Meet the First Cohort of Rochester's Peer Leadership Fellows!

Peer Leadership Fellows is a national program where teens are trained to be catalysts to better connect their peers with Jewish life, in Rochester and beyond. With training and support, Fellows are paid to build relationships with uninvolved Jewish teens in their own communities, introducing them to the diverse menu of opportunities available to them. Fellows will learn cutting edge methods for engaging their peers at a national training with other Peer Leadership Fellows from across the country as well as at local monthly seminars which provide additional skill-based training supervision, reflection, mentorship and community building.

  • Eliana Alweis

    Eliana Alweis is a freshman at Brighton High School. She is involved in the BHS Production Crew and likes to read and bake. She is a member of Temple B'rith Kodesh and this will be her sixth summer at Camp Harlam. Eliana enjoys playing music with and watching movies with friends.

  • Lauren Bernhard

    Lauren Bernhard is a freshman at Brighton High School. She participates in Ski Club, Model UN, Jewish Student Union, and Friends of Rachel with school. She is a member of Temple Sinai and has attended Camp Seneca Lake for 3 years. Summer of 2019, she departs for Africa with BBYO. She plays lacrosse, and spends time with her friends in her free time.

  • Cooper Cohen

    Cooper Cohen is a freshman at Brighton High School. He is participating in School and Club Lacrosse, Ski Club, Model UN, and Trapezoid. He has been attending Camp Senca Lake through the JCC for 7 years. In his free time he enjoys playing with his furry friend, Grover.

  • Ori Dragon

    Ori Dragon is sophomore at Brighton High School. He plays soccer, loves to travel, and cook, and goes to Temple Beth El. Since fourth grade he has been going to Israel every summer where he surfs and spends time with family and friends.

  • Simon Goldstein

    Simon Goldstein is a soon to be sophomore at Mendon High School who loves skiing, golf and playing soccer. He also loves camp Harlam (has gone 6 summers) and attends TBK where he is a madrich. He also has two dogs Bamba and Zissel and three siblings.

  • Sophie Goldstein

    Sophie Goldstein is a current freshmen at Brighton High school. She is involved in the school newspaper, DECA and is on the JV volleyball team. She is a member at Temple Beth El and goes to Camp Seneca Lake during the summer. She has a dog named Rocky and likes to go on runs in her free time.

  • Dan Green

    Dan Green is a sophomore at Sutherland high school. They are involved in the gsa and enjoy singing and playing the guitar. They do aikido three days a week and volunteer at the RMSC during vacations. They love making art and watching tv shows with their sister.

  • Steven Korn

    Steven Korn is currently finishing his sophomore year at Brighton High School. He plays volleyball and is on track. He is also in two Jewish youth groups through the Chabad of Rochester and Temple Brith Kodesh and has been a camper at Camp Seneca Lake for 9 years. He loves hanging out with his friends and playing various sports with them.

  • Zoe Metzger

    Zoe Metzger is an incoming sophomore at Brighton High School. She is involved in field hockey for school and club teams, and does alpine ski team for school. She is a member of Temple Brith Kodesh and this summer will be her 8th summer going to Camp Seneca Lake.

  • Zoe Nipe

    Zoe Nipe is a sophomore at Brighton Highschool. She is involved in JSU and Musical Theatre. She is a member of Temple Sinai and she is part of JROC band. Zoe loves music and spending time with her friends

  • Chuck Rutberg

    Chuck Rutberg is a rising sophomore at The Harley School. He plays on the baseball team and participates in the theater program. He is a member of Temple Sinai and has been going to Camp Seneca Lake for 8 years.

  • Matthew Sarnov

    Matthew Sarnov is in the class of 2022 at Hilton High School. He is involved in the school band and chess club. He is a member of Temple Sinai and a board member of RATSY. He is also an active cabinet member of NFTY-NEL. Matthew loves his dog Gwenevere and hedgehog Sherman. He has a black belt in Kyokushin Karate and has been playing piano for ten years.

  • Charles Schaff

    Charles "Charlie" Schaff is a sophomore at Allendale Columbia. He is involved in USY. Charlie enjoys skateboarding, guitar, chess, and spending his summers at Camp Seneca Lake.

  • Ariel Tabachnikoff

    Ariel Tabachnikoff is an incoming Sophmore at Brighton High School. She is involved in Natural Helpers, Jewish Student Union, Jewish Rock Band, and Song Leader Boot Camp. She is a member of Temple Sinai and, has been and continues to work as a Counselor In Training in the early childhood development building at the JCC (In Miami) during the summer. Most of all Ariel loves spending her free time with her friends and family.