2017-11-08 / Columns

SJR welcomes Sara Nussbaum as its associate regional director

BBYO BLOCK
By DREW HOFFMAN & MORGAN FISHER
Regional Mazkirim


SARA NUSSBAUM SARA NUSSBAUM South Jersey Region is pleased to announce the hiring of its new associate regional director, Sara Nussbaum. A Cherry Hill native who attended Temple Emanuel, she is very excited to be joining BBYO. “I’m most looking forward to getting to know all the teens and work with the chapters to help them grow and have their ideas come to life,” she said.

Ever since high school, Nussbaum always had an inkling that she would work in the Jewish world, “but I never thought it would become a reality or that I would actually pursue it,” she added, “until I really sat down last year and thought about what I wanted to do post-graduation.”

She credits Hebrew School and her North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) high school career for helping her learn about Jewish morals and values and forging the Jewish identity “that helped me learn and grow into the person I am today.” And Nussbaum grew through multiple leadership roles, including serving as president of Temple Emanuel’s chapter for two years, as well as being vice president of membership for one year. In addition, at Rowan University—where Nussbaum graduated with a Sociology degree as well as a minor in Education—she belonged to the Beta Mu chapter of Delta Phi Epsilon and served as the vice president of membership, where she was placed in charge of many events.

Prior to joining BBYO, Nussbaum worked at Tall Pines Day Camp, where she wrote weekly newsletters for parents and served as a liaison between them and the camp. She also ran picnics and parties that were held at Tall Pines on the weekend.

“We’re really excited that Sara has joined the South Jersey BBYO team,” said Barrie Mittica, SJR senior regional director. “We think she is going to bring a lot of new ideas and vibrancy to the region and help us grow to new heights.”

Outgoing and approachable, Nussbaum is excited to help chapter growth within the South Jersey region. “Whether it’s helping make a program as strong as it can be, gaining more members for their chapter, or becoming a stronger brother/sisterhood,” she said, “I want to lend my expertise in any way I can to build an even stronger future for each chapter.”

Coming into BBYO, Nussbaum has an appreciation for the way that the organization engages Jewish teens and beyond. “What appealed to me the most is how much of an impact BBYO has not only on teenagers but in the Jewish world,” said Nussbaum, who likes to hang out with her beagle Kirby in her spare time and hopes to travel the world someday (even though she scares of long plane rides). “Since I was a teenager, BBYO has grown tremendously, and seeing how one event can impact a teenager’s Jewish identity is incredible. I’ve always thought it was amazing how they can take the smallest idea and transform it into something huge—not only in a program, but how teens take that same idea and use what they learn in their everyday life.” 

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