Springboard Peer Ambassadors 2021


Daniel Weisskopf

Daniel is a freshman at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School. He enjoys tennis, golf, reading, and hanging out with his friends. He is a member of Moriah Congregation and enjoys learning Torah. He has gone to Jewish schools all of his life and can't wait to share the love for Judaism he has developed!


Yael Handelman

Yael is a senior at Rochelle Zell Jewish High School and an active member at Anshe Emet Synagogue. She loves spending her time at gymnastics and also serves as her school's varsity volleyball team captain. Yael is excited to take on responsibility as a Springboard Peer Ambassador because of the amazing and creative opportunities it gives teens to connect to the Jewish community.


Zoe Klein

Zoe is currently a senior at Oak Park River High School and belongs to Oak Park Temple. She is very active in the Jewish community and loves trying new programs and meeting new people! She also loves hanging out with her friends, eating burritos, and talking about Harry Styles. She is super excited for the opportunity to be a part of the peer ambassador program and hopes for a very successful year.


Gaby Olbur

Gaby is a sophomore at Buffalo Grove High school. She enjoys swimming and water polo and hanging out with her friends. She works as a babysitter and is getting certified to become a lifeguard. She goes to BJBE in Deerfield. She is excited to become a peer ambassador because she loves to be a leader!


Ruth Prass

Ruth is a sophomore at Deerfield high school where she plays soccer and basketball. She is an active member of her Israel club and Hebrew honors society. She belongs to congregation BJBE and Congregation Beth Am. Ruth loves cooking, baking, exercising and hanging out with her friends. Through her attendance at OSRUI, her Jewish identity is strengthened through connections. She loves the idea behind the Peer Ambassador program and is excited to have an amazing year with an amazing group!


Dylan Cohen

Dylan is a sophomore at Deerfield High School, where he is participating in the Sophomore Exec Board and DECA where he uses his leadership skills. In his free time, he is very involved in cross country, he runs every day. He belongs to BJBE. He is very excited to be a Peer Ambassador because he wants to get involved with more Jewish activities, while at the same time getting his friends involved as well


Sophie Dekoven

Sophie is a senior at Jones College Prep where she is the president of Jewish Student Connection. She likes playing lacrosse, flute, and piano in her free time, as well as hanging out with friends, bringing criminal minds, and reading. She regularly volunteers at the Lakeview Pantry and as a math tutor. She enjoys attending BBYO programs and is excited to be a Peer Ambassador to introduce new teens to great Jewish programs around the Chicago area.


Talia Holceker

Talia is a rising senior at Francis W. Parker School of Chicago, where she is an active leader and member of her community. She enjoys dancing, reading, and hanging out with her friends. Through her work with Cradles to Crayons and the Anti-Cruelty Society, her Jewish identity has become central to her passion for volunteering. She loves how flexible and rewarding the Peer Ambassador program is, and she is very excited to return to the program this year as a Senior Peer Ambassador!


Yael Smith

Yael is a current Senior at Highland Park High School, where she holds leadership roles in the Medical Education club and the HPHS FOCUS on the Arts Festival. She is an active member at North Suburban Synagogue Beth El in Highland Park where she can often be found reading Torah or tutoring children in Torah trope and Hebrew. She loves playing violin, especially with the Maxwell Street Junior Klezmer Orchestra, listening to music, and hanging out with friends. She is excited to reach out to Jewish teens with the Peer Ambassador Program and get them more involved in the Jewish community!


Alexa Turner

Alexa is a junior at Highland Park High School, where she participates in the school soccer team, and uses her love of editing to help with the school news. She is a passionate member of the Camp Chi family, which helped form her Jewish identity and find her passion for bringing together and bettering her community. She uses her passion in Jewish programs such as Chi Town Connection (CTC) and JSC General Board. As a Springboard Peer Ambassador, she cannot wait to connect with Jewish teens and direct them to use their passions to better our society.


Caitlyn Altenberg

Caitlyn is a Junior at Stevenson High School, where she participates in her school softball team and active leadership roles in her community. She enjoys playing softball and hanging out with friends. Through her love of overnight camp and counselor experience she has grown to strive for a higher grasp as a leader and become closer with her Jewish community. Caitlyn loves how flexible and rewarding the Peer Ambassador program is and she is very excited to start this adventure with everyone.


Simone Redensky

Simone is a current junior at Jones College Prep, where she plays on the varsity lacrosse team. She enjoys reading, shopping and spending time with her friends. She began to discover her Jewish identity when she attended Camp Chi, and has since become more involved with Jewish organizations and programs. She is so excited for her first year as Peer Ambassador and is looking forward to helping others learn about their own Jewish identities.


Hannah Dalinka

Hannah is currently a junior at Glenbrook North High School (GBN) and she belongs to North Shore Congregation Israel (NSCI). Hannah is a member of the machonik leadership committee at NSCI and a regular song-leader there. She is also a URJ Song-leading fellow and completed the SIT program at JCC Camp Chi last summer. At GBN, Hannah is active in acapella, theatre, choir, and student government. She is also on the Speech team and volunteers for Relay for Life. Hannah loves to sing, act, hang out with friends, stargaze, and make smoothies. Hannah is thrilled to be a part of the Springboard Peer Ambassador program to meet new people and grow as a Jewish leader!


Zachary Seaver

Zachary is a sophomore at Vernon Hills High School, who is a member of Congregation Or Shalom. He’s passionate about basketball, singing, playing guitar and more. He has been involved with NFTY and other Jewish programs for quite a while now before joining Springboard, and he is excited to make new friends and help create fun events for people to meet each other. Zachary has also been a camper at OSRUI for 7 years now and has become very involved with his Judaism. Finally, he is very excited to be a part of the Peer Ambassador Program and to see what waits ahead for him!

Pearl Steinhouse

Pearl Steinhouse

Pearl is a junior at Evanston Township High School. In her free time, she likes to spend time with her friends, play hockey, or watch Netflix. Her love for camp and the community she’s found going to OSRUI have helped her on her Jewish leadership journey. One of the things she’s most excited for this year as a Peer Ambassador is the opportunity to meet local Jewish teens and have some fun!


Tess Adelstein

Tess is a rising Junior at Lane Tech High School, where she actively participates in many clubs, including JSC. She loves to write, listen to music, and hang out with her friends. Since Tess has been attending her overnight camp, Camp Chi, for practically half of her life, she's been able to grow her Jewish identity through practicing Jewish values and learning about Jewish culture. She can't wait to connect with other teens and expand her and other knowledge of Judaism as Peer Ambassador starting this fall!


Sophia Rose

Sophia is a senior at Vernon Hills High school. She likes to read, go for walks and hangout with friends. She found her love of Jewish youth leadership and the community while as a camper at OSRUI and serving on board of her synagogue's youth group. Making some of her best friends and memories is what inspired her to do Springboard’s Peer Ambassador program. She hopes more people can experience all that there is to offer within the Jewish youth group community.