

photo Sunday, September 15, 2019
Day 3:  What an amazing weekend engaging IRL!

The #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows just returned from kicking-off our year with other Fellows from around the country and are excited to connect with more #JewishBostonTeens! Thanks to everyone for making it a huge success. Brb…sorting through 1200+ photos 😂 More coming later this week!

photoFriday, September 13, 2019
Day 1: #ShabbatShalom from Baltimore

This weekend, #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows are joining other fellows from @4frontbaltimore, @cincyjewishteens, @thesecondfloorpgh & @jfedroc for the 2nd Annual Peer Leadership National Training Seminar! We’re excited to be connecting with other Fellows from across the country, celebrating #Shabbat as a community and diving into the art of peer-to-peer #relationalengagement #engageIRL #jewishbostonteens

Jewish Boston Teens

Jewish Boston Teens

Connecting Our Community is officially here! Have you seen it? Have you used it? Are you excited about all the things you can now find, see, do, learn? helps connect our community to the vast menu of opportunities available in Boston and beyond by acting as:

  • A central online connector for Jewish teens, parents, and professionals.
  • A living calendar of events and experiences.
  • A directory of programs, communities, and organizations. is also a critical resource for the JTI Peer Leadership Fellows who serve as catalysts for enhanced teen connection to Jewish life. The foundation of the Fellows’ relational work is to help foster deeper connections in our community, as well as to raise their peers’ awareness of the menu of opportunities that exist.

Teens from across Greater Boston, including many of the JTI Peer Leadership Fellows, were an important part of the development and implementation of

At the core of are relationships. JTI Boston remains committed to strengthening and supporting partner relationships in the Jewish Boston community to ensure this resource stays up to date, accurate and useful to those it serves.

Partner Resource Kit >>
Submit an Event >>

#JewishBostonTeens #CJPBoston #JTIBoston  #JewishBoston

Summer Blog Series: Habitat

Summer Blog Series: Habitat

We finish our summer blog series with a reflection from Sophie Cohen on her time in New Orleans with our Habitat for Humanity trip this past February. Sophie is a rising senior at Masconomet High School, a counselor at Camp Pembroke, and is going to be in her second year as a Peer Leadership Fellow.

Ever since I heard about the Habitat for Humanity trip, I have always wanted to go and experience what it’s like to build a house from the start. I have an older sister who went on this trip a year before me, and I loved seeing pictures of her with her new friends at a newly built home. Everything about this trip was so appealing to me: constructing a house, meeting Jewish teens, activities outside of the construction aspect. When the trip switched locations from North Carolina (where my sister did this trip) to New Orleans, I was even more excited. I couldn’t stop thinking about everything I could do there, from seeing beautiful places to trying new foods, and of course, building a house for a deserving family.

Habitat for Humanity was an indescribable experience for me. I had an amazing time making new friends and doing everything on the itinerary. My favorite part of the whole trip was, without a doubt, helping finish the house. I tried so many new things that I never even thought had to go into the construction process. Every room, measurement, and placement had to be perfect. No matter how long a certain project in the house took, it was so much fun. Some of the many projects I did during our time working in that house include painting doors and trims, caulking trims, filling in holes in walls or doors, and measuring windows and the accompanying sills that would go with them. Never before had I really understood all the work that goes into finishing a house, as crazy as that seems. Yet, despite all the hard work we put into this house, every moment of it was fun, interactive, and a great way to talk to new people.

Outside of the construction part of this trip, touring New Orleans was amazing. If you’ve never tried a beignet, I highly recommend them. The food was delicious, the streets of New Orleans were fun to walk around and buy souvenirs at, and I made friends with teens I would never have expected to be close with, but they’re people I still talk to today. The nights in our hotel were filled with fun card games, snacks, and many interesting adventures that made all of us laugh. Even outside of our hotel, we had an awesome time bowling, attending a Family Gras festival, and I even got the chance to catch up with a camp friend of mine who lives in New Orleans. My entire week on this trip was amazing. I love everything about what the trip had to offer me because I learned something every day, whether it was at the construction site, walking in the streets, or touring Tulane to see if I was interested in applying there. Not only was I experiencing something new every day, but I connected more with my Jewish identity, either by just being with other Jewish teens or by going to Shabbat services and dinners at Tulane’s Hillel. I recommend this trip to anyone out there who wants to do something great for a community, and “repair the world” one house at a time. Both building the house and not, it is a great way to build relationships while also knowing that you are a part of something that changes someone’s life, and that is the kind of feeling I walked away with after this trip.

Learn more about our Habitat for Humanity Trip >>

Dana Roth, Senior Program Director

Dana Roth, Senior Program Director

Meet Dana!

Dana Roth is the newest JTI teammate, stepping into the exciting role of Senior Program Director. Dana’s job (well, part of her job) will be to organize and plan JTI events throughout the year as well as spend time with our community partners and teens to make sure we’re meeting the needs of the people and organizations we serve!

Dana brings a background in higher education, an impressive ability to organize and a fun, bright personality to the table and we couldn’t be happier to have her aboard. Read more about her family, her background and her goals here.

#JTIBoston #JewishBostonTeens

Summer Blog Series: MLK Jr. Service Day

Summer Blog Series: MLK Jr. Service Day

Our summer blog series continues with a look back at our inaugural MLK Jr. Service Day, in partnership with TELEM. Rachel Wolf-Wagner, of Temple Beth Am Framingham, came to Soup-er Sunday in November and then was one of our amazing teen leaders for MLK Jr. Service Day in January. Rachel was a JTI Ruderman Inclusion Fellow and joined JTI in DC for L’Taken this year. In the fall, Rachel is starting Boston University.

The MLK Day of Service was a unique experience for me. I had attended the Soup-er Sunday event in Marblehead in the fall, but doing a service project like that at my synagogue was completely new and very special. Just like in the fall, I helped prepare lasagna, soup, and this time, banana bread for local shelters and charities. What was different about MLK Jr. Service Day for me was that I got to lead a group, my whole family was there helping out, and the donations were aimed at the Metrowest community I am a part of, and all of those things made the day not only fun but meaningful to me.

I’ve always been involved in community service, but recently, I’ve gotten more involved in service with my Jewish community as a peer leader. By attending and leading events like MLK Jr. Service Day, I’ve had the opportunity to connect with people in my community who I might not have otherwise met, and it offers a common interest and desire to give back to the larger local community. Although I’m going off to college in the fall and won’t be able to attend as many events like this at home, I hope to continue down the path of service that I’ve discovered in high school in the Jewish community, and I always want to be able to help those in need.

Learn more about our MLK Jr. Service Day >>