Empowering Peer Leaders
These 12 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!
Jennifer Bloom, The Academy at Penguin Hall:
Jennifer Bloom is a Junior at The Academy at Penguin Hall in Wenham. She is involved with doing community service and is an active member within the HOBY Program (Hugh O’Brain Youth Leadership Foundation). This summer, she will also be attending the World Leadership Congress with HOBY in Chicago. Jennifer enjoys baking, camping, art, and babysitting. She is a member of the Temple Tiferet Shalom community, and was recently confirmed back in May.
Jordan Brodsky, Danvers High School:
Jordan Brodsky is a Sophomore at Danvers High School. She is involved in the Tomorrow’s Teachers club and is a member of the field hockey and lacrosse teams. She enjoys hanging out with her friends and traveling. Jordan is a member of Temple Emanuel in Andover, and spends her summers at Camp Pembroke. She last went to Israel when she was eleven years old and can’t wait to go back next summer on the Dor L’Dor trip with the Cohen Camps.
Skyler Burke, Marblehead High School:
Skyler Burke is a Junior at Marblehead High School where she is involved in sports such as soccer, basketball and track. She is a member of Temple Emanuel in Marblehead, and is S’ganit in her BBYO chapter. She is excited for the year ahead and can’t wait to work with JTI.
Sophie Cohen, Masconomet Regional High School:
Sophie Cohen is a Junior at Masconomet Regional High School. She is involved in her schools’ 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 will be going to Israel this summer with the Dor L’Dor program.
Alex Greenfield, Swampscott High School:
Alex Greenfield is a Sophomore at Swampscott High School. He plays soccer, basketball and baseball, and enjoys playing the piano.
Rachael Gregory, Marblehead High School:
Rachael Gregory is a Junior at Marblehead High School. She is involved in Best Buddies club and enjoys running track and playing soccer. Rachael is a member of Shirat Hayam and has spent the last 8 summers at Camp Pembroke.
Isabella London, Marblehead High School:
Isabella London is a Sophomore at Marblehead High School. She plays volleyball and tennis, and likes to create art and hang out with her friends. Isabella is a member of North Shore BBYO and Temple Emanu-El, where she loves to help out during the school year as a Madricha (teaching assistant).
Jasper Merrill, Marblehead High School:
Jasper Merrill is a Sophomore at Marblehead High School. He recently started the Animal Wellness club at school and now serves as president. Through the club, students do all sorts of events to raise awareness and money for his local animal shelter. He also plays football and runs track at school. This summer, on top of going away to Israel for two weeks, he will also be a CIT at Camp Rotary. Jasper has attended Camp Rotary for eight years and is very excited to be a Counselor in Training.
Andrew Orfaly, St. John's Prep:
Andrew Orfaly is a Sophomore at St. John’s Prep, where he is involved with the school’s Jewish Student Union, Concordia Newspaper, and the Math Team. He enjoys doing CrossFit and being with friends and family, especially his second-family at Camp Tel Noar. He belongs to Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead.
Andrew Rosenberg, Pingree High School:
Andrew Rosenberg is a Sophmore at Pingree High School. He enjoys fishing, playing basketball and baseball and hanging out with friends. He is a member at Congregation Shirat Hyam in Swampscott. An interesting fact about Andrew is that he has a boaters license and a lobstering license.
Daniel Smith, Marblehead High School:
Daniel Smith is a Sophomore at Marblehead High School. He is involved in Magic the Gathering Club, winter and spring track, Boy Scouts, and works at a pet food store. Daniel is interested in World War II, coding (in Batch) and movies. He is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead, has been attending Camp Yavneh for 9 years and can solve a Rubik’s Cube.