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Introducing the NFTY-MAR Regional Board 2020-2021 Candidates

Introducing the NFTY-MAR 2020-2021 Regional Board Candidates 


One of the best aspects of NFTY as a movement is that we are actively teen lead. These 11 amazing candidates are our future and they will work in partnership with our adult leadership to develop and implement new contributions to our community. This is your movement. We encourage you to thoroughly evaluate each candidate’s ideas and visions for NFTY.

We highly encourage every MARite to review every document below each candidate. This includes their Letter of Intent, Program Summary, and Video Speech. Even if you won’t be present at Spring Kallah, use this to your advantage and voice your opinion with your voting body before they go to elections. If you will be present at election, it is to your benefit to watch them before you arrive, as speeches will NOT be shown at the event.

As you look at this page, please remember that every candidate met the same criteria to run, every candidate has made a huge commitment to our movement, every candidate should be judged solely on their platform, every candidate is strong, and every candidate is a NFTYite.


Candidates for NFTY Mid-Atlantic President

Avery Sloan Temple Beth Or, Raleigh, NC – RALFTY

Hi, I’m Avery Sloan (she/her) and I am a junior from Apex, North Carolina. I am so excited to be running to be your NFTY MAR president with a drop down for Religious and Cultural Vice President. I am currently a Spiritual Engagement Chair and RALFTY’s Religious and Cultural VP. When I’m not writing a D’var or at a MAR event, you can find me competing on my school’s debate team or crafting tweets for all 49 of my followers.

What is your superpower? I am oddly talented at the imessaging game Word Hunt as I have won 275 times and counting. If anyone wants to play I am always down.

What is the name of your autobiography? I would title my book A Very Good Read, because it is punny, hopefully factual, and since I, as of right now, have little name recognition this could be the attention grabbing title necessary to pull my audience in.

Read Avery’s Letter of Intent
Read Avery’s Program Summary
Watch Avery’s Speech

*If not elected for Regional President, Avery is planning to drop down and declare her candidacy for Religious and Cultural Vice President

Avi Holzman Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, Reston, VA – NOVTY

Hey NFTY-MAR, My name is Avi Holzman (He/Him) I am a Junior from NOVTY and this year I am running to be your next regional president. When I am not at NFTY I spend my days practicing bass, playing basketball, and reading books. My dream is to hike the Israel trail and live outside for a whole year. Overall, I am a goofy boy that just wants to bring some joy to all Jews and goys.

What is your superpower? Being able to tell my body what time to wake up in the morning, and then waking up at that time without an alarm clock.

What is the name of your autobiography? The memoirs of an Avicado.

Read Avi’s Letter of Intent
Read Avi’s Program Summary
Watch Avi’s Speech

*If not elected for Regional President, Avi is planning to drop down and declare his candidacy for Programming Vice President

Noah SimonTemple Beth Shalom, Annapolis, MD – BAYTY

My name is Noah Simon (he/him), and I am so excited to be running for your next President!  I am a junior from BAYTY, and I am proud to be the incumbent RCVP of NFTY-MAR! When not doing NFTY stuff or schoolwork, I teach music at my synagogue’s religious school. I went to Kutz last summer, and I can’t wait to be a Machon at my home summer camp 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy East this summer! In my free time, you can usually find me coding or playing Minecraft. We’re all in the same boat right now, so please get in touch with me sometime, I’d love to catch up

What is your superpower? If I could choose anything? Teleportation, so I wouldn’t be late to places all the time. 🙂 But if it has to be something I actually have, definitely perfect pitch; it helps a lot when practicing/playing music.

What seat in the car are you and why? Definitely the passenger seat. Because the passenger is able to mess around with the GPS, mess with the media player and the AC, help the driver navigate, and talk to the people in the back, while the driver can only focus on one thing – the road.

Read Noah’s Letter of Intent
Read Noah’s Program Summary
Watch Noah’s Speech

*If not elected for Regional President, Noah is planning to drop down and declare his candidacy for Religious and Cultural VP. 


Candidates for NFTY Mid-Atlantic Programming Vice President

Noa Glashow Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA – TRSTY

Shalom! I’m Noa Glashow (she/her), and I’m a junior from northern Virginia. I love deepening my connection with Judaism by spending time at temple attending services as well as serving as TRSTY’s current Programming Vice President. Some of my favorite pastimes include late-night water-coloring, doing cool flips with my gymnastics team, and listening to conspiracy theory podcasts!

What is your superpower? My superpower is baking too many cakes and then not eating them (hmu for a free cake)

What is the name of your autobiography? A for effort

Read Noa’s Letter of Intent
Read Noa’s Program Summary
Watch Noa’s Speech

Owen Rice Judea Reform Congregation, Durham, NC – DRTY

I’m Owen Rice (he/him), and I’m super excited to be running for regional PVP! A few things that I love to do outside of NFTY are camping, watching sports, and going on runs with my dog, Jasmine Rice (pun intended). I run cross country and track for my school, and I also work as a math tutor. I’m very excited to be running for PVP, and I can’t wait for next year!

What is your superpower? My superpower is that I always have a positive attitude, and I’m good at spreading it to others. 

What seat in the car are you and why? I am the removable first-row middle seat in a minivan, because you can insert me into unfamiliar situations and I will fit in and make myself useful. 

Read Owen’s Letter of Intent
Read Owen’s Program Summary
Watch Owen’s Speech

Samara Tanner Beth El Hebrew Congregation, Alexandria, VA – BEFTY

Hey NFTY-MAR! My name is Samara Tanner (she/her) and I am so excited to be running for your Programming Vice President! I’m a rising junior from BEFTY in Alexandria, VA, and can often be found reminiscing about all of the great memories I’ve made at URJ programs (RIP Kutz! RIP Heller High Aviv ‘20!). When not actively engaging in my Judaism, I enjoy hanging out with friends, swimming at ungodly hours in the morning, and hyping up my school’s girl’s basketball team.

What is your superpower? I never run out of energy, even after pulling an all-nighter.

What seat in the car are you and why? I usually sit in the front passenger seat because that’s the only seat in the car that I can fall asleep in. Plus, most of the time I get to pick the music! 

Read Samara’s Letter of Intent
Read Samara’s Program Summary
Watch Samara’s Speech


Candidates for NFTY Mid-Atlantic Social Action Vice President

Ilene KrugerTemple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA – TRSTY

Hi MAR! I’m Ilene Kruger (she/her) and I’m a junior from Arlington, VA.  When not thinking up sick ways to get the region excited about inclusion on Cabinet, you can usually find me aggressively supporting my TYG, TRSTY, or proclaiming my love for rock climbing at the local rock climbing gym. I also enjoy playing the guitar, clarinet, saxophone, and ukulele, but none of them well. Please let me know if you want to say hi or know another instrument I should play!

What is your superpower? I have a really good sense of direction. I can be anywhere and never get lost! This transfers over to making hard decisions; I have a strong inner voice that tells me what to do.

What seat in the car are you and why? The middle seat. Although this may seem uncomfortable to some, it’s the best way to hear everyone in the car and you are the closest to all the people you are with! I love to hear everyone’s perspective on an issue or topic and reach out to everyone in the region so they can be included in the conversation. 

Read Ilene’s Letter of Intent
Read Ilene’s Program Summary
Watch Ilene’s Speech

Jacob WesokyNorthern Virginia Hebrew Congregation, VA – NOVTY

I’m Jacob Wesoky (he/him), and I like running, eating watermelons, and Tikkun Olam. For the past two years, I’ve served as MAR’s Social Action Chair. This year, I was also on the food waste prevention task force, I attended Mechina and L’taken,  and I was (kind of) the Western MSAC. Some of the many social justice issues that I’m passionate about include: climate justice, gun violence prevention, and migrants’ rights. My favorite things to do are: hang out with NFTY friends, play with my dogs, and call my legislators 🙂

What is your superpower? With my extreme passion and energy, my superpower is to turn any activity or conversation into a fun, hype, and memorable experience.

What is the name of your Autobiography? My autobiography would be titled “Linguini” for many reasons. First, it is the name of the protagonist in Ratatouille, which is a movie about following your dreams (also one of the best movies ever made). Additionally,  as a runner, I really really like pasta and my motto is “eat pasta run fasta”.

Read Jacob’s Letter of Intent
Read Jacob’s Program Summary
Watch Jacob’s Speech


Candidates for NFTY Mid-Atlantic Religious and Cultural Vice President

Linnie Ulick – Har Sinai Congregation, Owings Mills, MD – HASTY

I’m Linnie Ulick (she/her), I’m a junior from Owings Mills, Maryland and I’m running to be your Religious and Cultural Vice President! When I’m not in my school band room, you could find me reading philosophy books that don’t always make sense, grooving on the drum set, or being my friends’ Uber driver.

What’s your superpower?  I’d like to think it’s knowing the exact vibe when I have the aux chord… other’s may not agree.

What do you think of when you hear the word “chair?” I think of when my 8th grade geometry teacher would say, “take a sit,” instead of “take a seat” because she didn’t want anyone to take a chair from her class. What a goose. 

Read Linnie’s Letter of Intent
Read Linnie’s Program Summary
Watch Linnie’s Speech


Candidate for NFTY Mid-Atlantic Communications Vice President

Noah Volin Judea Reform Congregation, Durham, NC – DRTY

Hello NFTY MAR! My name is Noah Volin (he/him) and I am a junior from DRTY. I go to Durham School of the Arts where I focus on 3D art, like sculpture, and technical theatre. I am running to be your CVP for the 5780-5781 school year. When I’m not doing NFTY I can be found loving plants, hanging out with good friends, or volunteering in my local community.

What is your favorite superpower? My superpower is the ability to fall asleep anytime, anywhere.

What seat in the car are you and why? I’m definitely the passenger seat the the car. I can make an epic playlist for any trip and happily take on the responsibility of snack master.

Read Noah’s Letter of Intent
Read Noah’s Program Summary
Watch Noah’s Speech


Candidate for NFTY Mid-Atlantic Membership Vice President

Sarah Kazden Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA – TRSTY

Hi I’m Sarah. I am an 11th grader from Virginia and I use she/her/hers pronouns. My favorite color is pink and my favorite food is chicken nuggets (dinosaur shaped only). The stegosaurus is my favorite chicken nugget. Besides NFTY I swim for my school and summer teams. At nfty you’ll catch me with my stuffed octopus named Inky. I also enjoy anything fuzzy and my huggle (fuzzy sweatshirt) is my most prized possession.

What is your superpower? If I could choose my superpower, I would choose to have the power of a thrifting catalog in my head. How it would work is that I think of an item of clothing that I want to thrift and then a picture of a thrift store that had that item would pop into my head and then I could go get it. This would enable me to thrift anything I wanted with ease!! (idk if that’s what it’s supposed to be)

What seat in the car are you and why? I am the front seat of the car but only in super vintage cars with the cool bench that can fit a bunch of people instead of regular seats. This is because I’m super into everything old school like music and movies and fashion etc. They can also fit more people than a regular seat which goes with my extroverted personality. 

Read Sarah’s Letter of Intent
Read Sarah’s Program Summary
Watch Sarah’s Speech