It is written in the Talmud, “It is not the position that honors the person, but the person who honors the position.”
NFTY CAR is governed by a board of teen leaders who are selected to serve a one-year term. We are excited to introduce the candidates for the 2019-2020 Regional Board! Elections will be on March 31st from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Beth Tikvah. They are open to 8th-12th graders.
You are encouraged to carefully and thoroughly read each and every candidate’s Bio and Letters of Intent of each candidate. As you read them in their entirety, please be mindful that every candidate is a member of our Kehillah Kedoshah (holy community) and should be treated as such throughout the elections process. Please remember that each candidate is qualified and has demonstrated tremendous dedication by entering into this elections process.
Candidate for President
Josh Glucksman – My name is Josh and I’m a 17-year-old from Glencoe. I love Judaism, fitness, volleyball, science, the environment, and making videos, amongst other things. I am excited for this opportunity to run for NFTY-CAR board.
Candidate for Programming Vice President
Ella Brown – Hi! My name is Ella Brown, and I’m a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School and the current Membership Vice President. You can usually find me spending time with friends, teaching sewing classes, planning our next NFTY event, or polishing up my klezmer trumpet skills! I’m happy to announce my candidacy for Programming Vice President, so that I can serve the amazing community that has given me lifelong friendships, inspired my passion for social change, and provided me with countless opportunities. I can’t wait to see you at elections!
Candidates for Social Action Vice President
Aaron Freeman – Shalom NFTY-CAR! My name is Aaron Freeman, and I am excited to be one of your candidates for Social Action Vice President. I am currently a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School and a member of Oak Park Temple. At school I enjoy playing on the tennis team, working on my scientific research project, and participating in Chemistry Club, Youth Activism and Civics Club, and many other activities. Outside of school, you can find me playing guitar and singing at School of Rock, and recording and listening to music with my friends. I look forward to seeing you all at elections!
Jason Tothy – My name is Jason Tothy and I am currently a junior at the University of Chicago Lab School. I have been a part of NFTY since my 8th grade Kolbo weekend. I have loved attending NFTY events and being part of an amazing community of teens. For the past three years, I have enjoyed volunteering for social justice work locally, regionally, and even nationally. From participating in L’Taken twice to being a teen representative for RAC-Illinois, I am passionate about making a change in the world. When I am not having a great time with NFTY or volunteering, I sail on my school’s sailing team, listen to music, and hang out with friends.
Zoe Haith – Shalom, NFTY Chicago! I’m Zoe Haith and I’m running to be your Social Action Vice President. I am a sophomore at Mundelein High School and go to Or Shalom in Vernon Hills. I have been participating in NFTY since the beginning of my freshman year and I have loved every second of it! I play basketball and lacrosse at my school.
Candidates for Religious and Cultural Vice President
Shayna Irgang – Hey NFTY I’m Shayna Irgang! I’m a sophomore at Schaumburg High School and the current RCVP of BeTTY. I went to OSRUI for 6 years and it inspired me to get involved with NFTY as much as possible. When I’m not at temple or NFTY, I’m singing with my chamber groups or at practice for flags. I’m so excited for the next two years of NFTY!
Lisa Silverstein – Shalom NFTY-CAR! My name is Lisa Silverstein and I’m ecstatic to possibly be your next RCVP! I’m currently a junior at Stevenson High School and I belong to temple BJBE where I’m now serving as BJBESTY’s President. I love to run on the cross country team and compete in mock trial at my school! Also, fun fact: I’m a competitive bass fisher! If you ever need any fishing tips I’m always here to help. Outside of school, you can find me enjoying the weather and riding my bike, or with my mock trial friends at the 19th Judicial Circuit Court sitting in on cases. L’hitraot and see you at elections!
Candidate for Membership Vice President
Claire Hershenhouse – Shalom NFTY CAR! My name is Claire Hershenhouse and I’m so excited to be a candidate for Membership Vice President of the 2019-2020 term. I’m a sophomore at Glenbrook South High School where I’m involved in Model United Nations and soccer. In my free time, you can catch me playing sodoku, babysitting, and hanging out with my camp and NFTY friends. This is summer I attended my 8th summer at OSRUI. I can’t wait to have such a fun time in NFTY this upcoming year.
Candidates for Treasurer
Adele Lowitz – Shalom NFTY CAR! My name is Adele Lowitz and I am so excited to hopefully be your next treasurer! I am currently a junior Francis W. Parker School and I serve as the president of SolTY and on the treasurer’s cabinet for NFTY CAR. Outside of NFTY I am a member of the Chicago Children’s Choir and a part of my school’s Model UN team. I also love to do graphic design! However, as much as I love all of those things, I am the most excited to represent our region as treasurer throughout the upcoming year, and I hope that I will be granted this opportunity. I can’t wait to see you all at elections!
Carter Christenholz – Shalom NFTY-CAR! I’m Carter Christenholz and I’m delighted, thrilled, and honored to be running for the 5779-5780 NFTY treasurer position. I’m a sophomore at Palatine High school and a BETTYite. At school you can often find me attending principle advisory board meetings, being a peer mentor for a person with a disability, and doing backflips in gymnastics. While I’m not attending school you can count on me hanging out with my Osrui friends, trying my best to learn Hebrew (it’s harder than it looks), and playing with my “evil” cat. As you may know I’m connected to NFTY through my temple youth group BETTY. My congregation and NFTY are both communities educating me on important Jewish values.
Candidates for Communications Vice President
Quentin Kagan – Hey, NFTY-CAR! My name is Quentin Kagan and I am currently a junior at Buffalo Grove High School. I belong to Beth Am Congregation, which along with Temple Chai, makes up ChAmPY. When I’m not doing NFTY or ChAmPY you can find me riding my bike, playing with my dog, and hanging out with friends. I am also on my high school’s swim team. I am extremely honored to be a candidate for your next Regional Communications Vice President!
Ellory Penner – Shalom NFTY-CAR! My name is Ellory, I am a junior at Lane Tech High School in Chicago. When I am not in school I love singing, dancing, acting, running, and playing with my dog Romeo. I have been in three musicals at my high school have been competing in my school’s choir for three years at many competitions. I also joined the cross country team at my school and Israeli Club.