Meet our Regional Board

Charlie Forstein, President
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Hi NFTY-SAR! My name is Charlie Forstein and I am so thrilled to serve as your 5778-5779 President! I am from Greenville, South Carolina and I am a proud member of GREFTY (go goats)! When I am not at NFTY-SAR events, you can find me running, napping or day dreaming about the next NFTY event. You can also spot me trying to find the newest food trends or talking non stop! Please feel free to reach out to me with any questions you may have or just to talk:). I can't wait for an incredible year with all of you!


Nolan Siegel, Programming Vice President
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Shalom, NFTY-SAR! My name is Nolan Siegel, and I'm beyond honored to serve as your 5778- 5779 Programming Vice President! I'm a Senior at the Weber School in Sandy Springs, Georgia, but I went to Centennial High School in Roswell, Georgia, for my freshman and sophomore years. Outside NFTY, while at Centennial, I played trumpet in the marching, jazz, and concert bands; and since transferring to Weber, I've focused on playing guitar, building my skills to songlead for our region. In addition, I'm a certified lifeguard and an Eagle Scout who knows a mere six knots! If you ever want to talk about NFTY, programming, or anything else, please feel free to email, text, call, kik, or write me (via the Pony Express or a carrier pigeon). If you ever want to catch up, chances are I'll be wearing a Camp Coleman or NFTY shirt, so I shouldn't be too hard to find. 🙂 I can't wait to work with you, NFTY-SAR!


Jake Forstein, Social Action Vice President
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Shalom Y'all! My name is Jake Forstein and I am the NFTY-SAR Social Action Vice President for the 2018-2019 school year. I come from both Greenville, SC and New York City! My favorite things to do (besides NFTY) are eating ice cream, playing with my dogs, and watching Netflix. I served on youth group board for 2 years and as Membership Vice President of the region last year. In addition, I was a participant at both Kutz17 & Kutz18. I'm so excited for the upcoming year and can't wait to see all the change we can make as a region. If you'd like to contact me, you can find me on Facebook, Snapchat, Instagram, Twitter, or you can email me at the email address above. See you soon, SAR!


Cleo Gilmore, Religious & Cultural Vice President
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What's up SAR! I'm Cleo Gilmore, your Religious and Cultural Vice President here in NFTY-SAR for the years 2018-2019! I am a native Floridian in Jacksonville, where I've been part of JAFTY since 8th grade. If I'm not reading Torah, you can find me doing yoga, gardening, journaling, or meditating on the beach! Judaism is the biggest part of my identity and life, and I hope to help you guys nurture your love for our shared religion! I'm always available for long theological talks about Judaism and life. Also, if you're ever up for some yoga just let me know! It's always a good time for yoga. This next year of NFTY is going to ROCK! Don't hesitate to contact me with comments or suggestions about anything that could make your NFTY experience more enjoyable! 🙂


Eliana Deckner-Glick, Membership Vice President
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Hi NFTY-SAR! My name is Eliana Deckner-Glick and I'm so incredibly excited to serve as your 5778-5779 Membership Vice President (MVP). I'm a senior in the CCCEPA program at Pebblebrook High School and an active member in my TYG KEFTY, where I served as their Fundraising Vice President last year. When I'm not obsessing over my next NFTY event you can usually find me outside, hanging out with my friends or most commonly at IHOP. This year I, of course, want to increase membership with both old and new members, but I also want to strengthen the connection NFTYites feel with each other. I can't wait to share in a great year with you all!


Danielle Gioia, Communications Vice President 
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Hey NFTYS SAR! My name is Danielle Gioia and I am thrilled to be your Communications Vice President for the 5778-5779 year! I am a senior at Northview High School in Johns Creek, Georgia where I participate in Northview's mentorship program, TAG internship, and varsity lacrosse. I am also actively involved in Congregation Dor Tamid and their youth group, CDTTY (MOOOO!!). When I am not enjoying the Jewish atmosphere, I love to hang with my friends, watch netflix, eat, and sleep. If you have any questions, or you just want to talk please feel free to email, text, DM, Snapchat, or call me at anytime! I can't wait for this incredible year ahead!

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 Staff

Adam Griff

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From Cleveland to Denver, Boulder to Atlanta, Adam has worked to engage and inspire Jewish teens across the county. While in high school, he…