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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Kathryn Fleisher, NFTY President
Kathryn Fleisher of Temple Beth Israel in Cleveland, Ohio, is the 2016-17 NFTY President. Kathryn was previously president of NFTY’s Northeast Lakes Region (NEL) and has served for three years on her temple youth group board. From beginning her NFTY journey while in 8th grade, to becoming active in social justice work through her temple, Kathryn has always found a home within the Jewish community. Kathryn is also a proud alumna of many URJ programs, having attended the URJ Kutz Camp, the URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI), and the URJ Biennial 2015. Deeply invested in assuring that the Reform Movement is accessible to all, Kathryn states, “It is vital that we fully commit ourselves to alleviating the barriers prohibiting Jewish teens from joining our kehillah kedosha; when we strengthen our inclusive communities, we strengthen the Jewish people.”

Jordan Iserson, NFTY Programming Vice President

Jordan Iserson of Temple B’rith Kodesh in Rochester, NY, is Programming Vice President. Jordan is a rising freshman at the University of Pittsburgh and an alum of NFTY's Northeast Lakes Region (NEL), where he was a regional cabinet member for two years. In addition, Jordan has served on the board of his Temple Youth Group, BRiKTY, and has attended the URJ Kutz Camp and the Religious Action Center’s Social Justice Seminar, L’taken. “I believe that perception is one of the most important tools you can have,” Jordan says. “The key to success in any discipline is to broaden your way of thinking and to acquire as many unique perspectives as possible. In terms of programming, this will result in high­quality content and deeply engaged participants.”

Shelby Shoup, NFTY Social Action Vice President

Shelby Shoup of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, FL, is the Social Action Vice President. Shelby was previously the Social Action Vice President of NFTY’s Southern Tropical Region (STR) and is a proud alumna of URJ Camp Coleman and the URJ Kutz Camp. “I believe that in order to pursue tikkun olam, we must wrestle with the paradox of the power of one versus people power,” said Shelby. “One person can spark the change, but a movement of people must follow through with a commitment to act.”


 

Matthew Sampson, NFTY Religious and Cultural Vice President
Matthew Sampson of Temple Anshe Sholom, Hamilton, Ontario, Canada, is Religious & Cultural Vice President. Matt previously served as Religious as Cultural Vice President for NFTY Northeast Lakes Region (NEL). Matt is an alum of URJ Kutz Camp and enjoys planning and leading creative services. This year, he is focusing on helping NFTYites find their own Jewish identities. “By providing programs that exemplify alternate Judaic experiences, we are providing the opportunity to help NFTYites discover their Jewish identities.” Matt states. “We must figure out what makes you feel Jewish vs. what makes me feel Jewish. If we can understand this difference, we can turn it into a resource in and of itself.”

 

Andrew Oestreicher, NFTY Membership Vice President

Andrew Oestreicher of Temple Beth Zion in Buffalo, NY is the Membership Vice President. Andrew was the regional Membership Vice President of NFTY's Northeast lakes Region (­NEL) and previously served as his TYG’s MVP. Andrew began his NFTY journey in 8th grade, and Judaism has always had a prominent role in his life from pre­school at the JCC to seven years of overnight camp, including a summer at URJ Kutz Camp. Throughout his involvement he has participated in various programs including NFTY Convention, URJ Biennial, and Jewish Civics Initiative. Andrew is a strong proponent of bridging the gaps of engagement within NFTY stating, “we must to strive to create an enjoyable experience for new members by offering a familiar experience, gradual transitions, and formal introductions; we must also continue to impact the lives of those engaged by offering opportunities for continued engagement”.

Deni Budman, NFTY Communications Vice President

Deni Budman of Ohef Sholom Temple in Norfolk, Virginia, is the 2016-17 Communications Vice President. Deni recently completed her second term as Communications Vice President of NFTY’s Mid­ Atlantic Region (MAR) and is a proud three­time alumna of the URJ Kutz Camp. She attended the URJ Biennial in 2015 and has been an active member of her Temple Youth Group since 8th grade. Deni believes in the power of memories and commitment, saying, “memories are captured over time and shared across North America. I believe in intention and the passion of NFTY’s leaders to push our movement forward and make our voices and experiences heard around the world.”

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New Opportunity for Teens: Israel Engagement Committee

NFTY President – NFTY
The 2016 race for the United States Presidency has been unlike any other in recent memory. From reproductive rights to minimum wage to the Keystone Pipeline, candidates are taking divisive stances on a wide range of topics. As seen through NFTY's Voice Your Choice Campaign, it is essential for us to be engaged and informed on the issues that are important to ourselves and our Jewish communities. One such issue that directly impacts the American Jewish population is the relationship between Israel and the United States.

Why Voicing Your Choice Matters: NFTY’s Response to the 2016 US Presidential Election

NFTY President – NFTY
As you may have seen in your American Government textbooks, democracy is a “government by the people, both directly or indirectly, with free and frequent elections.” Therefore, democracies only function when the citizens of democratic nations become educated and involved in their political processes. Political involvement is typically thought of as casting a ballot at the polls, but in actuality, voting is only the tip of the iceberg.



Connect with Jordan

New Opportunity for Teens: Israel Engagement Committee

NFTY PVP – NFTY
The 2016 race for the United States Presidency has been unlike any other in recent memory. From reproductive rights to minimum wage to the Keystone Pipeline, candidates are taking divisive stances on a wide range of topics. As seen through NFTY's Voice Your Choice Campaign, it is essential for us to be engaged and informed on the issues that are important to ourselves and our Jewish communities. One such issue that directly impacts the American Jewish population is the relationship between Israel and the United States.

How NFTY and the Olympics Inspired Each Other to Take Action in the Refugee Crisis

NFTY PVP – NFTY
In an action reminiscent of the unity shown during the Summer Olympics, refugee resettlement will be addressed by Jewish teens all over the world – and NFTY is following suit. At this year’s NFTY Mechina, it was decided that refugee resettlement will be the subject of the NFTY Study Theme for the upcoming year.

 


Connect with Shelby

Why Voicing Your Choice Matters: NFTY’s Response to the 2016 US Presidential Election

NFTY SAVP – NFTY
As you may have seen in your American Government textbooks, democracy is a “government by the people, both directly or indirectly, with free and frequent elections.” Therefore, democracies only function when the citizens of democratic nations become educated and involved in their political processes. Political involvement is typically thought of as casting a ballot at the polls, but in actuality, voting is only the tip of the iceberg.

NFTY – Fighting for Racial Justice

NFTY SAVP – NFTY
Throughout the past week, our country has been devastated by violence. Together, with the communities of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. As we remember the lives that were lost, we also struggle to comprehend how we have allowed institutional and systemic racism to persist in our country. The tragic violence of the past week serves as a reminder that we must recommit ourselves to fighting for racial justice in the United States.

 

Connect with Matthew

NFTY – Fighting for Racial Justice

NFTY RCVP – NFTY
Throughout the past week, our country has been devastated by violence. Together, with the communities of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. As we remember the lives that were lost, we also struggle to comprehend how we have allowed institutional and systemic racism to persist in our country. The tragic violence of the past week serves as a reminder that we must recommit ourselves to fighting for racial justice in the United States.

A Stronger, Vibrant Future for NFTY

NFTY RCVP – NFTY
During President’s Day weekend, more than 150 teens from all 19 NFTY regions and 40 staff gathered at the URJ Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) to take part in our NFTY Veida. Traditionally, Veida has been a weekend solely focused on the business aspects of NFTY, including Asefah to introduce resolutions and hear reports and elections for the NFTY North American Board.


 

Connect with Andrew

NFTY – Fighting for Racial Justice

NFTY MVP – NFTY
Throughout the past week, our country has been devastated by violence. Together, with the communities of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. As we remember the lives that were lost, we also struggle to comprehend how we have allowed institutional and systemic racism to persist in our country. The tragic violence of the past week serves as a reminder that we must recommit ourselves to fighting for racial justice in the United States.

A Stronger, Vibrant Future for NFTY

NFTY MVP – NFTY
During President’s Day weekend, more than 150 teens from all 19 NFTY regions and 40 staff gathered at the URJ Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) to take part in our NFTY Veida. Traditionally, Veida has been a weekend solely focused on the business aspects of NFTY, including Asefah to introduce resolutions and hear reports and elections for the NFTY North American Board.




 

 

 

Connect with Deni

Why Voicing Your Choice Matters: NFTY’s Response to the 2016 US Presidential Election

As you may have seen in your American Government textbooks, democracy is a “government by the people, both directly or indirectly, with free and frequent elections.” Therefore, democracies only function when the citizens of democratic nations become educated and involved in their political processes. Political involvement is typically thought of as casting a ballot at the polls, but in actuality, voting is only the tip of the iceberg.

NFTY – Fighting for Racial Justice

Throughout the past week, our country has been devastated by violence. Together, with the communities of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. As we remember the lives that were lost, we also struggle to comprehend how we have allowed institutional and systemic racism to persist in our country. The tragic violence of the past week serves as a reminder that we must recommit ourselves to fighting for racial justice in the United States.

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