These 2021-22 Senior Fellows will be working with teens and organizations to design and lead service-learning experiences, in addition to strengthening our network of JTI Peer Leadership Fellows and teen leaders in our community.
Sophie Backer is a senior at Weston High School, where she serves as secretary for the student council. She was a StandWithUs intern and created programs to help teens combat and educate about antisemitism. Sophie is the co-president of the Jewish Student Union at her school and is a member of the swim and lacrosse teams. She is a member of Congregation Or Atid in Wayland and Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley and spent her summer with Alexander Muss High School in Israel.
Josh Comito is a senior at St. John’s Prep. They are involved in JSU at school and enjoy playing guitar and piano. Josh is a member of Temple Ner Tamid in Peabody, plays soccer and is a counselor at Camp Rotary in Boxford.
Arielle Mogolesko is a junior at Marblehead High School. She is spending the fall semester studying abroad at Alexander Muss High School in Israel. In Marblehead, Arielle is involved in Mock Trial, Team Harmony, Jewish Student Union and the National Green School Society. She also belongs to Congregation Shirat Hayam in Swampscott and has attended Camp Tel Noar for many summers.
Lucy New is a senior at Marblehead High School. Lucy is a member of Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and is a Camp Tel Noar alumna. She is co-chair of the Lappin Foundation Teen Antisemitism Task Force. Lucy loves spending time with her corgi, Chloe.
Aidan New is a senior at Marblehead High School, where he is a class officer, involved in student council and plays tennis and golf. Aidan is a StandWithUs high school intern, a member and madrich (teaching assistant) at Temple Emanu-El in Marblehead and is involved with the Lappin Foundation. Aidan studied abroad at Alexander Muss High School in Israel and spent his summers at Camp Tel Noar.
Sofia Vatnik is a senior at Marblehead High School. She is a co-founder of the Teen Anti-Semitism Task Force, co-host of the JTI Lowkey Convos podcast and a JTI Peer Leadership Fellow for the past two years. She is also a member of the Camp Tevya community and enjoys going to camp every summer. In Sofia’s free time, she enjoys doing yoga and going on walks at the beach.
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