The North American Board is an elected group of six 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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J Street U, I’m Hearing Two Things

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My name is Debbie. I have the great honor this year to be serving as President of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement. One of my favorite things about this role is that I have the opportunity to work with the board and influence how NFTY activates thousands of Jewish teens around issues, including the many facets of Israel . We have seen this year that NFTY has to do a better job of preparing teens to enter college with a deeper understanding of Israel, Israelis and her neighbors. We have committed to pursuing this- starting with Rabbi Jacobs' promise to ensure that maps with the green line are spread across the movement.

NFTY’s Leaders Past, Present, and Future Debrief AIPAC

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The immediate past, current, and incoming NFTY Presidents all attended AIPAC. The conference allowed this cadre to debrief and vision for what the future of Israel engagement in NFTY could look like. Each NFTY President took away something from the conference with different implications for NFTY. The following are three moments that resonated in terms of our connection individually and as a movement to NFTY.

 

 

 

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Headlines from NFTY’s 75th Year

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As NFTY's 75th year comes to a close, we find our Movement at a crucial moment in time. While we honor our rich history, we also look toward our vibrant future with much anticipation, joy, and excitement. This year it has been our privilege to serve as the leaders of NFTY, and we want to share and celebrate ten important headlines from NFTY's 75th year.

NFTY-PVP: Our Promised Land

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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.

 

 

 

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Headlines from NFTY’s 75th Year

NFTY » NFTY SAVP
As NFTY's 75th year comes to a close, we find our Movement at a crucial moment in time. While we honor our rich history, we also look toward our vibrant future with much anticipation, joy, and excitement. This year it has been our privilege to serve as the leaders of NFTY, and we want to share and celebrate ten important headlines from NFTY's 75th year.

What Can You Do On This #GIVINGTUESDAY?

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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.

 

 

 

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NFTY-RCVP: Finding Family in Boise

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On Friday night, NFTY NW prayed with the local congregants and the awesome Rabbi Dan Fink. It was apparent that from the second NFTYites stepped foot into the synagogue the CABI community was rejuvenated The Jews in southwestern Idaho are, for the most part, not teenagers. During the Saturday morning service led by NW RCVP Sarah Freyd, and NW Songleader Michael Fishman, the congregation got on their feet, smiling, and seemingly refreshed. I have never seen a community as impacted and genuinely happy to see so many teenagers storming through their doors.

Headlines from NFTY’s 75th Year

NFTY » NFTY RCVP
As NFTY's 75th year comes to a close, we find our Movement at a crucial moment in time. While we honor our rich history, we also look toward our vibrant future with much anticipation, joy, and excitement. This year it has been our privilege to serve as the leaders of NFTY, and we want to share and celebrate ten important headlines from NFTY's 75th year.


 

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MVP Monday: The Final #MVPM

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Over the past 18 weeks, countless hours of writing and editing were done to provide incredible posts for MVPs around the continent to use in order to grow their TYGs, themselves, and their regions.

Headlines from NFTY’s 75th Year

NFTY » NFTY MVP
As NFTY's 75th year comes to a close, we find our Movement at a crucial moment in time. While we honor our rich history, we also look toward our vibrant future with much anticipation, joy, and excitement. This year it has been our privilege to serve as the leaders of NFTY, and we want to share and celebrate ten important headlines from NFTY's 75th year.



 

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5 Things I Saw In Israel During Elections

This past week I took an amazing family trip to Israel. We started in the north and travelled around the country for about 9 days. Our trip happened to fall on Israel’s federal elections. It was an interesting time to be in Israel, and these are a few things my family and I experienced while we were there.

Headlines from NFTY’s 75th Year

As NFTY's 75th year comes to a close, we find our Movement at a crucial moment in time. While we honor our rich history, we also look toward our vibrant future with much anticipation, joy, and excitement. This year it has been our privilege to serve as the leaders of NFTY, and we want to share and celebrate ten important headlines from NFTY's 75th year.

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