Global Israel Fellowship

Global Israel Fellowship

Meet the July Fellows | Meet the August Fellows

The Global Israel Fellowship is a unique, fully-funded opportunity that provides a constructive space for young teen leaders to learn, grapple, explore, and engage with Israel. This exclusive group will navigate Israel’s story, the country’s many complexities, its challenges and triumphs—inclusive of all perspectives—and survey the ever-changing relationship between the Jewish State and community worldwide. Through tailored educational content, specialized facilitation trainings, and a comprehensive emphasis on practical application, we aim to develop a cadre of knowledgeable teen facilitators, capable of respectful Israel dialogue and nuanced and effective programming. Prospective Fellows can apply to be a part of the inaugural cohort today.

  • Rising Grades: 11–12

  • Cost: No cost, by application; completion of Fellowship includes $1,000 programming grant for your home community and $1,000 merit scholarship towards ILSI, ILTC, or International Kallah in summer 2021

  • Location: Primarily online with one in-person retreat

  • Application Deadline: Applications are now closed


Cohort 1 (JULY: Two Week Intensive)
9:00 AM–11:00 AM ET
July 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 26, 27, 28, 29, 30

Cohort 2 (AUGUST)
12:00 PM–2:00 PM ET  
August 2, 3, 5, 10, 12, 17, 19, 23, 24, 26

*Please note that dates are subject to change.


What does the Fellowship entail?

  • Ten virtual learning sessions over the summer

  • Monthly virtual check-ins throughout the year

  • One in-person retreat in February 2021

  • Commitment to run three follow-up programs in your local community with mentorship

  • Opportunity to be part of an amazing cohort of global teen leaders

  • $1,000 stipend to run Israel programming in your home community

  • $1,000 off ILSI, ILTC, or International Kallah in summer 2021

  • Learning from some of the best and brightest thinkers and influencers on Israel


Tell me more about what I’ll be learning.
Our curriculum focuses on the makeup of Israel—its history, politics, people, and land, while also emphasizing development of core facilitation skills. The program opens with an intensive seminar that frames the importance of constructive deliberation and facilitation, followed by a series of in-depth experiential classes on Israel’s history and modern landscape. Our final seminars focus on learning sophisticated plug-and-play programming that can be brought back to your regions, as well as design thinking based support for building your own programs.

Who can apply for the Fellowship? How many participants are there?
The Fellowship is open to rising 11th through 12th graders from around the world. Ideal candidates are mature and creative thinkers with strong interpersonal skills and a passion for Israel and global Jewry. The Fellowship will be capped at fifty participants and will be run in two groups of twenty-five.

Do I need to know a lot about Israel to apply?
We welcome all teens who are interested in learning about Israel—no prior experience necessary! We strive to make sure our cohort represents a plurality of voices and views.

What is the application process like?
Prospective candidates are invited to apply here. The application consists of:

  • Some basic information

  • A staff and peer reference

  • A short video of yourself

Finalists will be notified if they have been selected to participate in the Fellowship by June 30.

I’m already doing another summer program. Can I also do the Fellowship?
Yes, you can! The Fellowship timing enables prospective candidates to join in addition to their other summer experiences. While sessions are mandatory, they are only two hours long and can easily be worked in with other commitments.

Can you tell me more about the programming requirements?
Fellows commit to running three fully funded Israel programs in their home communities over the coming year—these programs can be on a chapter or regional level. Programs must fit guidelines that will be established during the Fellowship experience and will be run with close mentorship and guidance from expert staff.

More questions?

Email [email protected].

Meet the Mentors

Lauren Cohen Fisher

Lauren Cohen Fisher is the Assoc. Director of Israel Education for Hillel International, where she currently directs Masterclass: Israel, a training fellowship for Hillel Professionals across North America. She has taught about the Israeli landscape for global, national, and regional audiences (including BBYO's IC) for the last 7 years. Her approach integrates history with narrative, seeking to unpack complexity and explore values in tension. In her previous role as the Director of Israel Education at Harvard Hillel, Lauren crafted the institution's strategic vision for Israel education. Lauren received her BA in Government from Colby College and her MA in Political Science from Tel Aviv University. A summer camp counselor at heart, Lauren's favorite pastime is finding the right ice breaker for the moment and reminiscing on her memories at the Cohen Camps, where she spent nearly 15 summers.

Joey Eisman

Joey Eisman is a professional experiential educator and currently a PhD student in Educational Psychology at Temple University. He received a B.S. from the University of Michigan, an M.A. from Columbia University, and is a graduate of the M2 Senior Educators Cohort. He served as the Senior Program Manager for Global Engagement at BBYO, where he managed BBYO’s global expansion strategy, reaching Jewish teens in over 40 countries. During his tenure at BBYO he also oversaw the Israel programming and led ILSI for 6 summers! Joey loves Israel and has been almost 20 times. In fact,Israel is such an important part of him that it is his middle name!

Kevin Levin

Kevin Levin is a sociologist and Jewish Educator born and raised in Buenos Aires, Argentina. He has an MA in Middle Eastern, South Asian and African Studies from Columbia University and has published articles related to Israel and the Middle East for academic and media outlets. He currently serves as academic director of Martin Buber High School in Buenos Aires and is a volunteer at different community organizations

Jonathan Posner

Jonathan Posner is a Chef, educator, and Rabbinical student at the Jewish Theological Seminary in New York. He has been involved with BBYO as a Jewish Enrichment Consultant since 2018, has worked with regions across North America, and has spent time at Perlman Camp as an educator for ILTC and Kallah. In addition to cooking and keeping his knives sharp, Jonathan loves coffee shops, playing bass, writing poetry, and learning languages.

Jill Rosenberg

Jill Rosenberg is a facilitator, trainer, and learning and development professional. She has spent nearly two decades serving the Jewish community in Montreal, Canada where she is originally from, in the San Francisco Bay Area where she has lived for the past thirteen years, and now globally as her consulting practice supports clients working with remote workforce, talent development, and virtual events. She is a mission-driven person, bringing both humor and passion to everything she does, including cooking, baking, and eating great food!

Chaim Steinberg

Chaim Steinberg has been working in Jewish Formal and Informal education for over 20 years. Currently he is a Middle School Social Studies teacher in Pittsburgh, PA, likes to read comics and play video games with his two sons, and has been baking up a storm over the past few months.

Marissa Tait

Marissa Tait has been an educator in the Pittsburgh Jewish community since 2014, working with all ages, from preschool through high school. She is currently the Director of Youth Programming at Congregation Beth Shalom as well as Senior Youth Group Advisor at Rodef Shalom Congregation. Marissa is passionate about empowering Jewish teens to explore their identity, pursue social justice causes, and to create and lead their own programs that help build and strengthen their community. Marissa uses experiential learning to create an open and honest dialogue where students ask tough questions of themselves and their community.

Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath

Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath is a Jewish educator and lifelong learner. A native Long Islander, Samantha is a true 'wandering Jew' and has lived in Pittsburgh, New Jersey, Israel, and Washington, DC, and is currently at home in Cleveland, Ohio. Samantha works for the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, where she oversees teen engagement, and is an alumna of the University of Pittsburgh, the Jewish Theological Seminary, and recently received her doctorate from Gratz College. Samantha can usually be found reading, knitting, cooking, and finding ways to work dogs into every conversation that she has. She lives with her husband and two rescue pups in the Cleveland suburbs.

Meet the July Fellows

Noga Brauner

BBG, North Florida Region

Noga Brauner is from Gainesville, FL. She plays soccer on her school team, and is part of Spanish club and student government.During the summer Noga works at a day camp in Israel as a counselor. In her free time she likes to cook and bake, listen to music, run, meet up with her friends, and go to bbyo programs.

Aline Cosac

BBG, Uruguay

Aline Cosac lives in Montevideo, Uruguay with her arents and her brother. She attends Macabi Tzair, one of her local jewish-zionist youth centers, and there she participates in theater productions and is a part of the recruiting committee.

Other than school and Macabi, Aline participates in other activities such as being a tutor for sixth graders involved in STEAM, and being Head of Workshops and Webmaster of iRIS club.

When she isn't reading or studying, she loves haging out with her friends and going to the stadium to support her soccer team.

Linda Dorazilová

BBG, Balkans: Czech Republic

Linda Dorazilová , better known as Lili, comes from a small town in Czech Republic called Přerov. She is almost 18 years, and will be graduating Gymnasium of Jakub Škoda next year. Lili has many hobbies including dancing, creating new things, and singing (even if she's not very good at it!). She is a member of Maharal Chapter (in Prague) in BBYO Balkans region, where she serves on a Regional Board as Morah and Mazkirah. Lili is the first person from Czech Republic to attend BBYO and she is working to make her chapter stronger. Aside from BBYO, she annually attends Jewish camp in Europe and serves as a madricha in Czech Republic programs. Lili has two older sisters, and a little white dog named Speedy.

Ezequiel Dyner

AZA, Argentina

Ezequiel Dyner, better known as Eze, is from Buenos Aires, Argentina. This is his first year in BBYO and he is Moreh of the Shabados chapter. In his free time, Eze enjoys playing soccer and FIFA.

Brice Eber-Morris

AZA, Manahattan Region

Brice Eber-Morris is a rising senior at Eleanor Roosevelt High School. He lives in New York City (the best city in the world),and is the Gadol of Manhattan Region. When Brice isn't at school you can catch him at one of his many extracurriculars which include BBYO, varisty tennis, chess club- which he captains, and boxing.

Josh Elkin

AZA, Wisconsin Region

Josh Elkin is a rising junior from Milwaukee, Wisconsin. For Josh, service is a core value; at his school, he is involved with Key Club, Student Senate, and his Tri-M Honor Society chapter, and he was a weekly volunteer at his local hospital prior to the COVID-19 pandemic. For the past six summers, Josh was a camper at URJ OSRUI, and his final summer was spent at a seven-week Hebrew immersion program; there, he developed a deep passion for Israeli politics and culture. This has led him to pursue additional Jewish leadership opportunities as he was a fellow for the Shalom Hartman Institute’s Emerging Jewish Thought Leaders and participated in AIPAC’s Summer Saban Leadership Seminar. His passion has also translated into leadership within BBYO; he currently serves as Wisconsin Region’s 71st Aleph Shaliach, where he is eager to help every Aleph in his region foster a unique and authentic connection with their Jewish identity.

Berk Eraltan

AZA, Turkey

Berk Eraltan is from Izmir, Turkey. There he goest to the American Highschool in which he is the head of the live tv and media clubs. He is the assistant photographer of a famous Turkish band and you will always see him with a camera. He likes to play sports and travel around the world. Also he is the 96th Grand Aleph Mazkir in the International Board.

Haylee Feist

BBG, Northern Region East: Northern Virginia

Haylee Feist lives in Arlington, Virginia.

Max Gaffin

AZA, South Jersey Region

Max Gaffin is from Cherry Hill, New Jersey. Max is currently serving as South Jersey Region's Aleph S'gan, the Vice President of Programming in his community and takes an active role in BBYO around the globe. At school he serves as the Vice President of Cherry Hill High School East Student Government, as well he is one of the Features Editor for Eastside Newspaper, an award-winning High School Journalistic Newspaper. Max also participates in a number of community service based activities in his community. Max is always showing his creative side as he loves drawing and writing short stories. Max participates in his local synagogue and lives by his philosophy that if he not actively doing something, he is bored. He loves to hang out with his friends, siblings and his dog, Daisy.

Zachary Glaser

AZA, Greater Jersey Hudson River: Central

Zachary Glaser is a high school junior from central New Jersey. He is a proud Aleph in GJHRR BBYO and is currently serving as the Central Council Shaliach. In addition to BBYO, Zachary is actively involved in the Jewish community through his Synagogue. Zachary has two part time jobs. He works as a Madrichim teaching Hebrew to children with special needs at his Temple’s Religious School and most recently, he began working at one of his favorite restaurants, Cold Stone Creamery. Zachary attends Howell High School's Fine and Performing Arts Academy where he is an Acting Major. He enjoys acting in local theater productions from time to time. Outside of school and work, Zachary remains active having earned his second degree black belt in Tae Kwon Do. In his free time he loves to travel and be outdoors. Zachary enjoys writing, biking and running and he is currently training to run his first half marathon!

Emma Goldberg

BBG, Connecticut Valley Region

Emma Goldberg lives in Stamford, CT with her parents and younger sister. At school, she is the Vice President of the Science Honors Society and is a peer chemistry tutor. She is also President of the GirlUp club, and enjoys volunteering with children with special needs and shadowing a local Pediatrician in her free time. As a member of the executive board of the Mayor's Youth Leadership Council, Emma is an activist for erasing the stigma surrounding mental health and works closely with her community. Emma is highly involved with community service, and will be serving as CVR's regional Ozeret (VP of community service) this year. She received the Anita M. Perlman Stand Up award and Star of Deborah award for her work in BBYO. Emma enjoys gymnastics, playing field hockey, and traveling.

Avi Gorodetski

BBG, Northern Region East: DC

Avi Gorodetski is a rising Junior from Washington, D.C.. She is passionate about community service, leadership, and of course, BBYO. Avi loves to travel and learn about other cultures, but her home away from home will always be Israel. Her passion for helping those less fortunate than her brought her to lead a team in the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society's Students of the Year Campaign this past year. Avi is a social butterfly and enjoys discussing difficult topics around diversity as a member of the Youth Leadership of Greater Washington Class of 2020. As DC Council S'ganit, Avi is excited about the chance to inspire younger members of her council through strong programming and diverse leadership experiences. Avi could never live without music, Netflix, FaceTime, BBYO Twitter, or ice cream, and the top item on her bucket list is visiting 50 countries by the age of 50!

Zoe Hirshfeld

BBG, Lonestar Region

Zoe Hirshfeld lives in Houston, Texas. At school, she is co-president of the International Club, is in the choir, is an editor for her school yearbook, the Quadrangle, and is a member of Model UN. Additionally, Zoe is an active member of her school's Jewish Affinity Group and Unity Council, often attending forums to educate herself on social justice issues. Outside of school, Zoe does lots of community service with the National Charity League. Her favorite place to volunteer is at an organization that helps underprivileged kids learn to read because Zoe has a passion for knowledge and learning herself. In NCL, Zoe has served on her chapter board as recording secretary and treasurer, and hopes to continue holding leadership positions throughout her high school career. In her free time, Zoe enjoys swimming, reading mystery novels, and hanging out with her sister.

Joseph Hochberg

AZA, South Jersey Region

Joseph Hochberg is from South Jersey. In school he runs for the Cross Country and Track teams as the Junior Varsity Captain; he is the President of the German Club; and he competes in his school's Science League. Outside of school he works as a Teacher's Assistant for his synagogue. He also has a passion for learning languages; Joe can speak German and is currently learning Hebrew. He also likes to use his platform on Tiktok as an activist against antisemitism. In his free time, Joe enjoys going on runs, playing ping pong with his older brother, and going to the Jersey Shore.

Ariele Jinich

BBG, Colombia

Ariele Jinich is from Bogota, Colombia. At school she is part of the Writing Center and stage manager of the theatre productions, working closely with others to help and create something, whether it be a piece of writing or a play. She is actively involved in her synagogue, volunteering as a leader for the children's service on Shabbat and the high holidays, and forms part of the local rikudim team. At home, she will be found in the kitchen baking something new, with a book in her hand, or spending time with her friends and twin brother.

Ryan Kertzner

AZA, Nassau Suffolk Region

Ryan Kertzner is from Bellmore, NY, where he is a junior at Mepham High School. There he is plays on the varsity tennis team, fundraises for the BuildOn club, competes in FBLA, and partakes in other school clubs as well. He also advocates in his community as a youth ambassador from the Tourette Association of America. In his free time, he enjoys mountain biking, longboarding, and spending time at the beach.

Deborah Levy

BBG, Mexico

Deborah Levy is from Mexico. She is part of a dance company, participates in various social service activities and is really interested in social media marketing. She loves learning and she is always looking forward on developing new projects. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her family and friends, she loves traveling and trying new things.

Andy Niser

AZA, Great Midwest Region

Andy Niser is from downtown Chicago. He runs on his school's varsity cross country and track teams and is the President of his local BBYO chapter. He also is a high level soccer referee and was recently awarded as the 2020 Illinois Young Male Referee of the Year. In his free time, he loves to explore the city, hang out with friends, work on coding projects, keep up with politics, and watch soccer games.

Noa Ohana

BBG, Central Region West

Noa Ohana lives in Palo Alto, California and is sixteen years old. Noa is a hardworker who balances her course rigor with the other aspects of her life including sailing and being the head of programming in her youth group where she has held numerous leadership positions. She enjoys spending her free time with her friends and family, and going to the beach.

Lily Roberts

BBG, Delta Region

Lily Roberts is an activist, athlete, and scholar. At 18 (and voting!), she believes that passion is the pathway to change. Roberts’ passion for community fuels her involvement in BBYO, an international Jewish youth movement. Roberts currently serves as her region’s 73rd Regional Sh’licha, working to increase community service and social action involvement across 5 southern states. Roberts’ passion for social change spurred her to found and serve as the President of her high school’s Girl Up club, a United Nations Foundation campaign that fights for global gender equality. Through Girl Up, she coordinated her region’s first ever SoutHERn Summit; discussed the 19th Amendment’s impact on her generation in a WWE television interview; and started her club’s weekly international Workout Wednesdays. Roberts holds athletics close to her heart. She has played on the varsity level throughout her high school career in softball, soccer, basketball, and golf. Roberts is eternally curious and channels her intellectual drive into the International Baccalaureate program, where she currently ranks 2nd in her class of over 450 students. When Roberts is not in the classroom, on the field, or behind the podium, she loves exploring the outdoors with her friends or discovering great TV shows on rainy days.

David Rubin

AZA, Balkans: Slovakia

David Rubin lives near Vienna, Austria with his mother and three siblings. He is a part of BBYO:Slovakia and currently serves on the 7th Balkan Regional Board. In his free time, David enjoys drawing, photography, and playing video games.

Yael Schuller

BBG, North Texas Oklahoma Region

Yael Schuller is from Dallas, Texas and is a rising senior at Yavneh Academy of Dallas. There she is a member of many clubs such as Students Against Terrorism, Students for Students, Israel Club, JMAAC (Jewish Medical Awareness and Advocacy Club) and is Yearbook editor. Outside of school, she volunteers with Jewish Family Services, babysits, and is currently Regional President of her BBYO Region. In her free time she is often found baking gluten free desserts.

Candela Silveira

BBG, Argentina

Candela Silveira lives in Buenos Aires, Argentina with her family. She is a senior in high school, majoring in design. She participated in March of the Living last year which inspired her to apply to be a volunter guide at the Holocaust Museum in Buenos Aires, and do everything in her power to transmit our origins and history to the world. Candela is highly creative; she has been a tap dancer for ten years, enjoys cooking, and loves traveling and meeting new people around the world. Design and creativity are two of her passions and she will be studying fashion design at university next year!

Hailey Weisberg

BBG, Ohio Northern Region

Hailey Weisberg lives in Solon, Ohio with her parents and younger sister. There she is the captain of the Gymnastics team, and a member of Comets fighting Cancer, Key Club, and SADD. She is also a gymnastics coach. In her free time, she enjoys hanging out with friends and listening to music.

Jack White

AZA, Northern Region East: DC

Jack White is an Aleph living in Maryland, just outside of DC. He is a leader in Simon Atlas AZA #126 and currently serves as DC Council #54's 91st Aleph Shaliach. On top of this, Jack is one of three coordinators of BBYO's Virtual Shabbat Task Force. He is extremely passionate about the three major aspects of the Shaliach position: Judaism, Social Action, and Israel Advocacy. He is also active in the community outside of BBYO. Jack immerses himself into the Ben Cardin Scholars Program - which engages participants in sessions with local Jewish leaders to learn from them -, religious school at his synagogue, and is a Montgomery County Teen Court - which focuses on rehabilitation of teens that commit crimes instead of giving punishment - volunteer. He also plays lacrosse for his high school varsity team, as well as for his club team, MDX Lacrosse Elite. If there is one thing he'd wish everyone to know about him, it would be that he loves talking to people, old friends or new.

Zoe Wojnowich

BBG, Eastern: North Carolina

Zoe Wojnowich is from Charlotte, North Carolina. She loves to play tennis and at school is a four-year starter and two-year captain of the varsity tennis team. She has always loved being a part of student government, and is currently serving as the Student Events Informational Chair of her student body's Executive Board, through which she will plan and lead multiple events for the student body. She is passionate about her work with the Crohn's and Colitis Foundation and founded and serves as President of the Junior Board of the Carolina's chapter of the Foundation, which works through the motto "Teens helping teens." She is a proud member and the N'siah of Chai Chaverim BBG #1548-552, the biggest (and "baddest") chapter in Eastern Region. In her free time she loves spending time with family and friends, playing with her three dogs, and re-watching New Girl.

Meet the August Fellows

Liam Asher

AZA, Northern Region East: Baltimore

Liam lives in Baltimore, Maryland, where he is a Junior at Pikesville High School. There, he is a member of the Badminton and Tennis teams, as well as the local JSU and a writer for the school newspaper. Liam is passionate about science and technology, leading him to join the Project Lead the Way program, a 4-year engineering program for high school students. Outside of school he enjoys playing soccer with his friends, tutoring kids for their Bar Mitzvah, and helping at his synagogue's Hebrew School. Since the majority of his family is Israeli, Liam is fluent in Hebrew and is very knowledgeable and passionate about Israel's history and ongoing legacy.

Jonah Baram

AZA, Keystone Mountain

Jonah Baram is a rising junior from Pittsburgh PA. He live in the suburbs of the city with his mom, dad, and sister and is currently regional Moreh.As a leader in his local and Jewish community, Jonah tries his hardest to improve the places he finds himself in . He volunteers at Friendship Circle and several local food pantries. Jonah also playa varsity tennis for his high school and loves to hang out with people in his free time.

Gillian Beck

BBG, Lake Ontario

Gillian Beck is from Toronto, Ontario, and is an only child. At school, she is vice president of her athletic council, as well as media head of a volunteerism council. She participates in the school's dramatic productions, dance shows and Youth Volunteerism committee. Gillian will be serving as Lake Ontario Region's 41st Regional N'siah in the coming year, and is a current member of ILN, for she is a part of the the Standing Up for Upstanders Task Force. Gillian loves creative writing, and enjoys challenging herself to try new things. She is very adventurous, and adores travelling with her family. In her free time, Gillian plays many sports, two of her personal favourites being rugby and soccer. Gillian strives for academic excellence, and has obtained a spot on the summa cumme laude every term of high school.

Aliyah Blasband

BBG, North Texas Oklahoma

Aliyah Blasband is from Dallas, Texas. She currently holds the position of S'ganit for Fannie Sablosky BBG #396 in North Texas Oklahoma Region #74. She is also currently on the Junior Board for the Dallas Holocaust Museum and is very involved in fighting for civil rights. She used to attend JJ Pearce High School but since January has attended TTU K-12 online school. In her free time she loves watching Netflix, planning BBYO programs, playing with her dogs, and spending time with friends.

Max Coppola

AZA, Nassau Suffolk

Max Coppola is a high school student from Long Island, NY. He is an avid delegate in various Model United Nations conferences at schools like Harvard, Cornell, and Brown, and also helps to mentor younger delegates from his school. Max was also an ambassador on BBYO's Ambassadors to Ukraine 2019 delegation, and was published in The Times of Israel after writing about his experience. He enjoys exploring differences in cultures around the world, and finding new ways to form unexpected connections between things and people. Recently, he co-founded Elev Labs, a startup incubator-accelerator hybrid designed for high school students. Max is an ambitious student always looking to learn more. In his free time, he enjoys exploring with his friends, trying new foods, and always loves a good book.

Jessica Daninhirsch

BBG, Keystone Mountain

Jess Daninhirsch lives in Pittsburgh with her parents, sister, and two dogs. She is an aspiring journalist with a passion for photography, activism, art, music, and dance. Within BBYO, she is currently Keystone Mountain Region’s regional sh’licha. Outside of BBYO, Jess likes to participate in her school’s musical as well as the photography club she founded, and she is one of the cofounders of the Polar Opposite Project, an organization focused on giving her generation a voice on important global issues and bringing them together.

Malka Engbar

BBG, Rocky Mountain

Malka Engbar is from Denver, CO where she lives with her parents, younger brother, and dog. At school, she is on Student Council as Communications Director, and she is also a member of the Literary Magazine. In the winter, she loves to take advantage of the Colorado mountains and ski as much as possible. In her free time, she enjoys spending time with her friends and family, cycling, painting, and napping.

Evan Forman

AZA, Lake Ontario

Evan Forman is from Toronto, Canada and has taken part in a number of opportunities, including the DECA business club, the school student ambassadors program, and karate. Likewise, he has emerged as a leader at his summer camp, working with younger kids and learning a great amount about leadership as a CIT. Overall, he enjoys taking on as many leadership roles as possible where he is able to help others, passing on his knowledge. In his free time, Evan loves to watch sports, play video games, hang out with friends and family, and much more.

Samara Haynes

BBG, Greater Jersey Hudson River: Northern

Samara Haynes is from Montclair, NJ. At school, she is Junior Class President, rows for the crew team, participates in Model UN and Model Congress, and is a member of the Civics and Government Institute. She is very passionate about social justice, gun violence prevention, and climate change. She has become a leader in climate activism nationally and has helped educate others and organize strikes in her community. She hopes to become a leading journalist one day and has already been published in local and national newspapers. In her free time, Samara enjoys hiking, biking, and playing with her dog.

Adam Hollander

AZA, Ohio Northern

Adam Hollander lives in a suburb of Cleveland Ohio called Shaker Heights. He lives with his parents, two sisters and dog Raider. He is a rising junior and is a varsity tennis captain. He works part-time at a local ice cream shop. During his free time he enjoys playing spike ball, taking long runs, and practicing his cooking. Adam works with kids with disabilities through a charity called Youth Challenge Sports. He serves as Ohio Northern Region's 30th Regional Mazkir and enjoys working closely with his fellow Alephs on board. Adam has attended an overnight camp called Camp Wise for the past seven summer and planned on attending a trip to Israel this summer.

Emma Jacobson

BBG, Mid-America: Kansas City

Emma Jacobson lives in Kansas City, Kansas. There, she participates heavily in BBYO and Musical Theatre. She recently was President of B’not Lev BBG, currently serves as the Kansas City Council Schlicha, is Co- President of her schools Jewish Student Union, is involved in her schools Feminism club, and serves as the secretary on her drama thespian board.

Emma has a strong passion for her friends, family, Judaism, Israel, Feminism and Politics! She is also an active participant in her synagogue. In the future she is hoping to study Musical Theatre, alongside Judaism and Hebrew studies. She is so excited to be in this fellowship!

Mia Kulinsky

BBG, Pacific Western

Mia Kulinsky is from Los Angeles, CA. At school, she is the President and founder of the Women's Cancer Support Club as well as president of the Math Club, and a proud member of the Jewish Club. She enjoys playing her violin and participating in math competitions and is in the Symphony Orchestra at her school, as well as the UCLA Math Circle. In her free time, she volunteers at her local hospital and interacts with patients as well as serve on the Teen Advisory Board at the hospital in order to train other teen volunteers. She also plays an active role in her BBYO board as her chapter Shlicha. As Shlicha, she emphasizes making teens feel like they have a home, regardless of their Jewish identity. In the future her hope is to become a doctor, travel the world, and serve for the Israel Defense Forces.

Mateo Levin

AZA, Manhattan

Mateo Levin lives in New York City with his parents and sister. At school he is the leader of the Youth Animal Protectors club at the Churchill School. Mateo also plans and executes Shabbat morning services for kids 7-11 at his shul, where he is an active member. He is also the 1st Regional Shaliach (VP of Jewish Enrichment) for BBYO Manhattan Region. In his free time you can find him learning something on youtube, reading, or studying Torah.

Franciszek Petelewicz

AZA, Poland

Franciszek Petelewicz lives in Łowicz, Poland next to Warsaw with his parents and younger sister. He is a member of his school's council, where he is responsible for organizing school and local events. He participates in singing music projects and often appears on stage. He is heavily involved in activism and works to represent values of human rights- fight for equality and against hate speech, and is involved in a local political youth group. Franek is devoted to his Jewish community by active work for his BBYO chapter, attending community events, and so on. He enjoys singing, creative work, hanging out with his friends and gaining new experience.

Charlie Rosin

AZA, South Jersey

Charlie Rosin is an Aleph from Cherry Hill, NJ who is currently serving as Godol of his region. He swims for his High School swim team in the winter and runs track in the spring. Charlie is active in a variety of different clubs at his school including Jewish Student Union, DECA, Future Doctors of America, and Chess Club. Out of school Charlie is an active member of his synagogue attending Hebrew Highschool and having been to Israel for his confirmation trip. Charlie is excited to be a part of the fellowship this year and can't wait for what's to come.

Kira Saroken

BBG, Michigan

Kira Saroken is from West Bloomfield, MI. She is a middle child with an older brother and younger sister and has 3 cats. She is a very active member in Bbyo Michigan region. She is in Aliyah BBG and has served as many positions in the chapter and region including, sunshine girl, Sganit, Spring convention coordinator, Shlicha, and more! Kira attends the Frankel Jewish academy and enjoys hanging out with her friends in her free time.

Sivan Stave

BBG, Lake Ontario

Sivan Stave is a passionate and ambitious teen from Toronto, Canada. She spends her free time playing with her dog, hanging out with friends, and watching movies with her family. She also enjoys traveling and learning new things about different countries and their cultures. Sivan likes to take on different leadership roles both in and out of school such as partaking in her school's Debate Club and working at a Hebrew School on Sundays.

Maya Sullum

BBG, Liberty

Maya Sullum resides in Clarks Summit, PA, with her older sisters and parents. At school, she is an honor roll student, historian of Student Council, and treasurer of Period Club. She is also an active member of Interact Club, Student Senate, Tobacco Resistance Unit, Gender and Sexuality Alliance, Build Up, and Transition Team. Serving as the president of her library's Teen Leadership Committee, she leads peers in planning and executing community events. In the past three years, Maya has followed her enthusiasm for service by completing over 230 volunteer hours. Additionally, she participates in dance, band, and cheerleading, as well as coaching cheer for young children. Along with her plethora of activities, Maya is a passionate activist who focuses on re-educating herself and those around her by actively fighting for equality. In her free time, she loves hanging out with friends and family, creating art, playing and listening to music, and reading.

Lucy Traub

BBG, Great Midwest

Lucy Traub is a senior at Glenbrook North High School in Northbrook, IL. She runs cross country as well as running hurdles for her school. Lucy is the co-founder and President of the Society of Women’s engineers at her school where she and her peers work to engineer 3-D print prosthetics. She also works as an English tutor for her peers, as well as a woodshop teacher’s assistant. She is also an avid participant in her school’s Jewish Student Connections. When Lucy is not at school she loves to be in nature- whether it is gardening, volunteering at local nature preserves, or just going for walks.

Alyssa Utgof

BBG, Active Jewish Teens: Russia

Alyssa Utgof lives in Ekaterinburg,Russia .This year she finished Gymnasium with an emphasis on English, Russian and Literature.She is an active participant of Jewish Teen Club and is also the owner of a clothing brand! Alyssa is a half-professional photographer and makeup artist. She loves skateboarding,snowboarding and badminton, and some of her academic achievements include red certificate of graduation from art school and certificates of region english and literature olympiads . In her free time, she enjoys editing photos and hanging out with her friends or younger brother.

Victor Vernick

AZA, Liberty

Victor Vernick is a rising high school senior from Philadelphia, PA. At school, he plays three varsity sports, has served as a member of Student Council, and is a student tour guide for prospective students. Victor joined BBYO as a tenth grader and immediately realized that it was for him. He currently serves as the Vice President of Programming on Regional Board and is dedicated to making an impact on prospects and new members through connection and unique programming. In his free time, Victor loves to play tennis, go to the beach, hanging out with friends, and listening to music.

Sara Vero

BBG, Hungary

Sara Vero was born in Budapest in 2003. She was raised in a traditional Jewish family. Her mother tongue is Hungarian and she also speaks English in high level and Hebrew in a medium level. (She also started to learn Spanish). Sara is studying in the Lauder Javne Jewish school. She has been spending her summers in the JDC Szarvas Camp and this year she became a madricha in the camp. She was one of the founders of BBYO Hungary in 2015. Sarah is also one of the mentors in BBYO Junior since 2018. She has also completed the Sahar madrich training in her school and has been teaching 4th graders for two years. She has won the first price of the Jewish Lens photo contest of Beit Hatfutsot in 2018. She represented Hungary on the March of the Living in Jerusalem. She also participated on the student exchange program of Partnership Together to Akko. Sara was the slicha on BBYO Hungary's first and third board. She represented Hungary in Ambassadors to Bulgaria and on AZA BBG IC.

Zuzanna Wiewióra

BBG, Poland

Zuzia Wiewióra is from Bielsko-Biała, Poland and is a rising junior. She is an active participant in the Warsaw JCC and in her free time she plays guitar and runs (in the forest!). She also plays basketball and is an official basketball referee. She loves theater, and was an acctress in her city theater for 5 years. Her favorite sport is skiing, and she has been competing in it since age 6. Her greatest achievement so far has been winning the title of a Laureate in the Polish recitation competition.

Jeremy Zoller

AZA, Greater Jersey Hudson River: Northern

Jeremy Zoller is from Livingston, New Jersey where he attends Livingston High School. He is a district executive board member of the New Jersey District of Key Club International where he leads the approximate 12,000 members in New Jersey. He also participates in student government as well as volunteering on behalf of the Livingston Advisory Committee for Disabilities. Jeremy loves to give back to his community by volunteering often. He is a varsity swimmer and a volunteer swim coach for a Special Olympics swim team. In his free time he hangs out with friends and goes to either New York City or the beach.