JCC Global Teen Fellows 2019 bios


JCC Global Teen Fellows  is an international program for Jewish teens from our Orange County JCC community and our partner JCC in Kfar Yona, Israel. Twenty-eight of our teens met up with 28 Israeli teens to experience Jewish Peoplehood, expand their world through global connections, develop a foundation for becoming community leaders, as well cross the planet for amazing experiences, friends and adventures. 

Below we introduce our teens. Check here to read their comments as they tour Israel. And photos too!


Meet Our Teens


Maya Abelowitz

10th grader at TVT. Speaks Hebrew.



Olivia Averill

Goes to Woodbridge High School. Enjoys swimming and going to the beach.


Fiona Batstone

11th grader at TVT and rows at the Newport Aquatic Center


Beaue Bernstein

Going into 10th grade at TVT. Loves all dogs!


Eli Brand

10th grader at undesignated school and TVT basketball rookie of the year.  


Maya Clausman

Goes to Corona Del Mar High School. On the varsity cheer team.


Ari Cohen

10th grader at TVT. Plays soccer.  South African.


Ethan Duzman

10th grader at Woodbridge High School and varsity swimmer.


Ricky Grossman

Junior at TVT. Soccer player.


Kerren Goldberg

11th grader at Woodbridge High School and member of the girl's lacrosse team.


Jonas Holdaway

In 11th grade at Edison High School. Spends most of his time doing homework but occasionally squeezes in some chess and Tae Kwon Do ninja training.


Leanna Kandkhorov

Junior at TVT. Russian.



Micah Katz

11th grader at Corona Del Mar. Works at a Nitrogen ice cream store.


Lauren Kessel

Loves to bake, sing, go shopping and hang out with hangout with friends.


Jonathan Kfir

Goes to University High School and plays soccer.


Maya Lin

Going into 10th grade at TVT. Dancer and likes bagels.



Ian Macdonald

10th grader at TVT and plays club soccer.



Jared Maister

11th grader at TVT. Captain of the varsity baseball team.



Jordan Marciano

Future 11th grader at TVT.


Rachel Neufeld

Spirit animal is a Golden Retriever.


Ethan Newman

10th grader at TVT and plays varsity soccer. 


Jeff Reinharz

Goes to TVT. Plays varsity and AA hockey.


Julia Schachtel

16 years old and loves to travel.


Ethan Schill

9th grader at TVT high school. Soccer crazy, with his favorite team being Manchester United. Likes sports cars and real estate.


Aaron Sundukovskiy

Goes to OCSA. Plays varsity tennis.


Bella Trachtman

Going into 10th grade at Corona Del Mar. Rower at Newport Sea Base.


Anna Weinberg

Going into 10th grade at TVT. Dances 24/7. 


Sivan Yehezkel

10th grader at Laurel Springs and eventing rider. 


Toda rabah: thank you!

Supported by Doris Chasin and a grant from the Leon Ninburg Israel Legacy Fund of the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County. 





Funding support provided by a grant from the Jewish Community Foundation Orange County.