Meet Our Regional Board

Eli Weitzman, President
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Hello! I’m Eli Weitzman, the 2019-2020 President for NFTY-PAR. I’m a senior from TEFTY, the youth group from Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, New Jersey, and super excited to now be leading the region.  I’ve been with the region for about three years now, and I hope to make this fourth one even better with all of you! While not at a NFTY event, I’ll most likely be reading a good sci-fi book, playing video games, working at my IT job, writing for my school’s newspaper, or just chilling out at home. I’m pumped to lead this year and cannot wait to see what we as a region do in this next year and beyond!


Anna Schwartz, Programming Vice President
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Hi NFTY-PAR! I’m Anna Schwartz and I’m so excited to work as your Programming Vice President this year! My goal this year is to create a vibe where everyone has fun and feels welcoming while also learning about and appreciating Judaism and social action. When not at NFTY events, on the bus to NFTY events, or working with kids at my synagogue, you can find me playing ultimate frisbee for my high school team. I spend my summers at URJ Camp Harlam and can’t wait to travel to Israel this summer with NFTY in Israel!


Mahayla Meyer, Social Action Vice President
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Hey NFTY-PAR! My name is Mahayla Meyer and I am beyond excited to serve as your Social Action Vice President this year! When I am not working on NFTY, talking about NFTY, or at NFTY events you can find me trying to sleep or spending time with my best friends aka my younger siblings. I also love exploring new places, getting involved in the latest political/social action project, exercising for probably too long, and hanging out in my small town of Lititz! I spend my summers at the amazing URJ Camp Harlam and I try to be outside as often as possible. If you ever need anything or have questions about NFTY or programming don’t be shy! I love meeting new people and I can’t wait to meet all of you!


Abby Hart, Religious & Cultural Vice President
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Hey y'all! My name is Abby Hart and I am so so so happy to be serving as your NFTY-PAR Religious and Cultural Vice President for this year. I’m a junior at Obama Academy of International Studies in Pittsburgh. Outside of NFTY, you can find me performing in many shows or taking musical theater classes on the weekends. During the summers I spend my time at URJ Camp Harlam, but this year I am going on a NFTY in Israel trip! You’ll rarely see me without my beloved water bottle (complete with piles and piles of stickers) and most of my conversations incorporate the words “howdy”, “y’all”, or “yeehaw”. I am so excited to meet all of y’all (see what I did there!) and can’t wait for this year! If you have any suggestions on anything involving services or Judaism, let me know! I love experimenting with new ideas and incorporate different styles into programming!


Shayna Saltzburg Membership Vice President
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Hi NFTY-PAR! My name is Shayna Saltzburg and I’m thrilled to be your Membership Vice President for this year. I am a junior at Plymouth Whitemarsh High School and have been apart of KIFTY since freshman year. If I’m not talking about NFTY or at a NFTY event, you can find me participating in my high school’s theater program, spending time with my camp friends from URJ Camp Harlam, watching extensive amounts of Netflix, or traveling. I spend my summers at URJ Camp Harlam. Don’t hesitate to reach out to talk to me about NFTY or life in general. I’m so excited to work with everyone this year!


Shayna Pellen, Fundraising Vice President
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Hey NFTY-PAR! My name is Shayna Pellen and I am beyond excited to be serving as your Fundraising Vice President this year! I am an uprising senior at AIM Academy and have loved being involved in SHAFTY and NFTY since I was a freshman. When I am not talking about NFTY, I love playing sports, hanging out with friends, and making people laugh. I spend my summers at URJ Camp Harlam and love meeting new people! I am so excited to work alongside the NFTY-PAR Board to make this year the best! If you have any ideas or questions surrounding fundraising/merchandise, please don't hesitate to send me an email!


Rachel Eisenman, Communications Vice President
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Hey NFTY-PAR! My name is Rachel Eisenman and I am so excited to serve as your Communications Vice President for the upcoming year! When I'm not talking to my NFTY friends, I am probably looking for promotion ideas online for either NFTY-PAR or my school yearbook. I live outside of Philly in Erdenheim, Pennsylvania and am a proud member of KIFTY in Elkins Park! I spend my summers at URJ Camp Harlam and I am very excited to be a CIT this summer. I am very passionate about gun violence prevention and I am very active in my community advocating causes I believe in. I am so excited for what the upcoming year brings and can't wait to meet more PARites!


NFTY Pennsylvania Area 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 who oversees all programs and administration.


Amanda Wachstein