Jannah is a young Muslim who has diverted her emotional response to religious discrimination through humanitarian work and education.She has established “One Medium”, an organization aimed to work in collaboration with members of different faiths to offer aid to people in need. By working together, she believes that prejudices can be dissolved through positive action. She spends her free time reading and finds a special interest in history. She also manages to dedicate philanthropic work at “School on Wheels”, where she tutors homeless and poverty stricken youth and also serves as an active youth leader at her local Mosque.
Emma is a junior at El Camino High School at Ventura College. She is the president of her synagogue’s youth group and works teaching Hebrew and music to the children at Torah school. In addition to playing music at temple, she is one of three regional songleaders for NFTY SoCal. When not at temple or at school, Emma is active at the local aerial gymnastics studio. Her most proud accomplishment is being asked by professional Jewish songleaders to lead the URJ (Union of Reform Judaism) Kutz Camp in song this past summer, the camp’s 50th year.
Jael Ellman is a sophomore at The Archer School for Girls and is a committed dancer in her dance company. Going to a Jewish elementary school, finishing her 8th summer at a Jewish camp called Camp Ramah and having a mother as a Reform Rabbi, she has been floating around in what you could call a “Jewish bubble” most of her life. She’s excited to be part of this unique group of people to listen and learn about each other’s perspectives on their cultures and religions.
Samrina Vasani is a 9th grade student at the California Academy of Math and Science, interested in studying medicine and Humanitarian law. She is a 1st degree black belt in Taekwondo and has maintained a 3.9-4.0 GPA throughout her academic career. She participates in many volunteering services through Kaiser, ICERV and LA Works and is part of various school clubs such as the American Red Cross where she serves on the board as the clu secretary and participated in the International Humanitarian Law Campaign. In the previous year, she obtained the Gold Presidential Service Award for contributing an annual average of 100+ community service hours in volunteering at social events, awareness walks, medical clinics and health fairs. Her passion for helping people derrives from her ultimate goal of becoming an influential role model to the next generation.
Sara Garfinkle is seventeen years old and has a passion for teaching, traveling, and volunteering. She hopes to someday create curriculum that encourages the unconventional thinking that she believes is necessary to broaden perspectives, foster compassion, and create change.
Xade is a Muslim fifteen year old boy living in the Pacific Palisades with his family of five. He has two younger brothers ages 13 and 9. This year he was the starting point guard on his JV basketball team. He is active in his school’s clubs Free the Children and Sea Club. Creating relations and solving disputes between people is one of his strong suits. He hopes to use this as he grows and matures. He also hopes to gain experience by participating in the MAJIC program.
Samantha Walley goes by Sami or Sam. She lives in Southern California, and identifies as Jewish. I went to Hebrew school for about as long as I can remember, and was Bat Mitzvah-ed in 2012. She attends Camp Hess Kramer in the summer, and plans to visit Israel next year summer with her camp friends. She is a part of the Mira Costa Class of 2018, and at her school she is involved with Model United Nations (MUN). Her affiliation with MUN sparked her interest in joining MAJIC because of how religion affects politics and international relations. In the future she sees herself helping people on an international scale that are less fortunate than her, and to negotiate peace between all nations.
Faiz Shamji enjoys tutoring for the Venice Boys and Girls club and helping students with their science and math problems twice a week after school. He has been playing violin since he was six years old and is now a member of the Inner City Youth Orchestra and has had the opportunity to perform at great places such as the Los Angeles Disney Hall. He is also the JV water polo captain at Venice High School and likes to play and meet new people. Lastly, he is a youth volunteer for the Los Angeles Ismaili Center.
Miriam is an active member of Habonim Dror North America, an international youth movement. Summers spent at their camp in California, Gilboa, furthered her interest in equality for all. Some of Miriam’s hobbies include writing, playing various instruments, and participating in the Los Angeles Youth Orchestra. Miriam also enjoys spending time with her friends, attending local concerts, and learning about architecture.