Meet Our Regional Committee
Sarah Meadows, Committee Chair
Shalom! My name is Sarah Meadows and I am so excited to serve as your 2018-2019 NFTY-MI Committee Chair! I am a senior at Mt. Pleasant High School where I participate in the Swim and Dive team and Competitive Cheer team. I am currently on Student Senate and am a member of National Honor Society. This past summer was my tenth at OSRUI, and this past spring I spent eight weeks on a study abroad program called Alexander Muss High School in Israel. I am a member of Temple Benjamin in Mt. Pleasant, as well as Congregation Shaarey Zedek in East Lansing where I am a student and a madricha. I can’t wait for an amazing year and I’m excited to see what this year brings!
Shira Schadick, Programming Chair
Shalom NFTY-MI! My name is Shira Schadick and I’m so excited to be your 2018-2019 Programming Chair. I’m a senior at Forest Hills Central High School where I’m involved in Science Olympiad and National Honors Society. In my freetime I enjoy hanging out with my friends and listening to music. I’ve been going to OSRUI since I was 10 years old, and this past summer I was part of the Avodah Corps Program where I spent each day cleaning camp. I’m really looking forward to creating fun and meaningful programs this year and getting to meet a lot of new people.
Nathan Moskowitz, Social Action Chair
Hey NFTY-MI. I’m Nathan Moskowitz and I’m so excited to be this year’s Social Action Chair. I am a senior at The Roeper School where I love to play soccer, compete in forensics and perform in musicals. In my free time you can find me thinking up molecular gastronomy recipes and designing menus or even cooking in the kitchen. I also attend Temple Shir Shalom in West Bloomfield. I am so excited to spend this year with you all as we continue to build this program.
Ari Mabry, Religious and Cultural Chair and Regional Songleader
Shalom NFTY-Michigan! I’m Ari Mabry and I’m honored to be the Religious and Cultural Chair for NFTY-MI. I’m a senior at Pioneer High School in Ann Arbor. Also, I’m part of Temple Beth Emeth, Ann Arbor. In my free time I love playing guitar and listening to music! I just got back from an astounding summer at Kutz and Mechina and can’t wait for the year ahead. I’m excited for some inspiring song sessions and services to bring people together!
Gabby Bates, Membership Chair
My name is Gabby Bates and I am so excited to be your Membership Chair for 2018-2019!! I am a Senior at Forest Hills Central High School in Grand Rapids, where I am on both the Varsity Sideline and Competition Cheer teams. I am also an active member of my High School DECA team, and a volunteer youth cheer coach for our 3rd and 4th graders in our district. I have also worked as a madricha for the United Jewish School in Grand Rapids on Sundays. I have served as GRTY president and I am so excited to help restart GRTY and connect Grand Rapids Jewish teens to the greater Michigan Jewish “teen scene.” I was very involved with my temple middle school youth program in Seattle, where I lived for many years before my family relocated to Western Michigan in 2014. Seeing how wonderful and active NFTY was in the Pacific Northwest inspired me to get involved with NFTY Michigan and I am really looking forward to growing our membership while bonding with Jewish teens across the state!
Abby Rapaport, Communications Chair
Shalom NFTY-MI! My name is Abby Rapoport and I am so excited to be your Communications Chair for the 2018-2019 school year! I am currently a Junior at East Grand Rapids High School, and this is my second year being involved with NFTY-MI. Before that, I attended events in other regions like NFTY-CAR, where I love spending time with some of my best friends!
NFTY Michigan is governed by a committee of teen leaders who are appointed to serve a one-year term. Regional committee members play a critical role in all aspects of running the region including event planning and marketing. The regional committee is mentored by a Regional Youth Specialist who oversees all programs and administration.