Meet Our Regional Board

Jake Lewis, President
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Shalom! I’m Jake Lewis and I’m so honored and excited to be your NFTY Chicago President for the 5776-5777 year!  I am a senior at Deerfield High School and I am part of my temple’s youth group, BJBESTY.  I love competing on my school’s debate team, playing piano and guitar, 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 wait to lead NFTY Chicago in this coming year.  Stay tuned for all the unique opportunities and amazing events coming up!

Daniel Dodinval, Programming Vice President
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Hey NFTY Chicago! I'm Daniel Dodinval and I'm so happy to be your Programming Vice President for the 5776-5777 year. I'm senior at New Trier High School in Winnetka, where I play trombone in the school band and serve as co-head of Club Israel, and I'm also a member of ESTY. In my free time, you'll find me on a bike, playing with my dog, or cooking some new recipe I found. I've loved being a part of NFTY throughout high school and I can't wait put together some amazing programming for y'all this year!

Sophie Richardson, Social Action Vice President
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Hi NFTY Chicago! My name is Sophie Richardson and I am so excited to be your 2016-2017 Social Action Vice President. I am a Junior at Libertyville High School where I participate in theater and writers club. You can usually find me hanging out in teva (nature) or driving around to see my NFTY friends. I spent this past summer biking around Lake Michigan and preparing for the incredible year ahead of us. I hope everyone is as excited as I am for the social action projects this upcoming year holds!

Jake Hershenhouse, Religious & Cultural Vice President
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Hi NFTY Chicago! I’m Jake Hershenhouse, your Religious and Cultural Vice President for the 5776-5777 year. I am a Junior at Glenbrook South High School. I can juggle and I participate in Model United Nations, but what I love most is NFTY (duh).  During the summer, I was in the holy land becoming one with my Judaism and eating top notch nosh.  Strap on those seatbelts NFTY CAR, because this year is going to be tov m’ode.

Marni Israel, Membership Vice President
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Hey NFTY Chicago! My name is Marni Israel and I am so excited to be your 2016-2017 Membership Vice president. I am a junior at Deerfield High School where I am involved in theatre, chorus and feminist club! In my free time, you can find me outside because I love nature or socializing because I love making new friends. I spent this past summer at the URJ Kutz Camp learning all about leadership in Leadership Major! I cannot wait for the year, and I cannot wait to see everyone at this year’s events!

Spencer Lavin, Treasurer 
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Yo NFTY Chicago, it's me, your Treasurer, Spencer Lavin. I'm the guy making all that cool merch and raising money for Camp CAR and the Scholarship Fund. I live in Wilmette Illinois and attend New Trier High School, go Trevs! In my free time I like to exercise, watch movies, and do carpentry work. I have a lot of ideas this year and am very excited to serve you. If you have any good ideas, just slide into that dm (aka email me at Word out.

Lily Simon, Communications Vice President 
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Hey NFTY! I'm Lily Simon, your Communications Vice President for the 2016-2017 year! I'm a Senior at Mundelein High School, where I participate in Future Business Leaders of America and Model United Nations. Outside of school I create art, work at a movie theater and dance. I can't wait to contribute to our amazing region this year by using my creativity and passion.

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. 


Logan Zinman


Logan has worked as Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement for NFTY Chicago for the past five years. As Director, Logan oversees the program and logistics of all NFTY…

Leadership Opportunities

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!

NFTY Chicago Elections Packet 2017-2018

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. 

Jake Lewis - President

Daniel Dodinval - Programming Vice President

Sophie Richardson - Social Action Vice President

Jake Hershenhouse - Religious and Cultural Vice President

Marni Israel - Membership Vice President

Spencer Lavin - Treasurer

Lily Simon - Communications Vice President