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Introducing Your CWR 5778-5779 Regional Board!

NFTY CWR President- Sam Duman

Sam Duman is a diehard NFTYite and lover of all things temple youth. He hasn’t missed an event since 8th grade, and doesn’t plan on starting now. He started his TYG, SiTY, in 2016 and has loved seeing it grow. His hobbies are walking his friends dog (his parents won’t let him have one) and eating salad in the backyard.

NFTY CWR Programming Vice President- Ariana Zwern

Ariana is absolutely thrilled to be serving on regional board as your PVP this year! Her favorite things (aside from NFTY) are succulents, fairy lights, and genuine conversations. She lives in Sacramento, is the current PVP of BSTY, and attends the local Waldorf school. Her hobbies include playing with the school sheep, making a mess with acrylic paints, writing, and riding horses. She’s passionate about empowering youth, strengthening communities, and creative programming. She can’t wait to spend the next year growing with you!

NFTY CWR Social Action Vice President- Nina Heller

 Nina Heller is a senior at Carlmont High School and a member of Peninsula Temple Sholom in Burlingame, CA. She served as the Regional Communications Vice President last year, and has spent two years on the board of her TYG, PARTY. When not at a NFTY event, you can find Nina talking about NFTY, watching The West Wing, or writing for her school newspaper. She spent this past summer as a CIT at URJ Camp Newman, and the summer before that on NFTY in Israel! She is so incredibly excited to be your Social Action Vice President this year, and can’t wait to talk to you at the next event!

NFTY CWR Religious and Cultural Vice President- Sydney Gee

Sydney is looking forward to giving back to NFTY CWR by serving on Regional Board as Religious and Cultural Vice President. She attended a JCC Hebrew Immersion preschool, 6 years of Jewish day school, and 3 years of Hebrew school at Congregation Beth Jacob in Redwood City. This, combined with 8 consecutive summers at URJ Camp Newman (and counting!) and 2 years in CWR, has given her a strong Jewish education and a passion for Judaism. She feels so thankful for CWR and all of the love and support it has given her, and she is ecstatic to have the chance to give back.

Sydney lives in Menlo Park and will be a junior at the Nueva School in San Mateo next year. She does not belong to a TYG, but she is excited to start working with the RCVP network across the region. 


NFTY CWR Membership Vice President- Brandon Folb

Brandon is ecstatic to have the opportunity to serve as Membership Vice President for the 5778-5779 term. He has been coming to regional events since eighth grade and has come back for every regional event since. This year he will be exiting his second year as Co-President of his temple youth group, DRTY.  Brandon really enjoys hanging out with friends, listening to music, exercising, and playing sports. Brandon is really excited to give back to the community that always been there for him. If you have a chance, please come up and say hi to him, as it is his goal to get to know everyone in the region next year!

NFTY CWR Communications Vice President- Leah Atkins

Leah is thrilled to be joining regional board as Communications Vice President! She joined NFTY in 8th grade and has loved being a part of the community ever since. She is currently Co-President of her temple’s TYG, EETY (formerly EQUALITY). She loves doing sports like lacrosse and field hockey (although she is not the best, she really loves the community). She also enjoys learning more about science and exploring all different sorts of creative things such as painting, photography, acting, and dancing. She is super stoked to get to know even more wonderful people through the role 🙂


Fundraising & Merchandising Vie President- Jacob Cohen

Jacob Cohen is a Sophomore at Design Tech High School. Outside of NFTY, he is part of his school’s leadership team, Jew Crew and Sponsorships and Budgeting manager for TEDxDesignTechHighSchool. Jacob enjoys theater and dance and is a comic book fanatic!