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

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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

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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.

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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NFTY-SAVP: Sports Teams take up Social Action

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Each major sports league has charities and foundations that they have either created or are heavily involved with. Each team of that league has their own initiatives. Many players on those teams take part in charitable work, as well. Two common threads of these leagues, teams, and players is their involvement with 1) the youth and 2) healthcare.

NFTY-PAR: Operation Inclusion

NFTY » NFTY SAVP
During Summer Leadership Kallah, participants were able to sign up for two sessions of board workshops. Workshops varied from teaching about how to turn something negative in your life to a poistive to evaluating what body language means to teaching the value and importance of clear communication. My workshop was about one of the three North American campaigns NFTY is focusing on in the upcoming year. These campaigns include discussing LGBTQIA rights, taking a stand on gun violence, and, NFTY’s guide to inclusion.

 

 

 

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NFTY-RCVP: A Reflection and a Thank-You to NFTY Northeast

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The event was wonderful. The board did a great job, I loved being able to meet the participants, whether it was one new songleader from a recently disengaged youth group, AISH, the two boys from Concord, NH, or the well-known Presidents of larger TYGs. NFTY Northeast’s LTI was a few hours packed with enough kavannah, neshama, and ahava to last months.

Exploring the Situation in Israel

NFTY » NFTY RCVP
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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MVP Monday – To Infinity and Beyond: A Final Word

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With the wrap-up of the TYG Starter Guide, the basics of membership have been covered. You, as the Membership Vice President, will now be able to take all of this knowledge back to your home region, your TYG, or your community to form and grow leadership higher than it’s ever been before.

NFTY-MVP: C-Dubb Smash Hit!

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CWR, I want to thank you for welcoming your home to me and making me feel like I’ve been a member there for years. I enjoyed every bit of the weekend, from the cool, camp air to the glow in the dark dodge-ball game Saturday night. What an amazing kick-off event, and I can’t wait to see you all at NFTY Convention 2015!



 

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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