Sam Wexler of Westfield interned this month for Jewish Family Service of Central NJ through the Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest’s SeniorITIS program. Sam, who is an honor roll senior at the Pingry School in Basking Ridge, worked at the JFSCNJ Charlotte Shak Food Pantry, managing its to help move food into the newly built storage facility. He also worked in the agency’s Urban Vegetable Garden.
Sam has an interest in computer science; he represented Pingry in Lockheed Martin’s Code Quest programming competition. He also participated in McGill’s 2020 Neuroscience Summer Academy and helped revive Pingry’s Humanities Center, where he is a French peer tutor.
Before this, he spent his summers working at Camp Yachad at the JCC of Scotch Plains and teaching martial arts. He earned his first-degree black belt when he was 14 and now is an assistant instructor at the Satori Academy of Martial Arts in Cranford. A co-leader of Pingry’s Jewish Affinity Group, Sam came to SeniorITIS somewhat unexpectedly. He said that “my friend actually introduced me to the program. I immediately knew it was perfect for me since I could get real-world working experience while furthering my Jewish education, something I’m very passionate about.
“I’ve really enjoyed my time here,” he said about JFCS. “Not only have I learned so much about gardening and the inner workings of a food pantry, but I truly feel like I’ve been able to make an impact in my community by working here. I look forward to returning whenever I can.”
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