Meet Our Regional Board
Ella Rockoff, President
Hey NFTY Southern! I’m Ella Rockoff, your 5779-5780 regional president. I am from Jackson, Mississippi and I am a proud member of BITY! I love to sleep, do competitive theatre, and babysit! My favorite color is yellow and I’m a huge Kacey Musgraves fan. I am so beyond excited for this next year with all of y’all! I’ve been in love with this community since I was in sixth grade, and it has become a vital part of my life. If y’all ever have any questions or want to talk about Project Runway, Chilling Adventures of Sabrina, or anything at all, don’t hesitate to reach out!
Lauren Cohen, Programming Vice President
Hey y’all!! I’m Lauren Cohen and I’m from Atlanta, Georgia. I’m so excited to be NFTY SO’s 2019- 2020 PVP! I can’t wait to write programs that embody the life and energy of the south. I love this board and I love NFTY SO! Get ready y’all because this year is about to be amazing!
Ben Wilkins, Social Action Vice President
Hey everyone! My name is Ben Wilkins. I am from New Orleans, Louisiana where I attend Lusher Charter School as a senior. I have been attending JYG and NFTY events since middle school, as well as Jacobs Camp since Garin. I am an active member of Touro Synagogue where I work as an assistant teacher at religious school. It is my first time serving on regional board, and I am so excited to get to work and collaborate with many of you so we can create some real change in the near future.
Yehuda Potash, Religious & Cultural Vice President
Hi, my name is Yehuda Potash, and I am currently the RCVP of NFTY-So, where I will be leading services and Jewish cultural events for the region. The son of Mordecai and Michelle Potash, I was born in New York City, but grew up in New Orleans, where I still live today. I am going to be a senior next year at Benjamin Franklin High School in New Orleans. I was the RCVP for JewCCY, the New Orleans TYG. Besides doing NFTY-So, I have done speech and debate since I was a Freshman, and I will go to nationals for the 3rd year in a row.
Julia Sager, Membership Vice President
Hey y’all! My name is Julia Sager and I am the new Membership Vice President for NFTY-SO! I will be a senior at Runnels School in Baton Rouge, Louisiana. I am a current member of my school’s track and powerlifting teams. I even won first place at state last year and look forward to defending my title! I have attended Henry S. Jacobs Camp since I was 5 years old and plan to spend many more summers there! My favorite camp activity is song session and I don’t think I have ever left camp with my full voice. I can’t wait for this year and I’m so excited to meet each and every one of y’all!
Emma Benjamin, Communications Vice President
Hey y’all! My name is Emma Benjamin, I’m a senior from New Orleans, Louisiana and I’m so excited to be y’alls communications vice president this year! I love NFTY-SO and am so excited to be on regional board again! I can’t wait to make new memories with y’all!
NFTY Southern 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.