Meet Our Regional Board

Josh Glucksman, President
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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 serve as your NFTY-CAR Regional Board!


Ella Brown, Programming Vice President
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Hi! My name is Ella Brown, and I’m a senior at Oak Park and River Forest High School. 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 excited to serve the amazing community that has given me lifelong friendships, inspired my passion for social change, and provided me with countless opportunities.

Aaron Freeman, Social Action Vice President
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Shalom NFTY-CAR! My name is Aaron Freeman, and I am excited to serve as your Social Action Vice President. I am a senior 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.

Lisa Silverstein , Religious & Cultural Vice President
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Shalom NFTY-CAR! I’m ecstatic to be your Religious and Cultural Vice President this year! I’m a senior at Stevenson High School and I belong to Congregation BJBE. 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.

Claire Hershenhouse, Membership Vice President
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Shalom NFTY CAR! My name is Claire Hershenhouse and I’m so excited to be your Membership Vice President.  I’m a junior 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. I can’t wait to have such a fun time in NFTY this upcoming year.

Adele Lowitz, Treasurer
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Shalom NFTY CAR! I am so excited to be your treasurer this year! I am a senior at Francis W. Parker School and I am a belong to Makom Solel Lakeside Congregation. 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. I can’t wait for a great year!

Ellory Penner, Communications Vice President
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Shalom NFTY-CAR! I am a senior 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. I am looking forward to a wonderful year in NFTY with you all!

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. 


Naomi Looper


Naomi has been active in the OSRUI and NFTY community as a camper, NFTY-CAR president, unit head of Kallah, and now as the NFTY-CAR Regional Director and OSRUI Assistant…