The North American Board is an elected group of five leaders in NFTY. There are six positions; President, Programming Vice President, Religious and Cultural Vice President, Social Action Vice President, Membership Vice President, and Communications Vice President. The positions are generally held by incoming university Freshman who extend their NFTY tenure as North American leaders. Being a NFTY North American Board member is an incredible honor that comes with many responsibilities and duties, mainly as the head of their respective Networks. As a unit, the Board works to both maintain and progress the movement from generation to generation.

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Debbie Rabinovich, NFTY President
Debbie Rabinovich is thrilled to be the newly elected NFTY President! She was born and raised in the great state of North Carolina, where she is a member of Temple Beth El in Charlotte. Debbie has been involved with NFTY since she joined her TYG, LIBERTY, in eighth grade and her love for this movement has continued to grow since then. She has served on her TYG board and on the NFTY-SAR regional board, and is also an alum of the URJ Kutz Camp. She will be taking a gap year to serve as president, after which she will attend the University of Pennsylvania. She is a fan of hiking, gaga (the sport, not the lady), and Peruvian food.



 
Scott Rubenstein, NFTY Programming Vice President

Scott is the excited to serve as Programming Vice President of the NFTY North American Board. He is the former Religious and Cultural Vice President of NFTY’s Southwest Region (SW) and a member of Temple Chai in Phoenix, Arizona. Scott also served on the TYG of the Temple Chai, the Jewish Community Foundation of Greater Phoenix Grants Committee and the Youth Philanthropy Board. He is a proud two-time alum of the URJ Kutz Kamp, where he was a fellow and served on the Kutz Council. Scott has also participated in L’taken, JSU Arizona, and attended Camp Hess Kramer. Along with NFTY, Scott loves popcorn, Jewish Geography, comedy and list making.

 
Olivia Kessler, NFTY Social Action Vice President
Olivia Kessler is thrilled to serve as the NFTY Social Action Vice President. This past year she served as the regional SAVP of NFTY's Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR). Olivia is originally from Washington, DC, and belongs to Temple Micah. Olivia is a proud alumna of the URJ Kutz Camp’s Regional Board Major, Mitzvah Corps, and NFTY in Israel’s Adventure program. This spring, she will serve as an intern with the Religious Action Center in Washington D.C. Olivia will be attending Dickinson College in the fall where she plans on studying Political Science and Middle East Studies. Olivia enjoys playing volleyball, traveling, drinking diet coke, star-gazing, and singing her heart out at song sessions.

 
Max Spivak, NFTY Religious and Cultural Vice President

Max is honored to be the next Religious and Cultural Vice President of the North American Board. He is the former Religious and Cultural Vice President of NFTY’s Sothern California Region (SoCAL). He is a member of Temple Beth Shir Shalom, Santa Monica, California. Max participated in URJ Biennial and L’taken and the L’dor V’dor NFTY in Israel program. Max has a deeply rooted love for Israel, his Argentine background, and can entertain many with his surprising rapping skills.

 

 

Talia Capozzoli, NFTY Membership Vice President

Talia Capozzoli is excited to serve as the new NFTY Membership Vice President! She hails from the wonderful region of NFTY-SAR, where she was an active member for four years. Before serving as the NFTY-SAR MVP, she was the President of her youth group, CDTTY of Congregation Dor Tamid in Atlanta, Georgia. She is also a 2 time Kutz alum, participating in both the TYG Leadership and Regional Board leadership track. In her spare time, you can find Talia drinking tea while listening to either Beyoncé or the Frozen soundtrack.


 

Jacob Maier, NFTY Communications Vice President

Jacob Maier is honored to serve as the next Communications Vice President of the NFTY North American Board. He is a member of Central Reform Congregation of Chesterfield, Missouri where he served as the President of his TYG for the past two years. He is an alum of the URJ Kutz Camp and currently serves as the Regional Kutz Representative NFTY’s Missouri Valley Region (MV). He loves soccer, taking pictures, and tweeting.

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NFTY-President: What Can Legislation Do For Us?

NFTY » NFTY President
Open any newspaper. Immigration is a “crisis” that is nowhere near being resolved. We see other crises boiling at home and abroad, from Ferguson to Damascus to Jerusalem to Gaza. If we use the connections we have to multiply our influence, we will become what we always say we are. We will be a movement.

Exploring the Situation in Israel

NFTY » NFTY President
Is your Facebook feed full of mixed facts and opinions on the situation in Israel and Gaza, and you’re not really sure what to think? Take a look at the last week’s Webinar and Q and A session discussing the situation:       A rocket is fired. You have 15 seconds to find shelter. This is the reality right now in Ashkelon, in Ashdod, in Be’er Sheva, Jerusalem, Hebron, Shaar HaNegev. This has been the reality for the last 8 days in Tel Aviv, in Modi’in, and in Gaza City. This is the reality for our brothers and sisters in […]

 

 

 

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NFTY-PVP: Our Promised Land

NFTY » NFTY PVP
This new year is our Promised Land; it is a brand new beginning, and a year full of promise. This Yom Kippur, don’t just say sorry, reflect on your year as a whole and prepare for a promising land ahead in 5775. Let’s make this a year that we’ll be proud of. Let’s make this a year in which we will be inscribed in the Book of Life.

NFTY-PVP: Visiting My Home Region

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It was such a pleasure to be back in NFTY-Southwest to see their LTI in action! I am so proud of the region’s willingness to be inclusive, their desire to lead, and their love of NFTY. Thank you for welcoming me back with open arms, NFTY-Southwest!

 

 

 

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What Can You Do On This #GIVINGTUESDAY?

NFTY » NFTY SAVP
We have Black Friday, and Cyber Monday. This year, I challenge you to think about Giving Tuesday, an international day of giving. On Tuesday, December 2, 2014, families, communities, and NFTYites around the world will come together for one common purpose: to celebrate generosity and to give. As the NFTY-SW SAVP, here are some suggestions of what to on Tuesday.

NFTY-SAVP: Thank You NFTY-SAR

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First and foremost, thank you for showing me some true southern hospitality. I had a truly special weekend attending your Fall Kallah at Congregation Dor Tamid in Duluth, Georgia. Not only did I have the honor of going to the NFTY event, I had the amazing opportunity to learn and visit the school that Camp Jenny partners with.

 

 

 

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NFTY-PAR: As Jews We Hold On To Hope

NFTY » NFTY RCVP
Hope can get complicated in our modern world. What are we supposed to hope for? Hope for peace in the Middle East? Hope to get an A on our math test? Hope that this D’var is over soon? I can’t answer those questions for you. We all hope for different things. What I do hope is that we can all strive to follow the Golden Rule “do not unto others as you would have them do unto you”. No matter what types of people we encounter, it is our purpose as Jews to hold onto hope for a better world and mutual understanding among all people.

#ThrowbackThursday: NEL, NAR, NE, NW, SO, OV, PAR, SAR Fall!

NFTY » NFTY RCVP
Eight, count 'em, EIGHT NFTY regions celebrated fall events this weekend, the most so far in one weekend this year! You will not want to miss out on the fun!


 

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MVP Monday: Lead From Your Seat

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I want to encourage everyone to be that leader from their seat. In most cases, the best leaders are the people who actively engage in the programs, who bring forth new ideas, and who show that they truly care about the organization. Titles don’t matter; what really counts is that you show your passion and love for NFTY. Do that, and people will notice. They will turn their heads towards you when a leader is needed because a title does not define a leader, a leader defines a leader.

MVP Monday: How to Publicize Your Event

NFTY » NFTY MVP
Bringing together creative and innovative publicizing tactics from NFTY-GER and NE provided us with a large amount of information and many different options to share with you. We invite you to communicate with one another to share useful and effective advertising techniques to help our regions have fun while also encouraging people to sign up for events. Networking with one another as well as partnering with your advisors is the best way to get the creativity flowing! Now that you’ve got the tools, go out and publicize!



 

Connect with Jacob

Exploring the Situation in Israel

Is your Facebook feed full of mixed facts and opinions on the situation in Israel and Gaza, and you’re not really sure what to think? Take a look at the last week’s Webinar and Q and A session discussing the situation:       A rocket is fired. You have 15 seconds to find shelter. This is the reality right now in Ashkelon, in Ashdod, in Be’er Sheva, Jerusalem, Hebron, Shaar HaNegev. This has been the reality for the last 8 days in Tel Aviv, in Modi’in, and in Gaza City. This is the reality for our brothers and sisters in […]

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