Tampa teen elected to national board of NFTY
When Micah Friedman was recently elected to national board of the North American Federation of Temple Youth as religious and cultural vice president at the NFTY convention in California, he remained in a meeting for two hours, but word of his achievement spread to his parents in Tampa in a matter of moments.
“We cried. … I had a friend’s mom text me …then we heard from the Florida regional advisor. We were with family having dinner and the whole extended family with aunts and uncles and cousins in town. We were all crying and screaming and excited,” Cathy Friedman said. When Micah called later, she and husband Bob cried again.
Micah takes office this summer. “It is huge job and it is incredible to be able to represent an organization of more than 10,000 like-minded teens and to be able to work and dedicate my time for the future of Judaism in the United States,” he said.
“I have had some of the most powerful experiences and formed strong friendships with Jewish teens here and around the world,” he said.
In his role he will visit NFTY regional groups throughout North America and help with religious and cultural programming. He will also attend an international conference in Israel and a biennial NFTY meeting in San Diego.
Micah has been involved with NFTY, an affiliate of Union for Reform Judaism, for four years at Congregation Beth Am and this year served as local and regional religious and cultural vice president. Micah is a senior at King High School in Tampa.
“I am so proud of this kid,” said Lisa Cohen, his youth director for four years. She said he has done some exceptionally creative programming and several times filled in for Rabbi Jason Rosenberg to lead Torah studies and Shabbat services.
The Tampa Bay area was well represented at the national NFTY convention with three others in attendance. They are Aaron Root and Natalie Barman, both of Congregation Schaarai Zedek in Tampa, and Michelle Zemil of Temple Sinai in Sarasota. All are board members of the Southern Tropical Region. Sydney Schiff from Schaarai Zedek is also on the regional board but did not attend the convention.