By Beth Avner, NFTY Director of Education and Special Projects
Friends of NFTY,
On behalf of the NFTY Board and staff, we are delighted to share highlights from NFTY’s recent mid-year board meeting (NFTY Veida) at Henry S Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS. Additional information will be posted online at www.nfty.org later this week.
Constitutional Selection of NFTY Study Theme and Action Theme for 5772-5773 Academic Year
- NFTY Study Theme – Hashomer Achi Anochi – Am I My Brother’s Keeper? NFTY Studies Our Responsibilities Toward Others
- NFTY Action Theme – R’Fuat Hanefesh – Caring for the Soul: NFTY Addresses Mental Health
Additional pieces of new business adopted include:
- Recommendation that each NFTY Region Create a Special Needs Inclusion Task Force
- Recommendation for Reducing NFTY’s Use of Polystyrene Foam
- Resolution to make NFTY Mitzvah Day an Annual Occurrence
- Resolution to Amend the Preamble to the NFTY Constitution changing the principle of Kol Yehudim – Pluralism to Kol Yoshvei Tevel – Acceptance
And finally, it is with great pleasure that we announce the 2012-2013 NFTY North American Board.
- Their terms will formally begin on June 23, when they are installed at Mechina, which will take place at the URJ Kutz Camp, June 20-24, 2012.
Evan Traylor, President
Evan is the current president of NFTY’s Texas-Oklahoma Region (TOR) and a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Oklahoma City, OK. Evan served NFTY-TOR last year as the Membership Vice President and is an alum of the URJ Greene Family camp and NFTY in Israel’s L’Dor VaDor Trip to Prague, Poland and Israel. Recently, Evan spoke at the URJ Biennial in Washington DC as a teen representative of the Campaign for Youth Engagement. Evan is the son of Ann Baumgarten and Eddie Traylor.
Jordan Rodnizki, Programming Vice President
Jordan is the current Programming Vice President of NFTY’s Southern Tropical Region (STR) and a member of Temple B’nai Israel in Clearwater, FL. Jordan spent the summer of 2011 at the URJ’s Kutz Camp as a member of the Regional Board Leadership Track and has been a student leader at Camp Jenny, NFTY SAR and STR’s annual four-day camp for elementary school students from inner-city Atlanta. Jordan is the son of Irene and Jorge Rodnizki.
Joy Nemerson, Social Action Vice President
Joy is currently serving as regional Social Action Vice President of NFTY’s Northeast Region (NE) and is a member of Congregation Mishkan Israel in Hamden, CT. Joy has spent summers at both URJ Eisner and URJ Crane Lake Camps. She has also participated in Camp Chazak, Eisner and Crane Lake’s camp experience for teens whose special needs prevent them from attending a typical camp environment. Joy is the daughter of Marian Chertow and Matthew Nemerson.
Jacob Georginow, Religious & Cultural Vice President
Jacob is currently serving his second term as the Religious and Cultural Vice President of NFTY’s Southern Tropical Region (STR). He is a member of Temple Beth Torah in Wellington, FL. Jacob spent the summer of 2009 at the URJ Kutz Camp and attended again in 2010, participating in the Regional Board Leadership Track. Jacob most recently served on staff at Henry S Jacobs Camp in the summer of 2011. Jacob was also a member on the inaugural meeting of the Coalition for Jewish Teen Leaders which included representatives of NFTY, BBYO and Young Judaea. Jacob is the son of Linda and Dimitri Georginow.
Marlee Ribnick, Membership & Communications Vice President
Marlee is the Communication Vice President of NFTY’s Northern Region (NO). She is a member of Temple Israel in Minneapolis, MN. Marlee is an alumna of the Regional Board Leadership Track at the Kutz Camp in 2011 as well as a former participant on NFTY in Israel’s L’Dor VaDor trip in the summer of 2010. Marlee is the daughter of Marni and Daniel Ribnick.