We are thrilled to announce this year’s candidates for NFTY-NAR’s Regional Board! This year we have 14 excellent candidates running for positions on our Executive Board and Board of Directors. Please take some time to get to know our candidates by reading their bios and letters of intent, and if you have not yet, register to join us at Elections, this Sunday, March 5th, at Congregation Beth Elohim in Brooklyn. (Register here.)
Meet your 2017-2018 Candidates:
I am currently a junior at LREI in the greatest city in the world. When not at regional or North American NFTY events you can find me in the pool, behind a camera or in the darkroom, playing volleyball or on stage! I’m also frequently caught drinking coffee, eating ice cream or playing Dominion. I have been lucky enough to call the URJ Kutz Camp my home for the past 2 summers and I am beyond excited for the year ahead.
Ella plans to drop-down to Programming VP.
Rikki Gassman is a junior at The Wheatley School in Old Westbury, New York. She currently serves as Co-President of her Temple’s youth group (SORTY), a big sibling, a group leader, and Co-Social Action Chair on NAR’s cabinet. When not obsessing over all things NFTY, Rikki can be found recycling with her school’s Environmental Action Committee, volunteering, eating sushi, or watching Netflix. She would be ecstatic to serve as the next president of NFTY-NAR.
Rikki plans to drop-down to Social Action VP.
Hi. I am Daniel, a resident in the Town of Scarsdale and a Junior at Scarsdale High School. Outside of NFTY, I play tennis and ski race along with taking part in the improv club at my school. I am a member of the congregation at SSTTE and prior to running for NAR Regional Board I was on the Presidential Cabinet as the Development Chair. I am excited to serve the region however I can and have another great year at NFTY NAR!
Daniel plans to drop-down to Membership VP.
Morgan Salomon hails from White Plains, NY, where she is a Junior at Solomon Schechter School of Westchester. When she isn’t watching Netflix or singing theater music a little too loudly, she can be found giving instagram caption advice, or taking snapchats of her dog. She’s never sitting still, especially when she is twirling on the dance-floor. She is currently serving on your NFTY NAR Kallot committee and would love to be your next PVP.
Morgan plans to drop-down to Membership VP.
Religious & Cultural VP
Sam Pekats has served as TIFTY’s 9th Grade Representative and RCVP, NFTY NAR’s RCVP, and has also held 4 positions on NAR cabinet and 1 position on NFTY’s North American cabinet. He is a two-time participant of URJ Kutz Leadership Camp and loves being a Jew. From a young age, his grandfather, a survivor of Auschwitz, has impacted his Jewish learning journey. Sam hopes to share and spread his enthusiasm towards our religion and culture.
Social Action VP
Kian Tortorello-Allen (they/he) is in 10th grade at Fox Lane High School. They are very involved in activism work, especially LGBTQ advocacy, through their school GSA and the GLSEN National Student Council. They are also involved in racial justice work. They have been their TYG’s RCVP for two years and the current NAR Social Action co-committee chair. In their spare time, Kian enjoys making YouTube videos, writing, and eating tacos.
Jamie Horowitz is a junior at the Wheatley School and lives in Roslyn Heights, NY. She is currently Co-President of her TYG, SORTY, and serves as a member of NFTY’s North American Committee called the Tikkun Olam Project. When not participating in her “Jew-things,” as her friends put it, Jamie can be found taking pictures, doing community service, playing the clarinet, designing promotional gear for school club, and playing with her new puppy, Harley.
Hey all, I’m Jon Levy and I’m from Ardsley New York. My favorite things to do outside of NFTY are playing lacrosse and ski racing in the winter. In the summer, I chill at Crane Lake Camp. Other times, you’ll find me running on the highway (No joke), or roaming around taking pictures. I’m also a part of ZEETY, located in beautiful Tarrytown New York.
Long Island Director of Sub-Regional Events
Marielle Garvey, 16, is a junior at Plainview Old-Bethpage JFK High School, where she is a member of the golf team, Science Olympiads, and GSA. A proud Chinese-American Jew, Marielle is an active member of Temple B’nai Torah, Wantagh, participating in Kulanu, BNTY, Teen Choir, and is a Madrachim. She is an avid photographer, acting in musical theater, and swimming. Accepted into the Science Honor Society, she looks forward to pursuing a degree in medicine.
Hannah has found a strong connection to Judaism within the NFTY NAR community, being on the Long Island Subregional Committee and also holding the position of Strategic Planning Chair on cabinet. For two years, Hannah has also served on her TYG, POWTY’s, board. She has also been enjoying her second semester of sophomore year in the beautiful Judean Hills, Israel. Additionally, she takes part in her school newspaper, women’s club, and photo club. Todah rabah, NAR!
New York City Director of Sub-Regional Events
Benny Forstadt is a Sophomore from the Upper West Side of Manhattan, where he lives with his parents and his two younger brothers. He is an acting student at LaGuardia Arts High School. Benny loves writing and hopes to someday pursue a career in that field. Benny has discovered his Jewish identity through his affiliation with NFTY, so he would love to serve the region as New York City Director of Subregional Events.
I was born and raised in Yorkville, Manhattan, but have always spent time with family in the suburbs. I travel through Manhattan often, and know the subway lines like the back of my hand. I can tell you where many French and Jewish attractions are, and take pride in being so connected with my cultures! Over the summer I work at a day camp, go to the beach, and do crafts I’ve found on Pinterest.
I live on the Upper West Side of Manhattan and I am a junior at the High School of American Studies at Lehman College. I’ve been an active member of NFTY since my freshman year and I have held various positions on my temple youth group and within the NFTY community. I’ve attended Camp Eisner for over 10 years and I’m very committed to the Reform movement. I’m a ski instructor and I love animals.
Westchester/Fairfield Director of Sub-Regional Events
Hi I’m Moriah Pardo and I’m a junior at Westhill High School in Stamford, Connecticut. I’m currently the MVP and CVP of my temple youth group SoSTY. I’m a varsity skier on my school’s ski team and I go skiing quite often with my family and friends. During the summer when I’m not at Eisner Camp I’m busy hiking and kayaking. I have a great love for art and its history and you can find me sketching and doodling.