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NFTY Veida and The North American Board-Elect

We are delighted to share highlights from NFTY’s recent mid-year board meeting (NFTY Veida) at NFTY Convention in Los Angeles, CA.  Additional information will be posted online at in the coming weeks.

It is with great pleasure that we announce the 2013-2014 NFTY North American Board. Their terms will formally begin on June 22, when they are installed at Mechina, which will take place in June 2013.

Andrew Keene, President
Andrew Keene - HeadshotAndrew is the current president of NFTY’s Northern Region (NO) and a member of Congregation Shalom in Milwaukee, WI. Andrew served NFTY-NO last year as the Religious and Cultural Vice President and is an alum of the Regional Board Track at the URJ Kutz camp and has attended two of the American Jewish Archives Teen Study Weekends in Cincinnati.  Andrew has attended the previous two biennials and has been deeply involved with innovative youth engagement in Milwaukee.

Morgan Weidner, Programming Vice President
Morgan Weidner - HeadshotMorgan is the current Programming Vice President of NFTY’s Northwest Region (NW) and a member of Temple De Hirsch Sinai in Bellevue, WA.  Morgan spent the fall of 2011 developing her love for Israel while living on Kibbutz Tzuba as a student on the Eisendrath International Exchange (EIE) program.  She has also been a camper at URJ Camp Kalsman for three summers.

Gordon Kaye, Social Action Vice President
Gordon Kaye - Headshot
Gordon is currently serving as regional Social Action Vice President of NFTY’s Ohio Valley Region (OV) and is a member of The Temple Ohabai Shalom in Nashville, TN.  Gordon has spent seven summers at URJ Goldman Family Camp as a camper, an avodahnik and most recently a staff member.  He also traveled to Israel with NFTY in the summer of 2010.  Gordon is the son of Sally and Mitchell Kaye.                                 

Micah Friedman, Religious & Cultural Vice President
Micah Friedman - Headshot
Micah is currently serving as the Religious and Cultural Vice President of NFTY’s Southern Tropical Region (STR). He is a member of Congregation Beth Am in Tampa, FL and was a student at Hillel Academy Jewish Day School in Florida.   Micah is a three time alum of the URJ Kutz Camp and the only NFTYite to be named as a Kutz Fellow for two years.  Micah has been a student leader at Camp Jenny, NFTY SAR and STR’s annual four-day camp for elementary school students from inner-city Atlanta for three consecutive years.

Aaron Heft, Membership & Communications Vice President
Aaron Heft - Headshot
Aaron is the Communication Vice President of NFTY’s Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR). He is a member of Temple Sinai in Newport News, VA where he served two years as the TYG President before running for regional leadership.  He is also the Tot Shabbat Music Director at his synagogue and an avid musician.  Aaron will be spending his first summer at Jewish overnight camp this summer at the URJ Kutz Camp.

Other NFTY Mid-Year Board Meeting Business:

Constitutional Selection of NFTY Study Theme and Action Theme for 5773-5774 Academic Year

  • NFTY Study Theme – Hashomer Achi Anochi – Am I My Brother’s Keeper? NFTY Studies Our Responsibilities Toward Others
    • We have renewed last year’s theme for a second year.
  • NFTY Action Theme – Lo Yisa Goy El Goy Cherev – NFTY Addresses Conflict Resolution

Additional pieces of new business adopted include:

  • Resolution granting NFTY Life Membership to Mark and Peachy Levy
  • Recommendation that NFTY’s Brit Kehillah now include an explicit ban on bullying
  • Resolution to amend the constitution stating that changes to NFTY’s Brit Kehillah start from legislation proposed by the NFTY Board (pending ratification)
  • Resolution to amend the constitution to restructure the North American Board – creating separated positions for Membership VP and Communications VP (pending ratification)