NFTY Southern 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 Advisor who oversees all programs and administration.

Meet our Regional Board

Lily Ragals, President Email Lily

Hi everyone! My name is Lily Ragals and I am so excited to be the 2021-2022 NFTY-SAR Regional President! I am a senior at Dunwoody High School in Dunwoody, GA and am a proud member of TEFTY at Temple Emanu-El in Atlanta. Outside of NFTY events, you can find me working on art projects, cooking, or hanging out with my dog, Bosco. I am so thrilled to be leading this region on board for the second time and I cannot wait to see all of the amazing things our movement accomplishes!

Stella Smolowitz, Programming Vice President Email Stella






Hi! I’m Stella Smolowitz and I’m your 2021-2022 NFTY-SAR Programming Vice President! I’m a senior and I live in the Queen City: Charlotte, NC! I’ve been involved in NFTY since 6th grade and I’ve fallen in love with the community. Some things I like to do outside of NFTY are scrapbooking, running, watching sunsets with friends, and playing with my dog!

Lola Bessoff, Social Action Vice President Email Lola






Hey, SAR!  I’m Lola Bessoff and I’m super excited to be serving as your social action vice president this year! I’m a Senior at River Ridge High School in Woodstock. (Go Knights!!) When I’m not at school or with NFTY SAR, I’ll probably be hiking, jamming out to One Direction, or rewatching the entire series of New Girl. I can’t wait to work with you all in discovering our passions and creating the magic of Camp Jenny! Feel free to reach out to me at any point this year! I love you, SAR!

Savannah Garst, Religious & Cultural Vice President Email Savannah

Shalom NFTY SAR!! My name is Savannah Garst, and I am so excited to be your Religious and Cultural Vice President for the 5781-5782 year. I am in GREFTY, the TYG out of Greenville, and I have been MVP, as well as President of GREFTY. Besides my involvement with NFTY and GREFTY, in my free time you can find me at the lake, thrifting, or hanging out with friends. Feel free to reach out anytime- I would love to talk to each one of yall!! I am so excited to make this year “Sweet as Honey, ” NFTY SAR.

Nikki Skyer, Membership Vice President Email Nikki

Hey SAR!! My name is Nikki Skyer and I am a senior from Johns Creek, GA. I am so pumped to be serving as your regional MVP, but I can’t forget my roots as a proud member of CDTTY. Aside from all things NFTY, I love to spend my time listening to music or hanging out with friends. I am so excited for all of the amazing things to come this year!

Emily Adamo, Communications Vice President  Email Emily

Shalom NFTY SAR! My name is Emily Adamo and I am your 2021-2022
Regional CVP! I live in Charlotte, NC and I’m a proud LIBERTYite! Go
Llamas! This year, I am a senior at Weddington High School. I love
spending time with friends and family, watching cheesy rom-coms and
playing around with my camera (which you’ll almost never find me
without) I love you, SARites!

Meet Our Regional Staff

Rabbi Andrew H. Terkel


Rabbi Andrew Terkel was born and raised in Broken Arrow, Oklahoma, and grew up active in his synagogue, NFTY-TOR, and URJ Greene Family Camp….

Jessie Schwartzman


Jessie Schwartzman is an engagement professional excited to take on a brand-new combined position with JumpSpark and the URJ. She is a recent graduate of Florida State University’s school of…