Teen Leadership Award

The Shem Tov Teen Leadership Awards

The teen nominees are members of the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program and demonstrated a deep commitment to the Jewish community in Toronto, Israel and around the world. Teen nominees exhibited a strong commitment to Jewish values through their actions.

The award recipients are honoured at UJA Federation of Greater Toronto’s Fifth Annual Awards Night for exemplary leaders in the Jewish community.


Nominees Biography:
Dani Palter

Dani Palter is a grade 11 student at CHAT, with a keen interest in helping others. No matter what Dani is helping them with, she loves knowing that she is making a difference. It doesn't matter what volunteering Dani does, whether it is building a house for Habitat for Humanity, or bowling with children from Zareinu - they all impact somebody's life for the better. Over the past few years in particular, Dani has dedicated a significant amount of time to community service. Whether alone or with a group of friends, Dani always likes knowing that what she is doing is going to make somebody's life better. That is why Dani has done so much community service throughout her life. Dani is a member of the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and in lieu of Bat Mitzvah gifts, Dani raised funds to build a playground in a low income area in Acco, Israel.

Ariel Segal

Ariel Segal is a grade 12 student at CHAT with an abiding interest in American history, languages and fashion. She is actively involved in the Beit Haminyan youth service and continues her enjoyment of working with young people as a counselor at Camp Ramah. She is following in her mother’s footsteps through her active involvement in philanthropy and volunteerism. She received the Student Canvasser Award from UJA for the 2009 and 2010 campaigns. She also enjoys Yoga, running, travelling and cooking. This fall, Ariel will be spending a year in Israel on the Nativ Program before returning to Canada to attend Queen’s University. Ariel dreams of moving to Paris one day but hasn’t really decided what she will do once when she gets there! Ariel is a member of the B’nai Tzedek Teen Philanthropy Program of the Jewish Foundation of Greater Toronto and has opened a fund from which she donates to causes that are meaningful to her.