Empowering Peer Leaders
These 10 individuals form a diverse group of leaders—they have varied backgrounds and experiences, they come from communities across the Metrowest and North Shore, and they each have unique Jewish journeys. They also all have one thing in common: they’re ready to help redefine what mainstream inclusion can be in the Jewish teen community, helping to connect with and support peers at local, regional and national events. Fellows will work to remove many of the stumbling blocks that prevent teens from feeling comfortable and connected at teen programming by acting as a buddy for their peers.
Madison Dempsey, Gloucester High School:
Madison Dempsey is a Senior at Gloucester High School. She is a member of the National Honors Society, and involved in the theatre program. Madison is also a teen mentor at Pathways for Children. She enjoys figure skating (which she does competitively), art, and reading. Madison is a member of Temple Ahavat Achim in Gloucester, and is so excited to be joining an amazing group of people!
Abby Frank, Wellesley High School:
Abby Frank is a Junior at Wellesley High School, where she swims on the swim team, participates in the varsity ceramics team, and enjoys ceramics, painting and drawing, and hanging out with her friends in her free time. She belongs to Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, where she is an active member of their teen community and NFTY. She just completed a year on the board of The Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston (JTFGB) – a group of high school students learning the responsibility of collective philanthropy through tikkun olam and tzedakah.
Hannah Goodman, Chapel Hill Chancy Hall:
Hannah Goodman is a Junior at Chapel Hill Chauncy Hall in Waltham. She is involved in the Cross Country, Basketball, and Lacrosse teams at her school and enjoys hiking and learning American Sign Language in her free time. She is a member of Beth El in Sudbury and was involved in project Hibur during the past year.
Anna Levenberg, Swampscott High School:
Anna Levenberg is a Sophomore at Swampscott High School. She is involved in the I Am That Girl club, Peer Leaders club, International Relations club, is class secretary on 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 and goes to Camp Tel Noar and is so excited to get involved with the Jewish Teen Initiative’s new Peer Inclusion Track!!
Justin Lista, Natick High School:
Justin Lista is a Junior at Natick High School. He is involved with Game Changers, Peer Advocates, and a mentorship program at his school. He is also the backstage manager for his school plays and a member of the Natick High School Boys Swim Team. In his free time he enjoys spending time with friends. Justin is a member of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland and works there as a Madrich with his twin brother.
Lily Mcguirk, St. Marys High School:
Lily McGuirk is a Sophomore at St.Marys in Lynn. She is involved in Rachel’s Challenge and enjoys being with her family and practicing her faith. She is a member of Temple Emanu-el in Marblehead and enjoys being out in nature.
Jonah Michel, Newton North High School:
Jonah Michel is a Junior at Newton North High School. He is an active part of the school’s theatre program and was a lead in the fall show Clybourne Park and an ensemble member of the winter show, Cinderella. He also was on the NNHS JV baseball team this spring. Jonah is a very active member of the TBE youth community and he loves it there. He also has been going to Camp Tel Noar for six years.
Gillian Pergament, Gann Academy:
Gillian Pergament is a Junior at Gann Academy, where she is a member of the Tikkun Olam Union. She is involved in NFTY Northeast, and just completed a year on the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston’s board. She is a member of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, where she is an active member of their teen community. Gillian loves playing her guitar and piano, hiking with her golden retriever, and traveling to new places. In the past, Gillian was an assistant coach for the Nashoba Valley Special Olympic ski team and is now very involved in raising awareness for kids and teens with disabilities.
Libby Rosen, Marblehead High School:
Libby Rosen is a Sophomore at Marblehead High School. She is on the diving team and is a part of the Leadership Council. Libby is a member and madricha at Temple Emanu-el in Marblehead. She works at Orange Leaf Marblehead and spends her summers at Camp Tevya in Brookline, NH. She loves giving back to the community and has been involved in a lot of community outreach with both her school and temple this year.
Ella Shapiro, Brookline High School:
Ella is a Sophomore at Brookline High School, where she has also worked as a preschool aide. She has been a participant in the Jewish Teen Foundation of Greater Boston and looks forward to going to Israel this summer on NCSY’s Rescue Israel trip. Ella loves to play guitar, takes singing lessons and enjoys being with animals. She belongs to the Maimonides Kehilah in Brookline
where she often takes part in community shabbatonim (retreats).
Madison Sherman, Framingham High School:
Madison Sherman is a Junior at Framingham High School. She enjoys dancing, babysitting, reading, and yoga. She belongs to Temple Beth Am in Framingham. Madison spends her summers with family on the west coast, and is exited to be participating in Mitzvah Corps, American South this year.
Rachel Wolf-Wagner, Framingham High School:
Rachel Wolf-Wagner is a Senior at Framingham High School. She is involved in Model Congress/UN and student government, is an avid volunteer outside of school, and enjoys listening to music. Rachel is a member of Temple Beth Am and its youth group BATY, and loves to travel and go on adventures with her friends.