Empowering Peer Leaders
These 12 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!
Dar Bejerano, Natick High School:
Dar Bejerano is a rising senior at Natick High School. She is involved in the Natick Ski Team and Change the World Club, and enjoys waterskiing, downhill skiing and babysitting. She is a member of Shevet Ofek (Israeli Scouts in the Boston area), where she counsels the freshmen. Dar loves spending time with her friends and family, and can stay up all night talking with them about things she loves — especially if they’re munching on some good Israeli snacks together!
Abby Blumenfeld, Wayland High School:
Abby Blumenfeld is a rising senior at Wayland High School. She is involved in volleyball, basketball, and tennis and enjoys playing and learning new instruments! She is a member of the Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, spends her summers at Camp Pembroke and enjoys meeting new people.
William Cummins, Keefe Regional Technical School:
William Cummins is a rising senior at Keefe Regional Technical School in Framingham, where he plays football, wrestles, and runs track. He belongs to Temple Beth Torah in Holliston, and is an active member of BBYO. Will has a twin sister, and enjoys spending time with friends.
Jon Dees, Wellesley High School:
Jon Dees is a rising sophomore at Wellesley High School, where he runs on the track team and enjoys hanging out with my friends. Jon spends his summers at Camp Tel Noar, and is a member of Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland.
Noah Green, Lincoln-Sudbury High School:
Noah Green is a rising junior at Lincoln-Sudbury High School. He stage manages school productions, and is an editor for the school newspaper. He is a member of Congregation Or Atid in Wayland and his favorite flavor of pie is blueberry.
Hailey Joseph, Natick High School:
Hailey Joseph is rising junior at Natick High School. She is involved with ADL, and key club (community service) at school. She is a member of Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley and goes to Camp North Star over the summer. She enjoys playing volleyball, and dancing.
Julia Joseph, Natick High School:
Julia Joseph is a rising senior at Natick High School. She is a competitive dancer, plays softball and is also involved with ADL, SADD at school. She belongs to Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley, where she is an active member of their teen community and NFTY. Julia loves to play sports, travel, and go to overnight camp.
Matt Kreidberg, Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School:
Matt Kreidberg is a rising junior at Lincoln Sudbury Regional High School, where he is involved in the MVP (Mentors in Violence Prevention) club – focusing on ending domestic violence against women. Matt is on the varsity lacrosse and football teams, loves to bike and snowboard, and plays the guitar in his free time. He is a member of Congregation Or Atid in Wayland, and spent three summers at Camp Bauercrest. Matt has finished the MS bike ride from Umass to Provincetown to raise money for MS three times, and plans on doing it again this summer. Matt’s passion is for people, and he prides himself in being able to create connections and cultivate relationships in every aspect of his life.
Hannah Levine, Framingham High School:
Hannah Levine is a rising senior at Framingham High School, where she serves as the Vice President of her class. She enjoys being with her friends and attending NFTY events. She is a member of Temple Beth Am in Framingham, where she serves as the Co-President for her youth group, BATY. She loves to be in nature while hanging out with her twin brother!
Sophie Meltzer, Framingham High School:
Sophie Meltzer is a rising senior at Framingham High School. She enjoys reading and spending time with her friends. For the past six years, Sophie has spent her summers at Camp Tel Noar in Hampstead, New Hampshire, and is looking forward to being a counselor this summer. Last fall, Sophie studied at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel as an Impact Fellow. She is so excited to to be joining the Peer Leadership Fellows in the Metrowest.
Benjamin Silver, Swampscott High School:
Benjamin Silver is a rising junior at Framingham High School. He is a three season runner (cross country, indoor track, outdoor track), and also loves playing and watching baseball, football, and basketball. Benjamin enjoys spending time with my friends and family. He is a member of Congregation Beth El in Sudbury, where he spending time with their temple youth group, WASTY.
Sarah Winn, Gann Academy:
Sarah Winn is a rising senior at Gann Academy in Waltham. She is an active leader in USY at Temple Israel in Natick, and 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. Sarah is a tri-season varsity athlete at her school on their soccer, basketball and softball teams. She is also deeply involved in Gann’s high school theatre program, where she stage manages, produces, and performs in shows. Sarah spent this past summer on the Dor L’Dor Cohen Camp program to Israel after 7 amazing summers at Camp Pembroke, and is so excited to be a counselor there this summer.