Meet Our Regional Board

Elle Tzur, President
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Responsibilities: Liaison to Senior Regional Director and other adult leadership. Oversees all activities of Regional Board members. Mentors all TYG presidents.

Elle Tzur is a senior in high school and an active member in her youth group, SMRTY. As the NFTY-CWR President Elle is incredibly excited to work with the regional board and NFTYites to continue making CWR an inclusive and welcoming environment for all members. On the off chance Elle is not NFTYing or making up words about NFTY, you can catch her campaigning for her 2040 US Presidency, singing along to any song from the 2000’s, and managing her very own Jewish puns account on twitter (@jewish_puns). Elle also loves Jews and people so you should totally come up and introduce yourself to her!

Nathan Kertz, Programming Vice President
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Responsibilities: Oversees all regional programming. Looks at event schedule as a whole to ensure continuity. Mentors all TYG programming vice presidents.

Nathan has many important hobbies such as napping, napping in a hammock, and resting his eyes. When he is not busy with one of those very important passions you may find him participating in Mock Trial, playing baseball, or chilling with Jews. Nathan has been super active in the Jewish community through participation in his temple youth group, NFTY CWR, and attendance at URJ Camp Newman since childhood. Nathan has been part of leadership in his temple youth group and on regional cabinet during sophomore and junior year and is now so happy to be on regional board.

Adam Friedman, Social Action Vice President
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Responsibilities: provides social action opportunities at regional events. Helps guide regional social justice initiatives throughout the course of the school year. Mentors all TYG social action vice presidents.

Adam Friedman is a junior in high school. He attends Marin Academy in San Rafael, where he leads Model U.N. Club, Jewish Student Organization, and Ultimate Frisbee Club, as well as the ultimate team. He loves exploring in nature and adventuring with homies. When he isn't at school or participating in co-curricular activities, he's chillin' at Congregation Rodef Sholom with his friends from CRuSTY, the most fortunately-named TYG around. He is super excited to be the region's Social Action Vice President and can't wait for a phenomenal year!

Jenna SolomonReligious and Cultural Vice President
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Responsibilities: Organizes regional services and Torah studies. Brings elements of Jewish and Israeli culture to the region. Mentors all TYG religious and cultural vice presidents.

Jenna Solomon was born and raised in Santa Cruz, CA, and is an active member in SRFY where she served on her TYG board for the last three 3 years. She is a senior at San Lorenzo Valley High School, the girls' varsity water polo captain, the ASB (Associated Student Body) President, and the Co-president of the NCBI (National Coalition Building Institute) chapter at her school. She began her NFTY career in 8th grade at Spring Conclave 2013 and naturally found her home here. She just spent a semester abroad in Israel on NFTY-EIE. As Religious and Cultural Vice President, she helps to integrate Judaism and Israeli culture at NFTY events through services and programs. She looks forward to leading and inspiring this amazing region for another fantastic NFTY year

Elyssa Alfi, Membership Vice President
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Responsibilities: Writes all regional mixers; oversees all regional retention projects. Mentors all TYG membership vice presidents.

Elyssa Alfi is a senior at Burlingame High School and is a part of Peninsula Temple Beth El's TYG SMRTY! She is super excited to be the NFTY CWR MVP. She can't wait to jump in and be a part of this wonderful community and help engage members through mixers and programs. She wants to help every member to feel welcomed into the community that is her home away from home. Elyssa is committed to helping everyone feel this same way and is always happy to be a resource and help to all members. In her free time she enjoys singing in her choir, playing soccer, and hanging out with fellow Jews from NFTY. Her immense love for NFTY  will be continue past her high school career

Moriah Chedekel, Communications Vice President
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Responsibilities: Takes minutes at all regional executive and general board meetings, handles all correspondence between regional board and the rest of the community, manages social media campaigns for the region. Mentors all TYG Communication Vice Presidents.

Moriah Chedekel is from Marin County and is a proud member of CRuSTY. She attends the Jewish Community High School of the bay where she served as class president, leads women’s club, and plays volleyball and soccer. She loves spending time at Camp Newman, NFTY events, and leading and volunteering with kids. She enjoys Rom-Coms, Taylor Swift, and doodling. Otherwise you can find her memorizing digits of pi or just simply eating pie. If you need something done or have a funny joke to tell, just look out for some curly hair and a pair of chubby cheeks. Moriah could not be happier to be your Communications Vice President for the 5776-5777 school year!

Sara Warner, Fundraising & Merchandise Vice President
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Responsibilities: Responsible for all regional fundraising, creating/ordering/selling all regional merchandise. Mentors all TYG treasurers and fundraising & merchandise vice presidents.

Sara is a senior at Marin School of the Arts, where she’s studied Vocal Music, Visual Arts, and Musical Theatre. She originally hails from the TYG CRuSTY, which she was the FMVP of last year. Sara is your local sheep enthusiast, mismatched-sock-wearer, beatboxer and succulent collector. She loves music (and would like to be a cantor), drawing, traveling, culture and gender studies, and meeting new people. Sara is very interested in introducing the exploration of creativity, play, and organized chaos into the CWR culture, and is excited to create some incredible memories and merchandise this year. Need a good pun, a conversation about classic rock, a healthy debate, or a friend to go to an art museum with? She’s your gal.

NFTY CWR Cabinet

The NFTY CWR cabinet is comprised a group of passionate and devoted NFTYites who represent the extended leadership of the region. Cabinet applicants apply at the end of the year and are appointed prior to C-Dubb Smash, the first event of the year. The work closely with the regional board to planning components of weekend events and help reach out to the great region.

2016-2017 Cabinet:

Event Chairs:

Fallinter: Ben Schwartz
Spring Conclave: Drew Ehrlich
8th Grade Beach Boardwalk: Daniel Elizalde, Gabby Sandman
Gesher Kallah: Rebecca Ezersky

Programming Committee: Liora Ami, Rebecca Atkins, Nina Heller
Social Action Committee: Amalia Birch, Kaitlyn Huntley, Leeza Wong
Religious & Cultural Committee: Sarah Birch, Hannah Marcus
Membership Committee: Rachel Chancellor, Audrey Feiwell, Samantha Goldstein, Danny Katz, Phoebe Saul
Communications Committee: Brandon Folb, Sarah Meskin, Marlo Sgro
Fundraising & Merchandise Committee: Jamie Cotter, Sam Duman

NFTY Central West Region 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 Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement who oversees all programs and administration.


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