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Quote Collection: NFTY Staff looks forward to NC15

Even our staff cannot wait for NFTY Convention to begin! We asked what the NFTY and URJ staff were most looking forward to in the next six days. Take a look!


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NFTY Staff meeting prior to #NFTYConvention

“I’m excited to celebrate big moments with 1,300 teens, professionals, and adults committed to youth engagement. This is a remarkable opportunity to bring the movement together, take a stand, and go back to our home community to make a difference.”

  • Andrew Keene, former NFTY President

“I’m excited to facilitate new connections for teens and help them rekindle old ones. Helping the teens to understand the connection to the larger entity of NFTY and the Reform movement as a whole is what I believe is what will make NFTY Convention extremely meaningful not only for the teens, but for anyone involved.”

  • Evan Silverstein, NFTY-Pittsbrugh Advisor

“I’m most excited about helping to create an incredible experience for every participant who walks through the doors. I’m also excited about hanging out with and getting to know almost 1,000 incredible teenagers.”

  • Pam Schuller, NFTY-GER Regional Director of Youth Engagement

“We’ve got over 100 kids coming for the songleading track, which is the first time we’ve done that, and we far beat our expectations. It’s great that kids are coming who are excited about Jewish music, and are developing skills to share their gifts with the Jewish world.”

  • Alan Goodis, NFTY Convention Music Director
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The NFTY business office getting set up to make #NFTYConvention happen!

“I’m really excited to see a lot of hard work from staff and teens come to life. Teens and staff have been working on programs, workshops, worship experiences, and big moments, and it’s going to fabulous to see it all come together. It’s also exciting to be a part of such a unique moment for the Reform movement.”

Rachel Leitner, URJ Projects Manager for North American Events

“As head RA, I’m excited to see our RAs create magical moments for the teens coming tomorrow. On a personal level, I’m excited for the big productions; they are always so exciting to see, when you see 1,000 people participating in the same event, the same moment, the same prayer, the same song, and to see all of them sharing in the same goal, and all moving in the same direction. That’s truly something incredible.”

  • Ben Fuld, NFTY Convention Head Resident Advisor

“I am excited for this event because I was highly engaged as a teenage participant, and now, as an adult, NFTY and the URJ are still giving me excellent opportunities for leadership and professional development. As a youth summit initern, I look forward to furthering my passions for youth engagement and continuing to network with established Jewish professionals.”

  • Liza Moskowitz, Youth Summit Intern and former NFTY PVP

“I am most excited about bringing together more than 200 adults who will spend time networking and growing together. I always feel energized after NFTY Convention, and it makes me incredibly optimistic about the future of youth engagement.”

  • Elena Dufner, Youth Summit Project Manager