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Micol Zimmerman Burkeman | Director of NFTY

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Micol Zimmerman Burkeman is the Director of NFTY. Micol received her B.A. in Communication at the University of Southern California and her Masters in Jewish Education from the Rhea Hirsch School of Education at Hebrew Union College in Los Angeles. She was the recipient of the David and Shirley Toomim Foundation Scholarship and The Rabbi Mordecai and Eve Soloff Award for Excellence in Jewish Education. She has spent the last thirteen years working in Jewish education, including camp, synagogues, and most recently at The Jewish Education Project in New York, where she worked to support youth professionals and elevate the field of Jewish teen engagement.

Micol is a proud alum of NFTY, NFTY in Israel, and Greene Family Camp where she spent 10 amazing summers. Micol is thrilled to return to her roots and join the Youth Engagement team at the URJ as the new Director of NFTY.

Micol lives in Port Washington, NY with her husband Rabbi Danny Burkeman and their daughter and future NFTYite Gabriella, and is a proud member of The Community Synagogue. Micol is also very proud to be related to three incredible Reform Rabbis, her husband Danny, her brother Rabbi Brian Zimmerman, and her father Rabbi Sheldon Zimmerman.

Twitter: @MicolZB  |  Email:
mzimmerman@urj.org  |  Phone: 212-650-4070

Get to know Micol!

Where were you born?
I was born in Manhattan but grew up in a combination of Dallas, TX and Cincinnati, OH.
 
If you could trade lives with someone for a day, who would that be?
Meryl Streep. I would love to know what it's like to be Meryl Streep. Although I think I would rather hang out with her.
 
Who are your favorite sports teams?
USC Trojans and Dallas Cowboys. Like any Cowboys fan, despite the last two decades and all evidence to the contrary, I believe this year will be our year.
 
What music would we find on your iPhone?
A little bit of everything. Some Guster and Dave Matthews Band to bring me back to my high school days, a little Louis Armstrong and Ella Fitzgerald when it's cold outside, Tom Petty or anything country when I'm driving in the car, Mumford & Sons when I'm feeling contemplative and a little too cool for my own good, and The Beatles and some golden oldies for any and all occasions. And Dar Williams just because.
 
If you did not work in Jewish Education, what would you be doing?
I'd love to be a late night talk show host - look out Jimmy Fallon! Or a movie critic (which I do anyway, but no one pays me...money or attention).
 
Do you have any children?
I have a 1 year old daughter, Gabriella, who can't wait to be in NFTY! And she is very excited about all of these new friends she's about to make!
 
What is your ideal vacation spot?
Anything beachy!
 
Coffee or tea or neither?
Decaf coffee. Herbal tea for the evening.
 
What is one place in the world that you would like to visit?
I have always wanted to visit Scandinavia. Definitely a summer visit though.
 
What are your favorite foods?
French fries, Salt and Vinegar Chips, Avocados, Brussels Sprouts, and anything eggy for breakfast. Not necessarily together.
 
What is your favorite camp food?
Grilled cheese and tomato soup
 
What is your favorite camp song?
Stars in the Sky
 
What are some of your favorite books?
Someone Knows My Name, Walden, The Power of One, Tuesdays with Morrie, The Help
 
What are some of your favorite movies?
There are too many to list. A few of my faves: When Harry Met Sally, Clue, Field of Dreams, Defending Your Life, Pitch Perfect, Remember the Titans. Anything by John Hughes.
 
Favorite Figure in the Bible:
Esau. He gets a bum rap and is very misunderstood, but he is one of the most loving figures in the Torah and teaches us a lot about forgiveness.
 
Favorite Party Game:
Celebrity
 
Words to live by:
"It is something to be able to paint a particular picture, or to carve a statue, and so to make a few objects beautiful; but it is far more glorious to carve and paint the very atmosphere and medium through which we look, which morally we can do. To affect the quality of the day, that is the highest of arts." Henry David Thoreau, Walden.
 
Fun yet Strange Fact:
There are 12 generations of Rabbis in my family.
 
Useless skill:
Super-human recall for movie quotes and reigning champion of all movie games. Challengers accepted.
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