Empowering Peer Leaders
These 16 individuals form a diverse group of leaders—they have varied backgrounds and experiences, they come from communities across the North Shore, 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!
Skyler Burke**, Marblehead High School:
Skyler Burke is a senior at Marblehead High School where she is involved in sports such as soccer, basketball, and track. She is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and is S’ganit in her BBYO chapter. She is excited for the year ahead and can’t wait to begin her second year with JTI’s fellowship.
Sophie Cohen **, Masconomet High School:
Sophie Cohen is a senior at Masconomet Regional High School. She is involved in her school’s field hockey and softball clubs and enjoys reading, singing, and spending time with her family and friends. Sophie is a member of the Temple Ner Tamid and Camp Pembroke communities and visited Israel with the Dor L’Dor program.
Josh Comito, St. John’s Prep:
Josh Comito lives in Peabody and is a sophomore at St. John’s Prep. He enjoys playing soccer, football, guitar, video games, and is involved in the Aviation Club at SJP. He is a member of the Temple Ner Tamid community and attends Camp Rotary in Boxford. He is hoping to play rugby in the spring.
Rachel Goland, Pingree School:
Rachel Goland is a junior at Pingree School in South Hamilton, MA. She is involved in both soccer and track. Additionally, she is an active member of BBYO and attends a camp annually affiliated with the Russian School of Math. Rachel comes from a bilingual household, which provides her with a wide spectrum of culture.
Tate Greenfield, Swampscott High School:
Tate Greenfield is a sophomore at Swampscott High School. He is not involved in a club but enjoys playing golf, tennis, soccer, and video games. He is a snowboarder in the winter, plays piano, and loves to play with animals, especially dogs.
Jared Kasten, Marblehead High School:
Jared Kasten is a sophomore at Marblehead High School. He is involved in DECA Business Club, Best Buddies and enjoys playing baseball. He is a member of the Congregation Shirat Hayam community and attends Camp Tevya for the summer. In his free time, Jared enjoys going to the gym and listening to music.
Emma Keith, Newburyport High School:
Emma Keith is a junior at Newburyport High School. She is involved in the National Art Honors Society, Gulf of Maine Institute, school climate team, and the Environmental Club. Emma enjoys skiing, competitive running, going to to the beach, and being with friends. She is a member of Congregation Ahavas Achim In Newburyport. She is 1 of 750 people in America who have only one kidney!
Amanda Lewis, Peabody High School:
Amanda Lewis is 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 nine summers at Camp Pembroke, and is excited to be going back this summer as a first-year counselor! She also became a member of BBYO this past fall.
Ben Nagel, Marblehead High School:
Ben Nagel is a sophomore at Marblehead High School. He is involved in BBYO and enjoys playing tennis and running track with friends. He is a member of Temple Emanu-El and the Camp Tevya community, and loves to spend time with friends and do volunteer work.
Aidan New, Marblehead High School:
Aidan New is a sophomore at Marblehead High School. He is involved in school politics and the tennis team. Aidan loves to get involved with JTI as much as possible, and he spends his summers at Camp Tel Noar.
Lucy New, Marblehead High School:
Lucy New is a sophomore at Marblehead High School. She enjoys playing sports, including volleyball and tennis. Lucy is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, and she attends Camp Tel Noar in Hampstead, New Hampshire. Lucy loves playing with her pet corgi named Chloe!
Nate Samuels, Marblehead High School:
Nate Samuels is a sophomore Marblehead High School. He plays soccer in the spring and fall and hockey all year long. He enjoys most sports, as well as board games and other brain puzzles. He likes to read and sometimes play video games. He is a Madrikh/Member at Temple Emanu-El and is half blind after (accidentally!) stabbing himself in the eye in fourth grade — which is one of his favorite conversation starters!
Jenna Tabenkin, Georgetown High School:
Jenna Tabenkin is a sophomore at Georgetown High School and participates in volleyball, lacrosse and Anti-Defamation League club. Outside of school she plays guitar, dances competitively, and volunteers at Anna Jacques hospital. She is a member of Congregation Ahavas Achim In Newburyport. For the past eight summers, she has attended an all-girls overnight camp for four weeks in the summer, where she lives in a cabin with up to 12 people! While there, she participates in activities like sailing, drama, archery, waterskiing, etc. all while being disconnected from her everyday life.
Katie Tassinari, Marblehead High School:
Katie Tassinari is a sophomore at Marblehead High School. She is involved in Interact Club and enjoys playing Volleyball and hanging out with her friends. She is a member of the Temple Emanu-El community and also loves music.
Shira Zimmerman, Hamilton-Wenham High School:
Shira Zimmerman is a junior at Hamilton-Wenham Regional High School. She has been a member of the high school tennis team for the past two years. Additionally, she’s a member of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody. For the past nine summers, she has enjoyed going to Camp Pembroke!
Haley Zunick, Marblehead High School:
Haley Zunick is a sophomore at Marblehead High School who is involved in the student council as well as Interact Club. She is a member of the Varsity cheerleading team and loves to tumble. She also attends a Jewish overnight camp for seven weeks each summer called Camp Tel Noar. She has never been to Israel but is excited to go next summer as a part of Tel Noar’s Dor L’Dor program.
**Denotes Year 2 Fellow.