Meet our Staff

Spencer Hirsch, Senior Regional Director of Youth Engagement
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Spencer Hirsch is the Senior Regional Director of NFTY SOCAL. He runs and supervises high school programs, and oversees development, new initiatives and congregational support. He’s originally from San Diego, and he grew up in NFTY SOCAL and at URJ Camp Newman. Spencer holds a B.A. from University of Washington and a Certificate in Jewish Education from HUC-JIR.


Sydney BackerAssistant Regional Advisor
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Sydney Backer is the Assistant Regional Advisor of NFTY SOCAL. She runs and supervises middle school programs, and supports administrative work in the region. She’s originally from Huntington Beach, and she grew up in NFTY SOCAL and at URJ Camp Newman. She currently attends The University of California, Santa Barbara.

Leah Sternberg, Regional Rabbinic Intern
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Leah Sternberg is the Regional Rabbinic Intern of NFTY SOCAL. She designs and implements professional development throughout the region, and supports program development among the teen leaders. She is a third year Rabbinic student at HUC-JIR/Los Angeles.