Meet Our Regional Board

Adam Frank, President
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Adam Frank is a senior from Ho-Ho-Kus, NJ. He is thrilled to be serving as NFTY-GER’s President and has previously served as NFTY-GER Northern Recruitment VP, NFTY-GER New Member Chair, and OBOY President. Adam is an alum of Camp Harlam, Kutz Camp, and Urban Mitzvah Corps. He loves sharing NFTY with others and helping them find their spot in it. Adam is a pun-enthusiast, an avid Netflix-watcher, and thoroughly enjoys Jewish geography.

Marissa Klass, Programming Vice President
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Marissa Klass is overjoyed to continue serving the region in her second term as the NFTY-GER Programming Vice President! Marissa is a senior who resides in Marlboro, New Jersey, and has a bona fide love for her temple youth group RTSY. She attended the URJ Kutz Camp ‘15 and Urban Mitzvah Corps ‘16, and enjoyed learning how to lead and benefit her local community! Marissa dabbles in the fine art of bike riding, enjoys moderate walks on the beach, Nalgenes, writing poetry, performing her lousy stand-up act worldwide, and being a proud member of NFTY-GER! 

Lauren Plattman, Social Action Vice President
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Lauren Plattman is thrilled to be on NFTY-GER board for a second year as Social Action Vice President. She is a senior from Berkeley Heights, NJ. When she isn't at NFTY events, Lauren loves being the stage manager for the drama club, making short films, and hanging out with her friends. In Lauren's limited free time she loves watching Netflix, eating sushi, and daydreaming about Israel and camp.

Sydney Schoenholtz, Religious & Cultural Vice President
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Sydney Schoenholtz is NFTY GER’s Religious and Cultural VP for the 5777-5778 year! She is a senior at Marlboro High School and a tw- time NFTY GER songleader. She has served as RCVP for her Temple Youth Group, RTSY, for three terms. She has an impressive collection of Nalgene water bottles, and has watched The Office more times than any human should! She is really passionate about Judaism and applying it to her everyday life.

Sarah Friedman, Membership Vice President
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Sarah Friedman is a junior in high school and is serving as the Membership Vice President for 5777-5778. Sarah served as the Activities and Outreach chair her freshman year and worked as one of the Program Coordinators. She served as a Vice President of her TYG, SMOOCHY and attended Urban Mitzvah Corps. Sarah coached a special education cheerleading team and recently started an inclusive cheerleading team at her high school for students with and without disabilities.

Emily Chaleff, Northern Recruitment Vice President
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Emily Chaleff is ecstatic to serve as the NFTY-GER NRVP for the 5777-5778 year! She is a senior in high school and a proud member of JeshTY at Temple B’nai Jeshurun in Short Hills, New Jersey! When not at NFTY events, Emily can be seen playing softball or spending time outdoors! She has attended URJ Camp Harlam for many summers and also went on the NFTY in Israel L’Dor V’Dor trip in 2016!

Izzy Cotenoff, Central Recruitment Vice President
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Izzy Cotenoff is a senior from Maplewood, NJ, and is so excited to be serving as the Central Recruitment VP for this year! She is a proud member of her TYG, STISY, and has attended Camp Harlam for 7 wonderful summers. Izzy is a long-time lover of dogs and will stop to say hi to any that she sees. In her free time, Izzy can be found making terrible puns, taking photos, or coloring!

Ashleigh Alves, Southern Recruitment Vice President
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Ashleigh Alves is a senior from RTSY in Marlboro, NJ. So far, Ashleigh has loved her experience being in NFTY-GER, whether it was being a cabinet member or attending Urban Mitzvah Corps. When not enjoying her time at NFTY events, you can find Ashleigh volunteering with special needs kids, eating literally anything, or drinking Starbucks and Dunkin’ Donuts. In conjunction with falling asleep at 9PM, Ashleigh always finds time to Snapchat her 60+ streaks!

 Amy Heimowitz, Financial Vice President
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Amy Heimowitz is a junior from Monroe, NY. She is the former NFTY-GER rep of her TYG BETY, NFTY-GER’s 5776-5777 Marketing chair, an Urban Mitzvah Corps ‘16 alumni, and a URJ Kutz Camp '17 alumni. Amy spends as little time as possible at school but enjoys National Art Honor Society (NAHS). In her free time, Amy can be found sitting on her roof, playing guitar or appreciating the trees. She ecstatic to serve as your FVP!

Mitchell Friedman, Communications Vice President
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Mitchell Friedman is juiced up to be the Communications Vice President for NFTY-GER. Last year, he was a Vice President on SMOOCHY’s board. Mitchell has spent the past 7 summers at Camp Harlam and traveled to Europe and Israel on the NFTY L’dor V'dor program. Mitchell enjoys running Cross Country on Hillsborough High School’s team. When Mitchell has some extra time he is creating Spotify playlists, saving the bees, or tweeting something wacky.

NFTY Garden Empire 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 Regional Director of Youth Engagement who oversees all programs and administration. 


Melo Taylor