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Meet the NFTY-NW Regional Board Candidates 2020-2021/5781

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 2020-2021 NFTY-NW regional board. Each candidate has been asked to submit a letter of intent where they answer a few questions about their candidacy, which you can read below. If you would like to participate in this year’s elections, register to attend the online event here.

Candidates for President

Gabe Levy

Gabe Levy will be a senior at Lake Oswego High School, outside of Portland, Oregon in the upcoming year. Over his time living in Portland, Gabe has fallen in love with NFTY on both a regional and international stage. Serving currently as NFTY-NW CVP, Gabe has gone to many conferences and events, seeking ideas to improve the region. He plans on using what he has learned to lead NFTY-NW into a prosperous year as president.

What is your favorite type of weather?
Sun after snowstorms. When the rays can bounce off the fresh powder, it seems to invite warmth into my heart,

What is your favorite “Would You Rather” question?Would you rather only be able to see or only able to hear? I think that this question is incredibly interesting and shows what people value

Read Gabe’s Letter of Intent

Watch Gabe’s Speech

Candidates for Programming Vice President

Eden Geisser

My name is Eden and I’m currently a junior at Issaquah high school. I have been on BTY board as the PVP for the past two years. As well as being on the leadership board for an organization I volunteer for called Friendship Circle and a teen philanthropy organization called GIFT (Giving Initiative For Teens). Outside of school, I enjoy skiing, hiking, dancing and many other activities. I would love to improve our NFTY region!

What is your favorite type of weather?
My favorite type of weather is rain because I love being outside and love seeing the cool water droplets on trees and things

What is your favorite “Would You Rather” question?
My favorite would you rather question is​ would you rather only be able to use a fork or only be able to use a spoon?

Read Eden’s Letter of Intent

Watch Eden’s Speech

Jordyn Hirsch

Hey NFTY-NW! I’m Jordyn Hirsch (she/her) and I’m running to be the Programming Vice President for the upcoming NFTY year. I am currently a sophomore at Issaquah High School on the eastside of Seattle. In my free time, I love taking pictures, going to concerts, and hanging out with my friends. Over the last two years, I have served as Freshman Rep and PVP/Youth Programs Intern for TDSY. Additionally, I was given the opportunity to run my very own program this year at Winter Kallah. I would be honored to serve as your next NFTY-NW PVP! I can’t wait to see what next year will bring. See you all soon!

What is your favorite type of weather?
Blue skies and sunshine, ideally on a tropical beach!

What item would you be on a salad bar?
Bell peppers, they add color and zest!

Read Jordyn’s Letter of Intent

Watch Jordyn’s Speech

Candidates for Social Action Vice President

Rifka Krulewitch

Hey NFTY-NW! My name is Rifka Krulewitch (she/her), a junior at Northwest Yeshiva High School on Mercer Island, WA. Having served as a CVP and President for my TYG, along with having the opportunity this year to serve as a Social Justice Chair on Regional Cabinet, I understand what the NFTY-NW community needs in its leaders, and I believe I have the qualifications and passion to do just that. Couple things about: I’m a passionate vegetarian, I love hiking, camping, all arts & crafts, and binging anything on Netflix. I’m always up for hanging with friends and having a good time. Oh and I LOVE camp!!

What is your favorite type of weather?

What is your superpower?
Reading minds

What item would you be on a salad bar?
Croutons because everyone likes them

What is your favorite “Would You Rather” question?
Would you rather be rich & alone forever or poor and happy forever?

Read Rifka’s Letter of Intent

Watch Rifka’s Speech

Grace Leibowitz

Hey NFTY!! My name is Grace Leibowitz (she/her), and I am currently a sophomore at Liberty high school. In my free time, I love hanging out with my friends, volunteering at Friendship Circle, raising money for Relay for Life and adding to my chapstick collection. This year, I have been a Social Justice Chair for NFTY-NW, and I also was the Social Justice Intern/SAVP for TDSY. I’ve learned a lot from both these positions, and I think that my experiences from both will really help me on a regional level. I love the NFTY-NW community so much, and it would be an honor to serve as your next SAVP.                                              

What is your favorite type of weather?
The perfect weather to me is when it’s the beginning of spring in Washington. It’s just so perfect to me when the sky is clear, the cherry blossoms are blooming, but it’s still cold outside. All of this change with the new flowers popping up is the perfect beginning to a new season. 

What is your superpower?
You will never catch me without a chapstick in hand. That’s why my superpower is the ability of saving people (including myself) from having chapped lips. I always am carrying at least 2 chapsticks/lip balms on me, so in case of a dire chapped lips emergency, I am always there to save the day.  

Read Grace’s Letter of Intent

Watch Grace’s Speech

Candidates for Religious and Cultural Vice President

Eli Pollack

Hey NFTY NW! I’m Eli (he/him) and I am a junior at Garfield high school in Seattle. From spending summers at camp Kalsman to working as a songleader for the past two years, I’ve always been a part of the Jewish community. And that has continued recently from my time in Israel and at NFTY this year. Outside of NFTY and temple I love to spend time outdoors going backpacking, skiing, and camping especially in my scouts BSA troop where I am currently the senior patrol leader. I run cross country as well as track, and swim on the Garfield swim team. I’m really excited to experience more with NFTY and to have this amazing opportunity of running for a leadership position!

What is your favorite type of weather?
Actually, I don’t have a favorite type of weather. Now of course sunny skies are better than rainy days, and snowflakes are better than shapeless slush, but without the bad weather we would never appreciate the good weather. Having a variety of weather makes all the different types more interesting because if it was only one kind all the time, it would get boring real quick.

What item would you be on a salad bar?
Back in preschool, I was always proud of my early belief in the “tomatoes are fruits” theory, because I adopted it well before most of my classmates did. In fact, most of them thought that tomatoes were vegetables. So I would be a tomato because of our long history and because I have always liked them.

Read Eli’s Letter of Intent

Watch Eli’s Speech

Candidates for Membership Vice President

Sarah-Eve Gazitt

Hi, I’m Sarah-Eve Gazitt! My Jewish community is extremely important to me. Attending NFTY events, Camp Kalsman, teaching Sunday school, and most recently doing a semester abroad in Israel are all ways that I’ve strengthened my Jewish identity. I also love being creative—I’m a dancer and one of my passions is writing; I aspire to be a travel journalist. I make the best out of any situation and will always brighten your day!

Read Sarah-Eve’s Letter of Intent

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Noam Hashash

Hi NFTY-Northwest. I’m Noam Hashash and I want to be your next Membership Vice President. For the past two years I have served on KATY’s board as Financial Vice President. I enjoy cooking, music, and playing with my two kittens. I go to Hazen High School in Renton, Washington. I have been a part of this community my whole life and I hope to be able to use those connections to connect with current, and potential members through the position of MVP!

What is your favorite type of weather?

My favorite weather is 40 degrees out, but an absolutely clear sky with a lot of sun

What item would you be on a salad bar?

I would be thousand island dressing because I might try to be fancy, but I’m just mayo and ketchup.

Read Noam’s Letter of Intent

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Alondra Lanham

I am Allie Lanham (she/her), and I like art, music, and sports.  I am currently a sophomore at Shorecrest High School. I am also currently one of the Membership Vice Presidents for my TYG (Temple De Hirsch Sinai).  I love spending time with friends, playing soccer, and practicing guitar.

What is your favorite type of weather? 
My favorite type of weather is sunny, with a couple of white clouds in the sky.

What item would you be on a salad bar? 
I would be the croutons because I love snacking on them!

Read Allie’s Letter of Intent

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Lyn Strober-Cohen

Hi NFTY-NW! My name is Lyn Strober-Cohen, I use they/them pronouns and I’m a sophomore at Nova High School in Seattle. I have gotten to travel to two inspiring events through NFTY national which were Convention 2019 and Veida 2020. On top of that, I have gotten to write a variety of diverse programs within my TYG and NFTY NW. I am so excited to show what I have learned through NFTY on a regional level!

What is your favorite type of weather? 
My favorite type of weather is when it is sunny and there are no clouds in the sky and it is 80 degrees.

What is you superpower?
My superpower is that I can talk to anyone even if I don’t know them.

Read Lyn’s Letter of Intent

Watch Lyn’s Speech

Candidates for Communications Vice President

Carolyn Goertzel

Hi! I’m Cary Goertzel (she/her) and I am so excited to run this year for NFTY-NW CVP. I am a junior at Eastside Prep in Kirkland. I like to read, write, be with my friends, sing and do theater. Currently, I am on TDSY board as FVP but working with Gabe as regional photographer, I’ve realized that I really love the CVP job. I’ve been going to NFTY events since my freshman Kickoff and have had such a blast, so I’m running to continue making NFTY fun for all!

What is your favorite type of weather?
My favorite type of weather is sunny but scattered clouds and a light breeze.

What is your favorite “Would You Rather” question?
Pancakes or Waffles? My answer: Waffles

Read Cary’s Letter of Intent

Watch Cary’s Speech

Jake Harper

Hey NFTY! I’m Jake Harper (he/him), I attend Skyline High School, and I LOVE marketing! Through participating in DECA and TDSY, I’m able to express my true passion for the whole process, from design to online. As the CVP at TDSY, I have worked to disrupt expectations by using professional-level tools to create immersive videos and content, and I hope to have the opportunity to do the same for NFTY-NW. I feel I can bring a unique perspective to the table, and I can’t wait to share my ideas!

What is your favorite type of weather?
My favorite type of weather is those days when it’s sunny out but still cold enough to wear a sweatshirt.

What is your favorite “Would You Rather” question?
Would you rather skip summer or skip winter?

Read Jake’s Letter of Intent

Watch Jake’s Speech

Candidates for Financial Vice President

Brooke Gerber-Perham

Hey NFTY-NW! I’m Brooke Gerber-Perham (she/her) and I’m currently a junior at Franklin High School in Seattle. I am your current Regional Shuk Manager and I’m incredibly excited to be running as your next Financial Vice President! Besides NFTY, I love playing with my dogs, hanging out with friends, traveling, and playing volleyball. I’ve been involved with NFTY since fall of my sophomore year and it’s my favorite place in the world. You can always catch me binge-watching reality TV, making friendship bracelets, or buying more hoodies that I don’t need.

What is your favorite type of weather?
Super sunny and really hot

What item would you be on a salad bar?
Definitely avocado

Read Brooke’s Letter of Intent

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Rebecca Metzgar

Howdy! My name is Becca Metzgar (she/her) and for the past two years I’ve been on the CABIT Idaho board, first as MVP and this year as President. I enjoy painting, playing guitar, and jammin’ to funky tunes.

What is your favorite type of weather?
I love hot summer weather to enjoy Idaho’s rivers, lakes, and trails.

What item would you be on a salad bar?
I would be hard boiled eggs, because I go well with many different flavor combinations.

Read Becca’s Letter of Intent

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Sydney Spiegel

Hi NFTY Northwest! I’m Sydney Spiegel (she/her) and I’m running to be the next Financial Vice President. I am a born and raised Washingtonian and am currently a sopho

more at Issaquah High School. I belong to TDHS and am serving as the Youth Engagement and Hospitality intern. In my free time I love playing soccer, hanging out with friends, watching Netflix, volunteering at Friendship Circle, and I especially love to paint!

What is your favorite type of weather?
As a true Pacific Northwesterner my favorite weather has to be rain. Rainy days are so peaceful and cozy, and they always seem to put me in my deepest thoughts and give me a lot of time to work on sketches. Also, the freshness and greenery that comes after a rain shower is truly beautiful and never fails to bring me a sense of clarity.

What item would you be on a salad bar? 
If I could be any item on a salad bar it would be croutons because I work well with others (aka other parts of the salad) but I can also be very good on my own, because who hasn’t eaten a handful of just plain croutons?

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Candidates for Head Songleader

Daniel Flash

Hey NFTY-NW! I’m Daniel Flash (He/Him) and I am currently a sophomore at Liberty High School in Renton, Washington. I am finishing up my year as BATY’s RCVP and am excited to run for the Head Song Leader position. Outside of school I enjoy playing soccer, biking, skiing, swimming, and playing guitar. I song lead during services at my temple on Tuesday nights and I am excited to bring my skills to NFTY! I love meeting new people so if you ever see me feel free to come and say hi!

What is your Superpower?

Having the last name of Flash, most people think that I would want to have super speed. But I would actually love to be able to teleport anywhere I want. I’m a big fan of Harry Potter and I always thought it was super cool that they could teleport to places just by thinking about it. I wouldn’t have to walk to places anymore and I could be anywhere I wanted in the matter of seconds. It would also be fun to scare people when I magically appear right next to them.

What Item would you be on a salad bar?

If I were to be a salad bar item, I would have to be the classic crouton. It’s the greatest topping of all time and why would I not want to be the greatest of all time? It adds the perfect crunch to any salad making it not a want, but a necessity. Also, the good thing about croutons is that you can have a bowl of only croutons. You can’t do that with many other toppings. A crouton covers all the criteria needed to be the best topping and that is why I would be it.

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