Zoe Wertlieb, a junior at the Charles E. Smith Jewish Day School in Rockville, was awarded a Kol Koleinu Jewish Feminism Fellowship from the Moving Traditions organization for teens. Zoe is the founder of her school’s Girl Up club, as well as co-captain of the varsity dance team, and co-director of the Girls Advisory Board at the Girls Leadership Organization. Zoe enjoys playing volleyball, dancing, and she is a passionate advocate for human and civil rights. She is a member of Congregation Har Shalom in Potomac.
“I applied to Kol Koleinu because I wanted to form a stronger connection between my activism and my Jewish identity,” she wrote. “I have been a very strong advocate for all women’s rights for many years and have built up my leadership skills through various programs, which I have learned how to implement into my daily life as a female teenager. I am looking forward to learning more about how my Jewish identity influences my activism while getting to know other young Jewish activists.”