Original announcement from Jewish Federations of North America National Young Leadership
We are delighted to share with you that Rachel Hoffer (Phoenix) and Adam Miller(Orange County) have been selected as the 2019-20 National Young Leadership Co-Chairs. Their term begins on July 1, 2019.
Thank you to everyone involved in the process – including the many Chevre who stepped forward as candidates and those who served as members of the Selection Committee under the leadership of Michelle Hirsch (Cleveland) and Jeff Rum (Washington, DC).
The response to our call for applications was robust, with many qualified individuals seeking the positions. Jeff and Michelle led the deliberations with a commitment to fairness, integrity and confidentiality. We are grateful to all candidates for investing time and effort in the process and to their peers for volunteering to serve as part of the Committee and to bring their perspective and insights to the discussions.
Rachel and Adam will build on the work of current NYL Co-Chairs, Simone Knego (Sarasota) and Mike Teplitsky (Chicago), who are leading Cabinet during a transformative time of growth in both membership and campaign as well as the launch of our new leadership development curriculum.
To learn more about Rachel and Adam, please see the bios below. We offer them our best wishes for a successful year ahead, as they lead our efforts to deepen the interest and commitment of next gen to the global Federation movement.
Congratulations Rachel and Adam!
From strength to strength,
The National Young Leadership Team
Rabbi David Kessel, AVP for Young Leadership & Next Gen Engagement
Shayna Kreisler, Senior Director, Cabinet
Eva Stern, Next Gen Director
Dana Shakarchy, Associate Director, Cabinet
Sarah Ungerman, Program Manager
Meet the 2019-20 NYL Co-Chairs!
Rachel is a JFNA Fisher Flight alumna and active in the Jewish community locally and globally. She is the NowGen board advisor for the Jewish Federation of Greater Phoenix. In addition, she is North American board chair for Youth Futures, a program of the Jewish Agency for Israel. Rachel has coordinated numerous events and galas for Valley of the Sun JCC in Scottsdale, Pardes Jewish Day School, and Federation. She served as co-chair of the capital campaign to move Pardes to the Ina Levine Jewish Community Campus and also led the capital campaign for Congregation Beth Tefillah’s new synagogue building. She most recently held the Cabinet leadership position of Israel & Overseas Vice-Chair and represents Cabinet to JFNA’s LOJE/Lion of Judah Endowment Committee. Rachel is proud of her involvement with Violins for Hope – an organization that partners with Federation and secular non-profits to collect Holocaust-era instruments now played in concerts around the world to promote Holocaust education and share stories of victims and survivors. Rachel co-founded Fanny & Martha – an innovative apparel company that empowers women of all ages to value their self-worth. She is married to Jonathan Hoffer, and the couple has three daughters: Ilana, Talia and Alexis. Contact Racheldirectly to learn more about her vision for Cabinet and to wish her Mazal Tov!
Adam is a business attorney and the Managing Partner of the Irvine, California-based law firm, Miller Miller Gerber LLP. Adam’s areas of practice include business litigation and transactional work. Adam’s professional experience prior to Miller Miller Gerber included a clerkship with the Honorable Asher Grunis of the Israeli Supreme Court, and time at the New York City-based firm Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP, where he gained experience doing large scale public and private mergers & acquisitions work, cutting-edge high tech trading litigation, large securities class actions, and simple partnership disputes. Adam is involved in a variety of professional, community, and charitable organizations, including the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, where he serves as a member of the Board of Directors. Adam held the Cabinet Leadership position of Education & Leadership Development Vice Chair, where he played an instrumental role in building Cabinet’s new training curriculum, and he currently co-chairs the Operations Manual Committee, which has codified Cabinet’s business processes and structure. Adam is an avid traveler, wine collector and enthusiast, and enjoys playing golf. He founded the Uncork for Hope Foundation – a nonprofit that impact the lives of California’s most vulnerable children as well as their families. Contact Adam directly to learn more about his vision for Cabinet and to wish him Mazal Tov!