Meet Our Regional Board

Izzy Lashley, President
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Izzy is so excited to be serving as NFTY-NEL President for the 5780-5781 year! She is from Cleveland, Ohio and is in TEMTY! Izzy is a senior at Brush High school and is on the academic team. When she isn’t doing homework or with her friends, she skis, plays with dogs and makes playlists on apple music! She attend Goldman Union Camp Institute in the summer! She can’t wait to have a great time with NFTY-NEL throughout this year!


Carly Beard, Programming Vice President
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Carly Beard is so excited to be serving you as Programming Vice President for this year! She is a grade 12 from Toronto, who is a member of MHarZy! At school, Carly is usually involved in some sport, whether it is rugby, flag football or field hockey, she loves trying new activities. She is learning the guitar and hopes to be able to play for the NEL region one day! You can also find Carly in the kitchen cooking up a storm and trying to learn how to bake properly. Carly has been with NFTY-NEL since grade 7 and is always counting down the days until she can be with her friends and the amazing community. 

Nathan Wallens, Social Action Vice President
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Nathan Wallens is a Sophomore at Grand Island High School. He plays lacrosse and is a dishwasher at Eldens Country Club. His favorite subject in school is spanish and he loves to spend his days in the summer swimming and fishing. Nathan Wallens is excited to be this years NFTY-NEL Social Action Vice President.

Tovah Elia, Religious and Cultural Vice President 
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Tovah Elia is currently in 11th grade at Solon High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Tovah belongs to Temple Emanu El, and serves as one of their current Religious and Cultural Vice Presidents. She loves to play guitar and basketball in her free time. Tovah is excited to be the NFTY NEL RCVP for the 2020-2021 year.

Nathan Kaplan,  Membership Vice President
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Nathan Kaplan is from TBaZY in Buffalo NY and goes to Clarence High School as a senior. At school, Nathan plays soccer and does track. For fun he loves to travel the world, scuba dive, go on safaris, and ski with his family! Previously, he was on his TYG board and regional board as PVP. He has attended three North American events and two summers at the URJ Kutz leadership camp. He is so excited to be your MVP!

Nikki Davis, Communications Vice President
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Nikki Davis is from ACTY in Cleveland and is beyond excited to be serving as your regional Communications Vice President for the upcoming year! Other than being active in the Jewish community, she loves to go on spontaneous adventures with her friends, do art, exercise, and try new food. Nikki can’t wait for this next year and to be able to spent time with her favorite group of people.

Sam Klein, Nebbish
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Sam Klein is currently in 11th grade at Shaker Heights High School in Cleveland, Ohio. Sam belongs to Temple Tifereth-Israel, and serves on their social action board. He plays Lacrosse, loves baseball, sports, and politics. Sam is excited to serve as the NFTY-NEL Nebbish  for the 2020-2021 year.

NFTY Northeast Lakes 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 Advisor who oversees all programs and administration. 


Stacy Bernstein


Stacy is a St. Louis native, and grew up at Goldman Union Camp Institute (GUCI). She was involved in NFTY Missouri…