Fresh Ink’s 2020-2021 editorial board members come to us from diverse backgrounds, but all share a passion for writing and a desire to engage their Jewish peers. The board helps develop Fresh Ink, thinking of new and creative ideas on how we can best reach students. In addition to writing, each member also has an opportunity to develop specific skills they would like to hone, such as social media, editing and design.
Looking to get involved with Fresh Ink for the 2021-2022 academic year? Apply to be a staff writer here! Interested in joining the editorial board but haven’t written for Fresh Ink? Email Fresh Ink’s managing editor, Mara, at Mswift@70facesmedia.org.
Rebecca is a senior in the Ramaz Upper School in New York City. She has been a journalist since lower school, and is excited to be the student editor of Fresh Ink for Teens. Last year, Rebecca was a staff writer for Fresh Ink and wrote about Israeli politics, culture, and developments. Rebecca is an editor-in-chief of her high school paper, The Rampage, and is co-captain of the Ramaz Mock Trial Team. She co-founded the Ramaz Yachad Ambassador Board and is on the Teen Leadership Board of Friendship Circle UES. She is also a vice president of the JDC Youth Council and a co-founder of the Ramaz-JDC Global Jewish Activism Club. As student editor, Rebecca hopes to highlight the different voices that make up the teenagers of the American Jewish community.
Ilana is a senior at The High School for Math, Science, and Engineering in New York City. She is an alumna of Seeds of Peace (2019) and the Rising Voices Fellowship (2019-2020). For the past three years, she has been a mentee in Girls Write Now, and she currently is a Bridger in YouthBridge-NY and a StandWithUs High School Intern. Ilana also serves on the AIPAC Teen Council, and she formerly was a Young Leader of Manhattan. She spent the last summer as a Maimonides Scholar and a Great Jewish Books Summer Program participant. Ilana’s work has been featured in various literary journals and magazines. She is excited to serve for her first year on Fresh Ink’s Editorial Board.
Rachel is a junior at East Brunswick High School in New Jersey, and this is her second year serving on the Fresh Ink Editorial Board. She’s extremely involved in activism and politics, serving as the Chair of both the New Jersey High School Democrats and the national Jewish Caucus of the High School Democrats of America. At school, Rachel does Model United Nations, Future Business Leaders of America, and the French Honor Society. When she’s not writing or working on politics, Rachel loves to draw, take photos, journal, ski, and listen to music!
Sarah is a senior at the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in New York City. She is passionate about journalism, government, and all things STEM. At school, Sarah serves as Editor-in-Chief of her school newspaper, Student Government President, captain of the Math team, captain of the Moot Beit Din team, President of the Interfaith Club, a grade representative, goalie for the Girls’ Hockey team, pioneer of the Peer Advising program, prayer organizer for the egalitarian minyan, and leader of the Debate team. Additionally, she loves working with kids as a local community tutor. She enjoys learning new programming languages and coding her first series of iOS apps! Sarah started with Fresh Ink for Teens as a writer and is thrilled to be on the Editorial Board for her second year.
Hayley is a junior at River Dell High School in Oradell, N.J. At her school, she started a music volunteering club where she serves as Co-President/Founder. She is the Vice President of Communication for her local United Synagogue Youth chapter as well as a frequent writer for the school newspaper. Hayley is also an active member in the Music Honor Society, Spanish Honor Society, Global Connections Club, and Best Buddies Club for which she is the Secretary of Communication and an International Ambassador. She is entering her 4th year at the Bergen County High School of Jewish Studies. In her free time, she enjoys playing on her school softball team, spending time with her dog, and watching “The Office.”
Emily is a senior at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y. She is passionate about dancing, writing, and science. Emily is a member of her school’s kickline team, The Portettes, editor-in-chief of her school newspaper, The Schreiber Times, and a member of various honor societies. In her free time, she loves to take dance classes, volunteer at the local hospital, and spend time with family and friends.
Lucas is a sophomore at Schreiber High School in Port Washington, N.Y. At school, he is an editor for the school newspaper and a member of the debate team. In his free time, Lucas enjoys playing baseball, the piano, and the saxophone. He is passionate about science and is involved with research at school.
Sarah is a senior at YULA Girls high school in Los Angeles. She is the Communications Director for California High School Democrats, an editor at Polyphony Lit, a Student Advisory Board member of High School Insider, and a junior editor at Siblini Lit. At school, you can find her co-editing the school newspaper, running cross country, speaking as co-captain of the debate, co-leading B’nei Akiva, reading Gemara as part of Moot Beit Din or editing her school’s literary magazine. Sarah loves writing, reading, watching great movies, running, biking and participating in community service.
Ada Perlman is a junior at The Ellis School in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania where she is a part of her school’s Student Diversity League and Students Demand Action. She is also involved in Pennsylvania High Schoolers for Biden, and her city’s Students and Government Council, a program connecting local teens with city government. She has spent six summers at Camp Stone and is Rosh Snif in her local Bnei Akiva; this past summer, she participated in Great Jewish Books, a summer program focused on the study of Jewish literature. In school, you can find Ada singing in Glee Club or acting in plays. Ada was a staff writer for Fresh Ink last year and has interned for her local newspaper. She is excited to continue her journalistic work!
Yoav is a senior at the Ramaz Upper School in New York City. He plays for both the floor and ice hockey team, in addition to the New York City Cyclones’ U-18 Light travel team. Yoav is president of the Ramaz Politics Club and was a social media volunteer for Beto O’rouke’s presidential campaign. An avid biker, he worked at Camp Ramah Nyack as a sports counselor and is currently a group leader at Darkei Noam Synagogue, as well as a volunteer for the American Red Cross.
Ariel is a senior at Scarsdale High School in Westchester, New York. She is Editor-in-Chief of her school’s newspaper, Maroon, where she writes and edits articles for their website and their print magazine, has built and expanded their multimedia sector, and began a podcast series. At school, Ariel serves as a Peer Leader where she mentors small cohorts of freshmen to help them acclimate to high school. Ariel has also worked as a freelance writer for her town’s newspaper, The Scarsdale Inquirer, and serves as Advocacy Chair and executive board member for J-Teen Leadership, a teen-led community service organization branched with the UJA Federation of New York. Ariel has been a competitive swimmer for 9 years and loves the Harry Potter series.