Meet Our Regional Board

Fletcher Block, President
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Fletcher Block is a senior from sunny San Diego. Fletcher enjoys harmonizing on his kazoo, drinking water from his HydroFlask, and laying in his hammock. After serving as SOCAL MVP, Fletcher cannot wait to lead the region as President! While he is known to be very energetic and full of ruach, Fletcher takes much pride in his ability to nap. He loves leadership and working with others, as he is very active in the leadership of his temple community, as well as his school community. After getting home from Kutz this summer, Fletcher is stoked to kick off the NFTY year! Fletcher loves NFTY and is very excited to make this year spectacular!


Ben Haberman, Programming Vice President
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Ben Haberman is a senior at Rancho Bernardo High School in San Diego, CA. When not at NFTY you can find him on the swings, with friends, or his awesome parents. He makes it his goal to know the entire community he serves so come say hello at the next event!


Liana Friedman, Social Action Vice President
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Liana is a senior from Irvine. Liana loves playing guitar, going to camp, and making people smile. After coming back from her semester in Israel, Liana is more ready and Jewish than ever to lead as SOCAL SAVP! She hopes to turn her passion for social justice into fun and challenging programming to help you find your passion. Liana loves having meaningful connections with others, whether it be in leadership at her synagogue, in her school, or of course in NFTY! Liana can’t wait for another incredible year in SOCAL!


Sam Buch, Religious and Cultural Vice President
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Sammy is a Junior at Claremont High School. He loves the outdoors and finds joy in going on hikes and mountain biking. He has been in NFTY since his 8th grade Spring Kallah and has gone to URJ Camp Newman for 7 years. In his free time Sammy plays guitar and takes his dog on walks.


Michael Barash, Membership Vice President
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Michael Barash is a senior from Encino. When not enjoying NFTY or ITY events, Michael loves playing volleyball, spouting history trivia, or singing off-key. He is a self-proclaimed picky food connoisseur and is always happy to talk Dodgers with anyone. Michael enjoys meeting new people and benefitting their NFTY experience and wants this year at NFTY to be a magical one for everyone that goes to an event, whether a new member or a never-miss-an-event-er. He is determined to continue learning and growing as a leader to make SOCAL the best it can be!


Lexie Korkis, Financial Vice President
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Lexie is a junior at Culver City High School. She enjoys playing softball on her school's team, snowboarding and being on her schools student class council. In addition she has attended Camp Akiba for 8 years. She is so excited and can't wait to have an amazing year!


Allison Bourd, Communications Vice President
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Allison is a senior at Westview High School in sunny San Diego, California who loves the beach, acai bowls, and music. When not at NFTY, she is playing the piano, taking part in student government, or spending time with her family and friends. She is looking forward to an amazing last year of NFTY and can't wait to work with the rest of the board in making the best events possible!

NFTY Southern California 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 Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement or Regional Advisor who oversees all programs and administration.

Meet Our Regional Staff

Lily Gottlieb

Lily is an educator, artist and experienced youth professional. With a knack for creating accessible, meaningful, and fun activities, Lily has a long history…