Every year prior NFTY-NW Spring Kallah, we hold our Regional Board elections at our Asefah. The Spring Asefah includes Elections where will have the opportunity to help elect next year’s board. We are proud to present the dedicated, brave, and capable NFTYites who are running for 2019-2020 NFTY-NW regional board. Each candidate has been asked to submit a letter of intent and answer a few questions about their candidacy, which you can read below.
Candidates for President
Hi NFTY-Northwest! A little bit about me: I play the bagpipes, run cross-country & track, and am a dedicated student. These past two years, I have served on NFTY-Northwest’s regional board as CVP and MVP. I learned about the inner workings of NFTY and the work that goes into planning events. Regional board has helped me to discover my true passion for NFTY–the community. Being from idaho, I’ve experienced our community from a different point of view; the distance between Seattle and Boise has cultivated a unique Jewish identity among Boise’s teens, and I love sharing this vibe with our greater regional community.
Bryce Harnick is currently finishing up his Junior year at The Overlake School and his term as the NFTY-NW Programming Vice President. He is looking forward to his senior year both at school and in NFTY. While he is sad it will be his last, he plans to make it the best one yet. Outside of NFTY, Bryce spends his time in the theater as a lighting designer and also at his synagogue, Temple B’nai Torah. He loves to chat with people and get to know them, so don’t be afraid to start up a conversation if you see him!
Candidates for Programming Vice President
Hi, NFTY NW! I’m Evan Lorant, a junior at St. George’s School in Vancouver, Canada. Having served as President and PVP of MARVY, I understand what it takes to be your next PVP. I’ve already shown you a program at Winter Kallah, but this summer, I wrote and led two programs at the URJ Kutz Camp. If you find me in my daily life, I’ll either be watching The Way He Looks or The Good Place, reading What If It’s Us, or lip-syncing in my bedroom. I’m so excited to see you all at Spring Kallah!
Candidates for Social Action Vice President
Hey NFTY! My name is Danielle Topaz and I am a Junior at Redmond high school and do the running start program at Bellevue college. In my free time I am a nanny to adorable 5 and 7 year olds, competitively thrift shop, and hang out with my friends. For my second term I would like to encourage a theme of inclusivity. I plan to make housing more inclusive, programs more universal, and reinvent Social Action programming. My term this year was life changing and I would love to be given the opportunity to do it again. Love ya NW!
Candidates for Religious and Cultural Vice President
Hi NFTY NW! I am currently a junior at Garfield High School, where my passions lie in STEM. I have been a board member at KHTY for the past 4 years, and I am currently the president. Outside of school and NFTY, I play alto sax in Garfield’s jazz band, run cross country, and am a board member at Global Visionaries-a Seattle based nonprofit. My hobbies include photography, hiking, kayaking, and swimming. I’m super excited to get to know NFTY better and to get the opportunity to run for a leadership position!
Candidates for Membership Vice President
Hey NFTY! I’m Julia Lotzkar and I am a junior at Lake Washington high school, currently I am spending the semester in Israel at the Alexander Muss High School in Israel. When in Seattle, you can find me playing volleyball, lifeguarding, or at TDHS. I am currently TDSY president and served as MVP last year. I have learned a lot through TDSY board, and my experiences will help me on the regional level. If elected, I want to use strategies I have created to enhance recruitment, retainment, and relationships in NFTY. I am excited to share my ideas with NW!
Candidates for Communications Vice President
Hi NFTY-NW! My name is Gabe Levy! I am a 16 year old sophomore in Lake Oswego High School just outside of Portland, Oregon. Even though I have only lived in the northwest for one year, I have still fallen in love with the region and would love to give back to my community! I am currently the CVP of PARTY in Portland, and have loved the job. I am an avid sports fan and a die hard Yankees fan. I love to ski and am always looking for new ski buddies so if you’re in the area, be sure to reach out to me! I try to be as open and forward as possible, so if you have any questions, feel free to ask!
Hey NFTY NW! My name is Samantha Ullrich and I am ecstatic to be running as your next CVP! I’ve spent summers at URJ Camp Kalsman since I was 10, and have been active in the NFTY NW community since eighth grade. I’m a junior from BC that loves reading, writing, photography, and online Scrabble. At school, I’m on Student Council, president of Writing Club, co-founder of tutor club, and I work as a teacher’s assistant at the Surrey JCC. Being CVP would be the ideal opportunity to further engross myself in this inclusive community I hold so dear.
Candidates for Financial Vice President
Hey NFTY-NW! I’m Gabrielle Kadish and I’m running to be the Financial Vice President (FVP) for the 5779-5780 NFTY year. I’m currently a junior at Skyline High School and the current NFTY-NW FVP. In addition to school and NFTY, I consistently volunteer at The Friendship Circle and am on the leadership board for that organization. I love the Pacific Northwest, salads, dogs, sweatshirts and anything fun colored. It would be an honor to serve as the 5779-5780 NFTY-NW FVP – I’d love to show you all what else I can do.