Meet Our Regional Board
Jake Hershenhouse, President
Shalom NFTY-CAR! I’m Jake Hershenhouse and I’m so honored and excited to be your NFTY Chicago President for the 5777-5778 year! I am a senior at Glenbrook South High School and I am part of my temple’s youth group, BJBESTY. I love competing on my school’s model united nations team, juggling, and most of all, I love being a part of NFTY Chicago. NFTY has been a huge and meaningful part of my life since 8th grade and I cannot curb my enthusiasm about leading NFTY Chicago this year. Let's make it a good one!
Sophie Richardson, Programming Vice President
Hi NFTY Chicago! My name is Sophie Richardson and I am so excited to be your 2017-2018 Programming Vice President. I am a Senior at Libertyville High School where I participate in theater, writers club, and NHS. You can usually find me hanging out in teva (nature) or driving around to see my NFTY friends. I spent this past summer at OSRUI in Avodah and preparing for the incredible year ahead of us. I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the learning and fun this upcoming year holds!
Mac Lang, Social Action Vice President
Heyo! My name is Mac Lang and I am so excited to be serving as NFTY Chicago's Social Action Vice President this upcoming year. I was a 5-year camper at URJ OSRUI, where I fell in love with the Jewish community. I currently am a senior at Wheaton North High School, where I run track and cross country (but very slowly). In my free time, I love to play and discuss sports, travel the country, and work on political initiatives. Please feel free to contact me about getting involved with social action, I can't wait to work with all of you this year!
Amanya Meir, Religious & Cultural Vice President
Shalom NFTY Chicago! My name is Amanya Meir and I'm ecstatic to be your Religious and Cultural Vice President for the 2017-2018 year! I'm a Junior at Conant High School where I play on the lacrosse team and am a peer mediator. You can usually find me playing the guitar, watching movies, or hanging out with my NFTY and BeTTY friends! This summer I went to Spain where I ate lots of tapas and learned all about Sephardic Jewish culture. I am so excited for all this year has to come, and I can't wait to see y'all at events this year!
Marni Israel, Membership Vice President
Shalom NFTY-Chicago! My name is Marni Israel and I am so excited to be serving a second term as Membership Vice President. I am a senior at Deerfield High School where I am involved in chorus and theatre. In my free time, you can find me in my eno, figuring out how to roller blade or hanging out with my NFTY friends! This past summer, I was in the regional leadership major at the URJ Kutz camp for the first half and then I spent the second half cleaning toilets in Avodah at OSRUI! Please feel free to reach out to me if you have any questions about NFTY; I can't wait to make this a great year!
Zach Brown, Treasurer
Shalom NFTY-CAR! I'm Zach Brown, your treasurer for the year. I'm excited to work together with this region to improve the way we think about our fundraisers and our merchandise, and to consider how those things represent our values. I'm deeply passionate about this community, and I am eager to see what we can do together. In my spare time, I enjoy playing guitar, working at the zoo as a caricature artist, and reading. I'm also a pretty decent kazoo player. My hope is that, by all bringing our unique talents together, we can shape the best year possible for this region. B'Yachad L'Kochavim!
Rachel Schless, Communications Vice President
Hey NFTY-CAR! My name is Rachel Schless, and I am beyond excited to serve as your 5777-5778 Communications Vice President! I'm a junior at Buffalo Grove High School and have just spent this past summer as a camp counselor for my Park District. Throughout the year, I do a lot of volunteer work with kids and adults with special needs, and it has become one of my greatest passions (right behind NFTY of course!). In my free time, I enjoy writing poetry, sketching, and baking, which go along with my creative personality. I can't wait to spend this next year with all of you!
NFTY Chicago 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 Director of Youth Engagement who oversees all programs and administration.
Interested in running for a regional board position and leading the region next year? The regional board information packet for those interested in running for the 2017-2018 Regional Board is now available. Read it in full, and then declare your candidacy to NFTY Chicago President, Jake Lewis, in writing between January 11th and March 1st. Congratulations on taking your next step to lead our region!
Sample Letters of Intent
We are looking to elect visionary leaders to our 2017-2018 Regional Board, who not only want to impact our region, but also the world. We want leaders who build on our foundation of excellent programming, deep social justice, and fun. As a candidate for Regional Board, when you craft your Letter of Intent, imagine what NFTY Chicago could be, and how you can make it happen. Use these sample Letters of Intent from the 2016-2017 Regional Board as guides, but make your platforms and letters your own! Please don't hesitate to reach out to Regional Director Logan Zinman if you have questions about whether an idea is feasible or just want to bounce ideas.