Meet Our Regional Board
Sarah Cohen, President
Hey NFTY-CAR! I’m Sarah Cohen and I’m ecstatic and honored to be serving as your president this year. I’m a senior at Barrington High School where I love competing on our Model United Nations team. In my spare time you can find me working at my local movie theatre, playing with my adorable puppies, and driving all over to see my NFTY friends. I️ also attend Beth Tikvah Congregation where from a young age I️ was taught the immense value that a close kehilah (community) can serve. I️ can’t wait to work together this year to continue fostering our kehilah filled with Jewish teens from all over the Chicagoland area. Please feel free to reach out at any point this year!
Amanya Meir, Programming Vice President
Shalom NFTY Chicago! My name is Amanya Meir and I'm thrilled to be your Programming Vice President for the 2018-2019 year! I'm a Senior at Conant High School where I’m involved with the Spanish club, Speech team and am a peer mediator. You can usually find me playing the guitar, listening to music, learning how to snap, or hanging out with my NFTY and OSRUI friends. This summer, I spent my time mopping and cleaning toilets in Avodah Corps at OSRUI. I am so excited for this year, and I can't wait to see y'all at events this year!
Paili Bachrach, Social Action Vice President
Shalom NFTY CAR! My name is Paili Bachrach and I’m so excited to serve as your Social Action Vice President for the 2018-2019 year! I’m a Senior at Lane Tech College Prep in Chicago where I’m the Co-President of Lithuanian Dancing Club. Along with that, I am the Senior Director of Camp CAR, our year-long partnership program with Cooke Magnet Elementary School in Waukegan, which culminates in a weekend long summer camp experience at OSRUI for the students at the school, who otherwise wouldn’t get to experience summer camp. You can also find me hanging out with NFTY friends, camp friends, and of course my two cats, Phyl and Lill. This past summer I spent 5 weeks at the OSRUI Avodah Corps Program where I worked in the office and prepared for a great year. I can’t wait for an incredible year of standing up for what we believe in!
Ethan Soloveychik , Religious & Cultural Vice President
Hey NFTY-CAR! My name is Ethan Soloveychik and I’m so excited to be your RCVP this year! I live in Champaign, Illinois and go to the University of Illinois Laboratory High School. At school, I’ve play basketball, soccer, and love going to French club. I have been going to OSRUI since I was 8 years old and was on staff this summer. I am extremely excited to make this year full of exciting services, engaging Israel programs, and energetic song sessions! I look forward to seeing everyone this year!
Ella Brown, Membership Vice President
Shalom! I'm Ella Brown, and I'm honored to be NFTY-CAR's Membership Vice President for the 5778-5779 term. I'm a junior at Oak Park and River Forest High School, an OPTYite, and a seven-year OSRUI camper. In my spare time, you can find me drafting and sewing clothing, sitting in my hammock, or taking the train to visit camp and NFTY friends across Chicagoland. I've been involved with NFTY since 8th grade, and I've created so many memories and friendships within it. I've found so much warmth and ruach (spirit) in this Jewish community and I am excited to share that with all of you!
Jon Olbur, Treasurer
Shalom NFTY CAR! I’m Jonathan Olbur and I am so excited to be serving as the 2018-2019 NFTY CAR Treasurer. I am a Junior at Buffalo Grove High School where I participate in Cross Country and Track and Field. In my free time you can find me hanging out with friends and playing sports. I spent this past Summer in the Czech Republic and Israel on a teen mission trip with my synagogue BJBE and I worked at a theatre day camp. Let me know if you have any questions about NFTY or if you’d like to get involved; I can’t wait to see what this year has in store for all of us!
Rachel Schless, Communications Vice President
Shalom NFTY Chicago! My name is Rachel Schless, and I am beyond excited to serve in my second term as your Communications Vice President! I'm a senior at Buffalo Grove High School where I am a member of Jew Club, Educators Rising, and the National Honor Society. This past summer, I worked as a camp counselor for the Buffalo Grove Park District where I had many opportunities to strengthen my leadership skills (as well as make many, many lanyards). Throughout the year, I work with kids and adults who have special needs. Much like our NFTY community, these many communities provide me with passion, drive, and a sense of belonging. However, NFTY is the only place I can truly call home. I can't wait to spend this year feeling at home in this amazing region. CVPeace out!
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.