Empowering Peer Leaders
These 11 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!
Ryann Bloom, Natick High School:
Ryann Bloom is a senior at Natick High School. She is heavily involved in NFTY-NE and is on the youth board at Shir Tikva. She works at Sandy Island summer camp and spent the first semester of her junior year abroad in Israel.
Michaela Berman**, Franklin High School:
Michaela Berman is a senior at Franklin High School. She is involved 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 a part of NFTY-NE!
Sam Cantor**, Newton South High School:
Samson Cantor is a senior at Newton South High School. He has served on the Leadership Council of the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston and was president of the NSHS Cheese Club. Samson is a member of the Camp Tevya community and loves to play lacrosse. Sam is serving as a Peer Leadership Fellow through our partnership with The Rashi School.
Sam Goldstone**, Wayland High School:
Sam Goldstone is a junior 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 super excited for a second year of JTI and is also a youth board member at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA.
Rachel Kessler, Hopkinton High School:
Rachel Kessler is a senior at Hopkinton High School. She is involved in a freshman and exchange student welcoming committee and is on the Varsity debate and tennis teams. She enjoys drawing, writing, baking (when she doesn’t mess up the recipe) and of course, making new friends! She is a member of the BBYO community and has lived in four states.
Leah Koritz, Gann Academy:
Leah Koritz is 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 in Needham and loves participating in her temple’s youth group!
Josh May, Needham High School:
Josh May is a senior at Needham High School. He is involved in the DECA chapter at his school and loves to attend NFTY events. He is a member of Temple Beth Elohim and goes to URJ Kutz Camp. Josh loves to travel, and is always on the go!
Amanda Noah, Framingham High School:
Amanda Noah is a junior at Framingham High School. She is involved in her school’s field hockey and ice hockey teams and enjoys spending time with her friends. She is a member of Temple Beth Am where she is on the BATY board for NFTY. She is also involved in BBYO. She attends Camp Tevya and will also be traveling to Israel with Cohen Camps this summer.
Scott Palmer, Keefe Technical High School:
Scott Palmer is a sophomore at Keefe Technical High School in Framingham, with a vocation concentration in Carpentry. He is a member of Temple Beth Sholom in Framingham and aided in their religious school. He served on the Temple’s USY chapter board as Freshman Representative and Social Action Tikkun Olam (SATO) Vice President. Scott enjoys woodworking and playing the piano.
Isaac Popper, Medfield High School:
Isaac Popper is a junior at Medfield High School. He is involved with his school’s business club, currently serving as the president. Isaac is an active leader in NFTY-NE and loves to attend regional and subregional events. Additionally, Isaac belongs to Temple Beth David in Westwood where he was the NAWDTY president and served on the temple’s Board of Trustees. In the past, he has spent his summers at Eisner Camp or in Israel. He is a proud Eagle Scout and enjoys hanging out with his friends and family, traveling around the world, and playing soccer and tennis.
Gavin Weinberg, Algonquin Regional High School:
Gavin Weinberg is a junior at Algonquin Regional High School in Northborough, MA. He really enjoys playing on his school’s basketball team as well as being a member of many other clubs. He loves to read books and be outside in nature. He is also an active participant in NFTY. He is extremely passionate about philosophy and political science and is always down to have an awesome conversation, no matter when or where!
Haley Wexelblatt**, Wellesley High School:
Haley Wexelblatt is a senior 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.
**Denotes Year 2 Fellow.