Meet the 2023/2024 Leadership Circle!!


Samantha Levin


My name is Samantha Levin and I am a rising junior at Mountain View High School! I am a competitive dancer and also love to play piano! I was a part of the friendship circle 8th grade program before covid and then began volunteering at Sunday Circle and Kidz Circle in the 2022-2023 school year! I love spending time with my buddy and had so much fun getting to know her and bonding with her! I can’t wait for another great year of bonding with my buddy and other Friendship Circle volunteers!


Bodhi Gemello


Hello, my name is Bodhi Gemello. I have been involved with FC for only one year, but it’s all I have needed to appreciate the amazingness of this organization. Right when I joined, I immediately felt a connection between me and the community, Judaism, and my buddy. I have enjoyed every aspect of FC and can’t wait to continue


Lainey Egnal


I’m Lainey Egnal and I began volunteering with Sunday Circle and Kidz Circle at the beginning of the 2022-23 school year! I go to Menlo-Atherton High school where I will be a junior this fall, and I love being a member of the varsity dance team there! I am also a competitive dancer and love spending time with my friends. With Friendship Circle, I have gotten to make so many new friends, including my buddy, Lauren! I am so excited to spend more time with her and the other buddies and volunteers in the upcoming year!


Jonah Leslie


My name is Jonah Leslie and I'm a Junior at Kehillah Jewish High School. I love playing sports, cooking, and spending time with my friends and family. One of my favorite activities to do is go to the beach as I love the water and outdoors. I also love animals as I have 2 dogs that are my 2 favorite things in the world. I am super outgoing and love talking and getting to know new people. I have been volunteering at Friendship Circle since October 2022 and cannot wait to volunteer for many years to come. My favorite part about volunteering is seeing the smiles on the kid's faces and seeing how much they feel loved and appreciated. I am super excited to be a part of the Friendship Circle Leadership Board as we look to improve and evolve the overall experience of Friendship for buddies and volunteers.