Meet The Fellows Monday!

Meet The Fellows Monday!

It’s #MeetTheFellowsMonday! Over the course of the 2019-20 program 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.

January 13, 2020: Meet Gavin, a junior at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. He enjoys playing on his school’s basketball team as well as being a member of many other clubs. Gavin loves to read books and be outside in nature. He is also an active participant in NFTY NE | Northeast Region. Gavin is extremely passionate about philosophy and political science and is always down to have an awesome conversation, no matter when or where!

“I joined the #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows because I believe in the importance of making connections with #JewishBostonTeens and asking them what they are interested in…and I wanted to be a part of that.” – Gavin Weinberg, Metrowest Cohort 3

January 6, 2020: #MeetTheFellowsMonday is back for 2020! Meet Rachel, a junior at Westborough High School. Rachel is involved in Best Buddies and Rangers for a Cure and enjoys playing field hockey for the school. They are a member of the Beth Tikvah, BBYO New England Region, and Official Camp Young Judaea communities.

“I choose to join the #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows because I wanted to connect my special ed expertise and experience to my Jewish identity. I am so excited to be a Peer Inclusion Fellow, as I have made new friends and gained new skills while helping the Jewish community. I was inspired to take on this role as I want all #JewishBostonTeens to be able to experience what I am privileged enough to experience, no matter their ability.” – Rachel Fredman, Peer Inclusion Cohort 2

December 30, 2019: It’s our last #MeetTheFellowsMonday of 2019! Meet Josh, a senior at Needham High School. He is involved in the DECA chapter at his school and loves to attend NFTY events. He studied abroad in Israel with URJ Heller High (Formerly NFTY-EIE), is a member of Temple Beth Elohim – Wellesley, MA and has been involved in the development of He is a proud alum of URJ Kutz Camp, loves to travel and is always on the go!

“I joined the #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows because I wanted to connect other #JewishBostonTeens to amazing experiences that have changed my life. My hope is that everyone finds the right experience for them and that it has a special impact on them as well.” – Josh May, Metrowest Cohort 3

December 16, 2019: Meet Amanda, a senior at Peabody Veterans Memorial High School. She has been dancing for 14 years, 5 of which she spent on a competition team. She has also been figure skating since the age of 3 and likes to draw. Amanda has spent the past ten summers at Camp Pembroke as a camper and now as a staff member. She also became a member of BBYO this past fall.

“I love being one of the #PeerLeadershipFellows in my community, not only to establish meaningful relationships with my peers, but to help connect them with some of the same opportunities that have shaped me into who I am today.” – Amanda Lewis, North Shore Cohort 4

December 9, 2019: Meet Anna, a junior at Swampscott High School. She is involved in the I Am That Girl Club, Peer Leaders Club, International Relations Club, and is involved with student council, volunteers for Rovers Special Olympics Soccer, and sings in her synagogue’s teen choir, the Chai Notes. Anna also enjoys playing on her school’s volleyball, indoor track, and sailing teams. She is a member of Congregation Shirat Hayam, spends her summers as a counselor at Camp Tel Noar and is excited to continue her work with the #PeerLeadershipFellows Peer Inclusion Track as a Senior Fellow!

“I became a #JTIBoston #PeerInclusionFellow because I believe that our Jewish community has so much potential to grow and expand through #inclusion. There are so many amazing opportunities for ALL #JewishBostonTeens and I’m so excited to be working to include everyone in our community” – Anna Levenberg, Peer Inclusion Cohort 2

December 2, 2019: Meet Lucy, a sophomore at Marblehead High School. She enjoys playing sports, including volleyball and tennis. Lucy is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, MA, and she attends Camp Tel Noar in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Lucy loves playing with her pet, corgi named Chloe!

“I joined the #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows program so I could get more teens involved in the Jewish community. I have found amazing opportunities within the community and I love the idea of engaging more #JewishBostonTeens. I am looking forward to strengthening my connections with my peers and developing my leadership skills.” – Lucy New, North Shore Cohort 4

November 25, 2019: Meet Nate, a sophomore at Marblehead High School. He plays soccer and hockey and enjoys most sports, board games, and other brain puzzles. Nate likes to read and play video games and is a Madrich (teaching assistant) and member at Temple Emanu-El, Marblehead, MA

“I joined the #PeerLeadershipFellows because I thought it was really sad that so many Jewish teens became disconnected so soon after they became B’nei Mitzvah. Getting involved with #JTIBoston seemed like a really good opportunity to change that and give anyone Jewish a happy and welcoming Jewish community.” – Nate Samuels, North Shore Cohort 4

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 jam-packed weekend for #JewishBostonTeens!

The #JTIBoston #PeerLeadershipFellows were all over the map with their BBYO & NFTY NE friends! It 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