I am so thrilled to be in my new role as the NFTY Midwest
Area Associate Manager, and therefore get to be working with the enthusiastic
teens from NFTY CAR and five other NFTY regions all throughout the
Midwest. Before beginning this role, I
worked on the Reform Teen Initiative in St. Louis – here, I spent 2 years
building an initiative focused on teen engagement. I had the opportunity to run middle school
programs, immersive experiences, and leadership trainings.
My passion for working in the Reform Jewish professional
world began when I was growing up. I was
an active member of NFTY Missouri Valley in middle and high school, making
friendships and memories with other Jewish teens from across Missouri,
Illinois, Iowa, Kansas, and Colorado. I
also grew up attending URJ Goldman Union Camp Institute. Here, I truly found my Jewish identity, and I
can confidently say I wouldn’t be the Jewish adult I am today if it weren’t for
Jewish summer camp.
With these past experiences, I’m thrilled to be working at
the URJ with a variety of Jewish teen leaders and youth professionals who are
also excited and passionate to bring NFTY, the reform youth movement, to their
communities, and truly watch it thrive.
Even more so, in my first month, I have been blown away by the
incredible leadership teens in Chicago show, and have enjoyed being welcomed
into the community.
When I’m not gushing about Reform Jewish teens, you can find
me working out at Orange Theory Fitness, eating ice cream, or talking about how
much I love KU Basketball (Rock Chalk!)
Stacy Bernstein is the NFTY Midwest Area Associate Manager
at the URJ. She oversees six regions:
Chicago, Missouri Valley, Ohio Valley, Northern, Northeast Lakes, and
Michigan. Stacy went to the University
of Kansas where she studied Elementary Educator and was an elementary school
teacher for 2 years in Topeka, KS before coming back to St. Louis to work with
the Reform Teen Initiative. Stacy is
thrilled to have made this leap in her career and is excited to get to continue
meeting enthusiastic professionals in the Chicago area.