Meet Our Regional Board
Claire Frankel, President
Claire Frankel is currently a Junior at Lord Byng Secondary School where she is in the Mini School program for both Visual Arts and Literary Arts. She is an active member of Temple Sholom in Vancouver, Canada. She has spent 7 summers at URJ Camp Kalsman, and has been a participant in NFTY NW for the past 3 years, where she has made lifelong friendships. Claire spent summer 2017 on a Mitzvah Corps trip to Costa Rica. She is a Math, English, and French tutor, and also plays soccer. Claire is extremely excited and grateful for the opportunity to serve as NFTY NW President for the 5778-5779 year. Claire looks forward to sharing her passion for Reform Judaism with the rest of the community.
Bryce Harnick, Programming Vice President
Bryce Harnick is incredibly thrilled to be serving as NFTY-NW Programming Vice President. He is a junior at The Overlake School, where he spends most of his time outside of class in the theater. He is an avid lighting designer for many of the school's productions and concerts, and could to talk about lights for hours on end, but tries really hard not to. One of his favorite TV shows was Rise, until it got cancelled and he's still very upset about it. Bryce simply cannot wait to work with the amazing people in this region!
Danielle Topaz, Social Action Vice President
Danielle is a junior at Redmond High School and will be doing the running start program at Bellevue College. She is a member of Temple de Hirsch Sinai, where she served on the youth board leadership as Social Action Vice President and Freshman Representative. She attended Camp Kalman for 8 years and will be attending Kutz camp this summer. In her free time she’s playing golf, making vegan chocolate chip cookies, watching gossip girl, chillin' with her cat, camping and hanging out with her friends. She’s so excited serve on NFTY-NW regional board and can’t wait to share all her ideas with the region!
Jonah Silverstein, Religious and Cultural Vice President
Jonah Silverstein is a senior at Garfield High School and is an energetic member of Congregation Beth Shalom in Seattle, Washington. At school, he loves art and history. Outside of school, he loves drawing, hiking, skiing, frisbee, and most of all sleeping. He has been a member of NFTY-NW and has attended URJ Camp Kalsman for several years where he has made lifelong friends. He is so excited to be serving as RCVP this year and hopes to see all of your beautiful faces at the next event!
Zane Harbison, Membership Vice President
Hi Northwest, my name is Zane Harbison and I’m stoked to be serving as your next MVP! I play the bagpipes, run track & cross-country, and am a dedicated student. Being from Idaho, I’ve experienced the NFTY-NW 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 our Boise vibe with the greater NFTY-Northwest community. I love making new friends, so feel free to reach out to me at any time this next year, whether it be in-person or digitally! I’m looking forward to meeting all of you over the next year, and I can’t wait to see all of you at our events (Stay tuned for details)!
Sam Hirsch, Communications Vice President
Sam Hirsch is thrilled to serve as the NFTY-NW CVP for the year 5778-5779. He is a senior at The Overlake School in Seattle, Washington, and a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai, where he previously served as the TDSY CVP. When not at NFTY events, Sam enjoys photography, tennis, music, puns, and memes. He is extremely excited to spend his senior year with the #northbest region!
Gabi Kadish, Financial Vice President
Gabi Kadish is a junior at Skyline High School and a member at Temple De Hirsch Sinai. Gabi has been on the TDSY board for the past two years and is ecstatic for the challenge of NFTY NW Regional Board. Outside of NFTY and school, she is a member of the leadership board for The Friendship Circle and an active volunteer there. She loves stickers, sweatshirts, bad jokes, and warm weather. She also loves the Pacific Northwest (PNW) and wants to go on more adventures this year! She’s so thankful and excited to be your FVP for this coming year and can’t wait to share all of her designs with you!
NFTY Northwest is governed by a board of teen leaders who are elected by their peers that serve a one-year term. Regional board members play a critical role in all aspects of running the region including event planning and marketing, and mentoring teen leaders from our local youth communities. The regional board is mentored by a Regional Advisor who oversees all programs and administration.