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Local teen chosen for national feminist fellowship

A Squirrel Hill teen has become the first Pittsburgher to take part in Kol Koleinu, a national feminist fellowship.

Orelle Magnani, a senior at Taylor Allderdice High School, was named one of the 2021-2022 Kol Koleinu Teen Fellows.

Now in its fourth year, the Kol Koleinu fellowship is an initiative of the nonprofit Moving Traditions and is supported by the Reform movement’s youth program, NFTY, and the Conservative movement’s United Synagogue Youth. The fellowship allows 56 Jewish teens to explore and deepen their knowledge of feminism, channel their voices to share their beliefs and use skills to create tangible change in their communities.

Magnani, 17, got involved with Moving Traditions — whose mission is to support the emotional wellbeing of Jewish teens — when she was in the seventh grade, through its Rosh Hodesh girls program, then heard about the fellowship from family and friends who have participated.

“I think it’s a great opportunity to implement social change,” she said. 

Open to Jewish 10th-through-12th graders of all genders throughout the U.S., the yearlong fellowship brings teens together — mostly virtually right now because of COVID-19 — to learn about feminism and social change, officials said.

The fellows then use what they learn to create projects to teach their peers and advance positive change in their communities. Past participants in Kol Koleinu — which means “all our voices” — have committed to projects on a broad range of major issues, including body image, voting rights, the need for gender equality within their schools and inclusive sex education.

Read more at the Jewish Chronicle, Local teen chosen for national feminist fellowship