Empowering Peer Leaders
These 13 individuals form a diverse group of leaders—they have varied backgrounds and experiences, they come from communities across the Metrowest, and they each have unique Jewish journeys. They also all have one thing in common. These are individuals who see leadership and peer-to-peer engagement as an important way to create transformational change in our community. Discover their stories below!
Michaela Berman, Franklin High School:
Michaela Berman is a Junior at Franklin High School. She is involved in winter and spring track and field, and enjoys playing baritone saxophone in her schools’ 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 a part of NFTY-NE!
Jonah Bussgang, Milton Academy:
Jonah Bussgang is a Sophomore at Milton Academy. He graduated with the class of 2016 from The Rashi School, serves as a board member of the Jewish Student Union at Milton, and is an active member of Temple Beth Elohim. Outside of school, Jonah enjoys playing squash, whitewater kayaking, and spending time with friends. Jonah is excited to work with JTI as the Peer Leadership Fellow working with Rashi alumni. Jonah is serving as a Peer Leadership Fellow through our partnership with The Rashi School.
Samson Cantor, Newton South High School:
Samson Cantor is a Junior at Newton South High School. He is on the Leadership Council of the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston and the president of the NSHS Cheese Club. Samson is a member of the Camp Tevya community and loves to play lacrosse. Samson is serving as a Peer Leadership Fellow through our partnership with The Rashi School.
Maya Girzon, Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School:
Maya Girzon is a Junior at Lincoln-Sudbury Regional High School. She is involved in STOP (Students Together Opposing Prejudice) and MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention), a student and faculty run relationship program. Maya likes to hang out with friends, go to the movies, shop, bake, exercise, take pictures, and play with her dog, Milo. She is a member of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, where she is involved in the teen community and Rosh Hodesh group.
Sam Goldstone, Wayland High School:
Sam Goldstone is a Sophomore at Wayland High School. He is involved in student government, currently serving as Class President, and loves to discuss and debate pressing political issues. He is a member of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA.
Fiana Herscovici, Framingham High School:
Fiana Herscovici is a Junior at Framingham High School. She is involved in the Student Council and enjoys hanging out with her friends and family, as well as traveling around the world. She is a member of the Temple Beth Am community, and loves to go to the beach!
Matt Noah, Framingham High School:
Matt Noah is a Senior at Framingham High School. He enjoys participating on the football and wrestling teams and also produces videos and creates weekly segments for his high school’s daily TV broadcast. He also recently earned his lifeguard certification. He is a member of Temple Beth Am and their youth group BATY. He is the Treasurer of the youth group and was an aide in the religious school.
Amit Shemer, Algonquin Regional High School:
Amit Shemer is a Senior at Algonquin Regional High School. She is involved in the Israeli Scouts and enjoys traveling, hiking, and hanging out with friends. Amit was born in Israel and moved to the United States at age 8. Her favorite subjects at school are math and gym.
Halle Sisenwine, Gann Academy:
Halle Sisenwine is a Junior at Gann Academy, where she is a member of the volleyball and lacrosse teams. Halle is a member of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, and is a madricha (teaching assistant) in their K-5 learning program. She spends her summers at URJ Eisner Camp, and is a NFTY EIE Heller High alum. Halle has a twin sister, an adorable dog, and likes to explore.
Haley Wexelblatt, Wellesley High School:
Haley Wexelblatt is a Junior at Wellesley High School. At school, she dances and enjoys spending time with friends. She is a member of Temple Beth Elohim and spends her summers at Camp Tel Noar.
Ben Williams, Dover-Sherborn High School:
Ben Williams is a Junior at Dover-Sherborn High School. He is involved with his school’s soccer team and likes to play guitar and swim. Bein is a member of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland and really enjoys making new friends.