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Meet the International Executive Board

Dear USY,

My name is Zachary Zabib, and I am absolutely thrilled to be your 2018 International President and together, engage, empower, and inspire countless USYers.

I am a proud member of the mighty METNY region, and a member of the H2i chapter of the Sababa division. Now a senior, my USY journey began at METNY Encampment 2012 when I was in 7th grade. I had a fantastic time, but it wasn’t until #MyUSYMoment at my 8th Grade regional convention that I was actually hooked.

I stood in a room of about 30 members of the class of 2018 during Havdalah. We all got to say something with our candles and I remember that when it was my turn, I had 30 sets of eyes and ears waiting intently to hear what I had to say—that was when I knew I had found my family in USY.

As your president, it is my goal to make sure that moments like this are available and accessible not only to all current USYers, but to all Conservative Jewish teenagers. Everyone deserves to experience their ‘USY Moment,’ and together I know we can exceed our potential.

Thank you so much for this incredible opportunity to serve you and I know we will lay a foundation together for the future of USY.

B’Ahava (With love),

Zachary Zabib

Shalom USY,

My Name is Aaron Schwartz, and I am so ecstatic to serve as your 2018 Israel Affairs Vice President.

I am New York born and bred, part of the METNY region. Although METNY is my home, Ruach (Long Island division) is my family. On a Sunday afternoons, you can find me lounging and watching my favorite TV show The Office.

This year, I want to enhance everybody’s connections to Israel by enabling each person to have his or her own ‘Israel moment.’ These moments remind everyone of us why we love Israel, and why we want to educate others.

We need to change the way we view Israel by learning about everything that Israel has to offer. Furthermore, we must learn how to listen. Each person has their views and we should learn how to listen to each other in order to facilitate respectful conversations where everyone can share their opinions.

I will create an environment where everyone feels comfortable and safe to share his or her views and has the opportunity to speak their mind. I can’t wait to hear about your ‘Israel moment,’ and hopefully, make some new friends along the way.

Thanks- תודה,

Aaron Schwartz- שווארץ אהרון

Hello USY,

My name is Sawyer Goldsmith and I am absolutely thrilled and proud to serve as your 2018 International Religion Education Vice President!

I am a junior from the mighty CHUSY region, from BEANS USY (North Suburban Synagogue Beth El). If you happen to find me, and I’m not doing work for USY or school, I will most likely be working on some other project either for Keshet, or another organization I am passionate about.

I love advocating for human rights, art, and music. But I’m also fascinated by all things Jewish. Judaism for me is constantly changing, as is my view of the world. As the world changes, so do we, and we have to adapt.

This year, I envision us adapting in ways that fit us best. I know that each person is an individual, and each individual is different from another, therefore; we must adapt in ways that fit each individual personally. I hope to instill this in to USY and each of you.

I hope that we find passion in Judaism and in the ways that you create for ourselves. Join me and Jewish teens from around the world in developing our Jewish connections. We can find our own true essence of Judaism. I believe in us. Never stop believing.

With Pride -בגאווה,

Sawyer Goldsmith

Hey USY,

I am Emily Rosenberg and I cannot wait for an absolutely incredible year together while we learn about and take action for some really incredible causes. I truly believe social action and tikun olam are the coolest parts of USY, but maybe I am a little biased.

You can find me collecting coffee table books, doing crosswords, or dreaming about moving to a farm in Israel. If you ever want to talk about the best recipe to make your own deodorant/toothpaste or have a very clever pun, please reach out!

I have been involved with USY since 8th grade when I fell in love with the passion and excitement in the mighty Metropolitan New York Region, METNY. That feeling only deepened as I joined Wheels East 2014 and Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar G3 2017!

USY has shaped who I am and has led me to meet my forever friends. I also may have cried at a few slow ruach sessions and social action days, but who hasn’t?

This year, we will collaborate to educate each other on ways to make the world a better place; we will learn how to make our actions louder than our words. We will work tirelessly to ensure that our Tikun Olam money goes towards organizations that positively impact our local and global communities.

Much love – B’Ahava,

Emily Rosenberg

Oh hi, didn’t see you there!

My name is Ilan Cohen and I am honored to serve as your 2018 International Membership/Kadima Vice President.

I hail from the mighty mighty Seaboard region, from the greatest chapter in USY, Habirah DC at Adas Israel Congregation and am currently a junior. Outside of USY, you can find me playing guitar, reading Haaretz, or engaging in civil discourse whilst eating kale.

I joined USY at the end of 8th grade and was inspired by the power of the relationships, moments, and opportunities it provided. One of the most incredible aspects of USY is that we are a teen-led movement, by teens for teens, trying to change lives, one teen at a time. The interpersonal relationships we form empower us to engage others. They motivate teens to find their values, their causes, and to apply that passion to their lives. That is the power of USY.

There is a saying in Tehillim (the book of Psalms), Olam Chesed Yibaneh (we will build this world with love). This year I cannot single-handedly build our movement, so I need your help. Together we can, and together we will reimagine our relationships, reimagine our USY, and add a bit more love to everything we do.

Your friendly neighborhood Mem/Kad,

Ilan Spencer Cohen

Shalom y’all!

My name is Bayle Rebeca Block Goldman and I am honored, thrilled, and humbled to be serving as your 2018 Communications Vice President.

I hail from Houston, Texas in USY’s coolest region, SWUSY. I love eating cheese pizza, binge-watching Law and Order: SVU, sing-a-longs, and photography. In addition to USY, my high school years involved theatre, choir, dance, Student Council, improv, and serving as the editor for my school’s online newspaper. In college, I hope to study acting with a minor in journalism.

I fell in love with USY at my first Kadima convention in sixth grade. Like many other people, USY has changed my life for the better. Attending conventions and Wheels (shout out to Bus A 2017!), as well as holding chapter, regional, and international leadership positions have shaped me into the proud Jew I am.

USY brought me out of my shell and made me feel valued. Now, I strive to help others find the same connection.

This year, we are going to redefine how USYers stay connected. Through social media, we will strengthen bonds between USYers across the continent and show the world the amazing things we’re doing.

I look forward to working with each and every one of you this year to make that happen!

B’Ahava,

Bayle Goldman

Meet the International General Board

International Convention Co-Chairs

My name is Jacob Deane and I’m a senior from METNY. I enjoy blowing minds with magic, eating BBQ Pringles, and watching any movie with Jonah Hill in it. His smile is contagious and his laugh sounds like a dying cow. My dream is to successfully complete the Vermonster challenge and I am completely stoked for International

Hi USY! My name is Hannah Wandersman and I am SO pumped to be your 2018 International Convention Co-Chair!!

Since day one, USY has always been my home, giving me leadership opportunities, amazing life-long friends, and an outlet to explore my Jewish identity.

I live in the best region of all, the mighty Seaboard and am excited to be staying close to home to attend the University of Maryland in the fall. When I am not doing USY work, which is very rare, you can find me singing, watching Netflix, eating my favorite foods (cheese and chocolate) or sleeping. I can’t wait to party with everyone in Orlando at IC!

Summer Experience Outreach Chairs

My name is Shawn Konichowsky, and I’m a junior from Hagalil USY. I am thrilled to be serving on the IGB this year as a Summer Experiences Outreach Chair!

The whole reason that I am in USY, and why I pursued regional and international leadership is because of my experiences on USY summer trips. I can’t wait to help the cause and impact more lives with the power of USY.

Hi! My name is Ilana Richman and I am from Boca Raton, FL in the HaNegev region. I have had the privilege of participating on USY on Wheels Pacific Northwest in 2016 and USY Israel Pilgrimage/Poland Seminar in 2017.

Being able to experience two amazing summers with USY has truly sparked my love and passion for USY Summer Experience.

My name is Tali Schor and I am a junior from Long Island, NY. I am a proud and active member of the Ruach division and METNY region of USY. My amazing experiences on Wheels East 2015, Wheels Classic 2016, and Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage 2017 have sparked my involvement and love for USY.

I am so passionate about giving back to the community that has given so much to me, and am excited to give as many USYers as possible the opportunity to have the life-changing summers and USY moments that I did.

Israel Affairs Committee

Hi, I’m Samantha Brody, and I am a junior from the mighty region of CHUSY! I love Israel because it’s a state full of both modernity and incredible history, and I can’t wait to share my passion for Israel with all of USY.

I love creative writing, young adult novels, and listening to Tudo Bom by Static and Ben-El Tavori on repeat.

Hi, I’m Sam Burg. Currently, I am the Executive Israel Affairs V.P. for my chapter Natick USY at Temple Israel in Natick, MA. I am also serving as the AIPAC Coordinator on NERUSY’s Regional General Board. I absolutely love Israel.

Last year, I went on Eastern Europe/Israel Pilgrimage and had the summer of a lifetime. My goal this year on IGB is to reinvigorate USY’s Israel programming and train USYers to be successful pro-Israel advocates.

Hi all, I am Raz Yona one of your three committee members this year. I have served one complete term and currently serving my second term as the HERJC chapter as the chapter IA.

I am currently on divisional general board for the Ruach Division in METNY, on regional general board for METNY, and was a co-chair for Ruach divsion kinnus in METNY. I am a junior and participate in varsity sports such as soccer, track, and swimming. I am excited to be a part of International General Board this year, and I cannot wait to see all that we accomplish together as a team.

NOAM Olami Relations Chairs

I’m Nina Robins, a junior from the littest region in USY, Hagalil! When I’m not dedicating every hour of my life to chapter, regional, and international USY, you can find me dabbing excessively, oversleeping, drinking lots of bubble tea, and yelling random Spanish phrases!

Serving on NOAM Olami relations will be a fantastic opportunity to introduce USYers to global Conservative Judaism and engage with hundreds of incredible teens around the world. I’m so excited to bridge Masorti youth and USY together this year!

My name is Ilan Rotberg, and I hail from the great region of NERUSY, as well as the best chapter in all of USY, Temple Emanuel. I was born in Mexico City, but I currently live in Newton, MA.

I’m a junior and I love statistics, economics, neuroscience, and politics. Some of my hobbies include speech and debate, writing, and interfaith work. As your international NOAM representative, I believe that the Jewish experience ought to be extended to our brothers and sisters all over the world.

Religion/Education Committee

My name’s Ben Kane and I’m super excited to be on the Rel/Ed Committee for the 2018 year! I’m a sophomore from NERUSY, and I go to Camp Ramah in New England. I love to play ultimate and run track, and I play bass, piano, and several other different instruments. I’m looking forward to an amazing and successful year with USY!

Hi! I’m Noa Kligfeld. In addition to being on Rel/Ed IGB, I am proud to serve as Far West’s Rel/Ed VP. Outside of USY, I love theater, model congress, and books. I am so excited to help make USY a more Jewishly engaging, inspiring, and welcoming place!

Hey! I’m Shoshana Scheinberg from Hagalil and I am SO excited to serve on the Religion/Education IGB this year!! I was a חניכה (camper) at Ramah Berkshires for 8 years, and currently attend the Abraham Joshua Heschel High School in Manhattan.

In addition to USY, I play volleyball, basketball, and hockey. USY has been an outlet in which I have been able to explore and establish myself as a Conservative Jew, and I can’t wait for an incRE(L/E)Dible year of sharing my love for Judaism!!

Interfaith Chair

My name is Joshua Ezra Brunnlehrman and I am a junior METNY. I am extremely honored to be your interfaith co-chair for the 2018 year and can’t wait to create interfaith relationships. I can often be found having a fun time with friends or quietly reading Jewish books.

Social Action/Tikun Olam Committee

Hi! I’m Hailey Figur from the mighty HaNegev region in the Southeast! I’m so excited to be working and serving our USY communities on the Social Action and Tikun Olam International General Board!

You can usually find me listening to John Mayer or Chance the Rapper… while working on USY! I’m so excited to see what incredible change USY makes this year!

Shalom! My name is Zach Greenwald, and I’m from the region that started it all, EMTZA! This year I’ll be serving as Social Action point person on the SA/TO International General Board!

When I’m not livin’ it up in USY you can catch me fire burnin’ on the dance floor (oowoahhh), or studying away in my room. I love taking bubble baths, watching Gilmore Girls (over again), and making heavenly crépes. I’m excited for the next year and I can’t wait to see what it brings.

My name’s Izzy Levy and I’m a sophomore from Portland, Oregon in the poppin’, perfect, partyin’, pincredible region, Pinwheel!

When I’m not at a USY event or doing something USY related, you’ll probably find me doing theatre, eating (kosher) thai food, or watching The Office.

I am so incredibly honored and excited to be serving on your 2018/19 SA/TO Committee as the TO point person and I hope to help everyone love, appreciate, and become their own SA/TO this year!!

Hi!! I’m Anat Pissetzky, CHUSY Region’s SA/TO Vice President. I am so excited and honored to serve on the 2018 SA/TO IGB to help better the world around us!!

I love funky socks and houseparty-ing with my international USY friends!! I can’t wait to change the world with each and every one of you!

Development Chair

Shalom! I’m Sophia Sloves from the mighty Mizrach region, and I’m so excited to be serving as Development Chair on IGB this year! As Development Chair I will be working to strengthen our USY chapters.

I am an avid lover of all things USY, mac and cheese, and chocolate. USY has always been my community, and I am so excited for this upcoming year!

Membership/Kadima Committee

Hey USY! I’m Mira Katz from the tree hugging, buffalo loving perfect, poppin’ Pinwheel Region! I am a Junior who lives in Portland Oregon where I spend my time drinking coffee, hanging out with friends, and thrifting.

I am so incredibly excited to serve on the Membership/ Kadima committee and to accomplish incredible things!

Hi my name is Austin Kaufman, I’m a sophomore from Far West, and I like churros and Shabbos Walks on the beach.

I love making people laugh and I bring humor to everything I do. I can’t wait to bring my passion for USY to the international level this year!!

Hey USY! My name is Emily Kutler and I’m a junior from the one and only Omaha, Nebraska, in EMTZA! I love everything chocolate and I mostly spend my time thinking about where in the world I want to travel.

I can’t wait for the amazing year ahead of us and I am so beyond excited to be serving on the 2018 Membership/Kadima Committee!

Alumni Network Co-chairs

Hi USY! I’m Emma Grungold and I am proud to be an Alumni Outreach and Engagement co-chair. I am a sophomore from Plantation, FL which is in the best region in the USA and Canada, HaNegev.

I can’t wait to spend this year connecting with alumni from all over. When I am not at a convention or a weekly program with my BAUSY Bees, you can find me binging an entire series on Netflix, stressing over pre-calculus, and laughing at just about anything.

Hi everyone! I’m Demi Fine and I’m a sophomore from St. Louis, Missouri in the OG region that started it all, EMTZA!!

I’m so excited to be working towards creating a better connection with our network of alumni! When I’m not working on USY or traveling to conventions, you can find me hanging out with friends or in the dance studio busting a move!

I can’t wait for an absolutely amazing year serving all of USY and all of the Alumni as well!

Communications Committee

I’m Sam Adler, and I am so excited to spend this year on the Communications Committee! I am a junior straight outta Congregation B’nai Israel Tustin, in the greatest region in world, the region that never sleeps, Far West!

This year, I am on Far West’s Communications RGB, and I am also my chapter’s Communications Vice President. When I’m not living it up at a USY event, I’ll be spending time with friends, filming, or backpacking. I can’t wait to help bring USYers closer than ever this year.

If you knew anything about me, you would know that I’m obsessed with USY, probably spinning a fidget spinner, love to program as CHUSY’s Executive Vice President now CHUSY Regional President, as well as volunteering in my community.

To me, USY isn’t simply a youth group; USY is something that makes me feel lucky to be apart of, and for that reason, I, Maddie Brim am humbled & honored to spend 2018 COMMiteed to redefining how we effectively communicate apart of the Communications Committee.

Hi everyone! I’m Julia Feldman from Congregation Sha’are Shalom USY (part of the Seaboard Region), and I’m SO excited to serve on the 2018 Communications COMMittee!

I am currently Seaboard’s Communications Vice-President, and I have previously served two terms as Chapter Comm and held two positions on RGB.

Outside of USY, I’m a member of my school’s PEER mentoring group, French Club, Jewish Student Union, and Sources of Strength as well as a madricha at my religious school. In my limited free time, you’ll probably find me hanging out with friends at a local coffee shop.

What’s crackalackin’, USY? My name is Maddy Pollack and I’m a freshman from Seaboard.

I am my chapter’s Communications VP as well as one of two editors of our region’s monthly newsletter, the Seaboarder. I spend my free time telling the world’s best dad jokes and puns, binge-watching sitcoms, and taking Shabbos naps during the week.

I am so thankful to have the opportunity to be a part of this year’s Communications Committee as we reshape what it means to communicate and connect with USYers everywhere.

Hello everyone, my name is Zack Wolfman and I am a proud member of the communications committee on International General Board!

As a USYer I am currently Ruach USY’s Divisional Communications Vice President in METNY.  Outside of USY I play with my dog. I can’t wait for the great year ahead!

Hey USY! My name is Leah Miller, and I am USY’s blog coordinator on International General Communications Board.

I’m a junior from Hagalil, and I love singing when no one’s home, long naps, and movie theater popcorn!

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