I am so excited to be joining the Springboard team as the
Teen Engagement Manager. Ever since I was an intern at the JUF in college
(shout out to the Lewis Summer Internship program), I have dreamed of working
at the JUF and supporting the Chicago Jewish community.
I am originally from Oak Park, a suburb just west of
Chicago. My home synagogue, Oak Park Temple, was always a special place for me
and the space that felt like my second home. Before high school, my entire
Jewish world was based in Oak Park. However, the summer before my freshman year, my entire life changed when I attended my first NFTY event.
The event was a five-day retreat called Summer Kallah. In those five
days, my Jewish identity and interest in being a leader in my community was
suddenly roused. After that one retreat, I began to connect with Jewish teens
from all around the Chicago area and the country. I went on to serve as the
NFTY Chicago Programming Vice President and President. I even met my husband in
NFTY and majored in Jewish studies at the University of Wisconsin-Madison
because of the impact NFTY had on my life.
I am so thankful that my parents signed me up for my first
NFTY event. Some days I look back at my life and think about how different
things would have been if I had not gotten involved with NFTY and my temple
That is why I am thrilled to be on the Springboard team.
The opportunity to connect Jewish teens with programs and opportunities that
have the potential to change their entire lives and inspire them to explore the
Jewish identity is what drives me each day to do this important work. Each
person that Springboard helps to connect with a meaningful Jewish
experience is incredible. Whether it’s through TOV Teens, USY, JSC, NFTY, BBYO,
Keshet, summer camp, or the dozens of other Jewish opportunities for teens in
the Chicago area, I am excited to help each teen find the program or multiple
programs that will leave a positive and lasting impact on their life.
When I’m not connecting Jewish teens with programs, you can
usually find me baking bread, playing with my new puppy, or trying to find the
tastiest taco in Chicago. I recently moved from Chicago to Evanston and love
exploring the beautiful parks nearby.
Before working at Springboard, I was OSRUI Assistant Director and NFTY Chicago Regional Director. Prior to
that, I worked at Temple Jeremiah in Northfield as the Youth and Family
Engagement Director. I attended the University of Wisconsin-Madison (go
Badgers!) and earned a Bachelor of Arts degree in Jewish Studies and
International Studies. While in college, I worked as the youth director at
Temple Beth El in Madison, WI and served as a student representative on the UW Hillel board. I am currently pursuing my Masters
in Jewish Professional Studies from Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership.