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.

Connect with Debbie

Exploring the Situation in Israel

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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 Israel. Teens our age in the IDF are waiting on bases to see where a rocket will strike next. Teens our age in Gaza are being used as shields to protect an oppressive regime. A rocket is fired. No matter who you are, […]

NFTY: The Balance of Chukat

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The following is a D’var Torah given by NFTY President Debbie Rabinovich on the first day of the summer session at the URJ Kutz Camp. This week’s parsha, Chukat, is filled with contradictions. We just stood at Sinai, completely healthy and whole, and received the Torah, which brings us life. Suddenly we are confronted by the deaths of Miriam and Aaron. Directly between these two extremes, life and death, God or the writers of the Torah decide to throw in some good old ritual law, a b’nei mitzvah student or NFTY President’s favorite treat. The ritual described is the burning […]

 

 

 

Connect with Scott

Exploring the Situation in Israel

NFTY » NFTY PVP
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 Israel. Teens our age in the IDF are waiting on bases to see where a rocket will strike next. Teens our age in Gaza are being used as shields to protect an oppressive regime. A rocket is fired. No matter who you are, […]

So, you want to run for board? Youth group election advice

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The North American Board lays out some tips, created in partnership with their successors, for running for NFTY leadership positions. Check out their tips for each board position!

 

 

 

Connect with Olivia

Exploring the Situation in Israel

NFTY » NFTY SAVP
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 Israel. Teens our age in the IDF are waiting on bases to see where a rocket will strike next. Teens our age in Gaza are being used as shields to protect an oppressive regime. A rocket is fired. No matter who you are, […]

“If You Had the Attention of the URJ President…”

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By Matt Mandel, NFTY-NAR New York City Membership Vice President 2014-2015 A few days ago I was going about a regular day during my first week at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp. It was time for chuggim, or electives, so I looked at the Expo board in the dining hall and at the top of the list was a very intriguing choice called: “If you had the attention of the URJ President…” I hurried over because, initially, I thought Rabbi Rick Jacobs was leading the chug. To my slight dismay, I only found a few camp participants and […]

 

 

 

Connect with Max

Exploring the Situation in Israel

NFTY » NFTY RCVP
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 Israel. Teens our age in the IDF are waiting on bases to see where a rocket will strike next. Teens our age in Gaza are being used as shields to protect an oppressive regime. A rocket is fired. No matter who you are, […]

“If You Had the Attention of the URJ President…”

NFTY » NFTY RCVP
By Matt Mandel, NFTY-NAR New York City Membership Vice President 2014-2015 A few days ago I was going about a regular day during my first week at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp. It was time for chuggim, or electives, so I looked at the Expo board in the dining hall and at the top of the list was a very intriguing choice called: “If you had the attention of the URJ President…” I hurried over because, initially, I thought Rabbi Rick Jacobs was leading the chug. To my slight dismay, I only found a few camp participants and […]


 

Connect with Talia

Exploring the Situation in Israel

NFTY » NFTY MCVP
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 Israel. Teens our age in the IDF are waiting on bases to see where a rocket will strike next. Teens our age in Gaza are being used as shields to protect an oppressive regime. A rocket is fired. No matter who you are, […]

Throwback Thursday: Best Moments in NFTY

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As the 2013-2014 school year comes to an end, NFTY hosted a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) event, asking participants to share their favorite moments from the year that was. Here are just a few of the photos submitted:



 

Connect with Jacob

Exploring the Situation in Israel

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 Israel. Teens our age in the IDF are waiting on bases to see where a rocket will strike next. Teens our age in Gaza are being used as shields to protect an oppressive regime. A rocket is fired. No matter who you are, […]

Throwback Thursday: Best Moments in NFTY

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to an end, NFTY hosted a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) event, asking participants to share their favorite moments from the year that was. Here are just a few of the photos submitted:

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