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OKATY

OKATY is the Oklahoma Association of Temple Youth. We are affiliated with NFTY-TOR, The North American Federation of Temple Youth (Texas-Oklahoma Region). The Texas-Oklahoma Region serves 28 youth groups, all of which are affiliated with local Reform congregations. NFTY’s Texas-Oklahoma Region is one of the 19 regions of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) serving the Reform congregations of North America. NFTY is administered under the auspices of the Department of Youth Engagement of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), the Reform movement’s organizing body.
 
OKATY members are in 9th-12th grade. OKATY is a student lead group under the supervision of the Youth Director. OKATY participates in 5-6 regional events and several local events each year. Board Members are responsible for planning the events for the upcoming year as well as promoting OKATY & NFTY-TOR events.
 
DUES: $54
 
The 2020-2021 / 5780-5781 OKATY Board
 
President: Hanna Lavi 
As your 5780-5781 OKATY President, I will work to grow membership, inclusion, and the strength of this Jewish Community while upholding Jewish values such as Tikkun Olam, Gemilut Chasadim, and having a generous heart and soul while also encouraging Judaism individually and within the community. My ideas are: Individual-centered event/activities, All-OKATY GroupMe, Connect Oklahoma Jewry, Monthly Board Meetings, More fundraising, Birthday wishes/mentions, Plan structure for all events, OKATY Merch​​​​​​​, Small pop-up events, More holiday-specific events, More bonding events, OKATY Board events, New events: Food Truck Palooza, Weekend Retreat, and Include 8th graders in 2nd semester events (pre-Spring Kallah)
 

Programming VP: Goldie Sisson
Hi! My name is Goldie Sisson and I am the new Programming Vice President. My goals for this upcoming OKATY year 2020-2021 are to expand the Jewish youth community by reaching out to other Synagogues and Temples in Tulsa and other parts of Oklahoma and Texas. I want to inspire youths to be active and involved, and incorporate activities and events that are not only enjoyable but incorporate Judaism. I would love to get closer to my peers and Jewish friends. Socializing in any way whether online or hopefully in person will only help me and the other board members incorporate all aspects of OKATY. Making and having Jewish friends is amazing and I only want to encourage Jewish relationships and socializing as well as any programming event!
 

Social Action VP: Zoe Hamilton
Hi I’m Zoe! I am a current 10th Grader at Norman North, on the Infant Crisis Services Teen Associate Board, a member of High School Democrats of America, a volunteer for the Wesley Forbes Campaign, in Speech & Debate, and am an active member of NFTY TOR. I’m very excited to be this year's SAVP!​​​​​​​
 

Religious & Cultural VP: Eleanor Harris
Hi! I’m Eleanor Harris, and I am OKATY’s Religious and Cultural Vice President for the 2020-2021 school year. I look forward to helping Temple B’nai Israel teens connect to Judaism spiritually and culturally. I want everyone to feel connected in their own way.​​​​​​​
 
Membership VP: Veronica Stevens Velez
Hey my name is Veronica! I am in charge of bringing new members to OKATY. My goals are to increase the use of social media, use evite to help communicate to both old and new members, and to make this year as fun as possible!​​​​​​​
 

Communication VP: Oliver Jackson
As your next Communications Vice President, I hope to increase the communication between members of OKATY by creating digital places for us to talk to each other. This would be anything from social media to digital events to dedicated times at events to get to know fellow OKATY members better. I also want to increase our communication with other TYGs and grow relationships that are formed during NFTY-TOR events. I cannot wait to help OKATY grow closer with the world around us! 
 
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