A Mallard Creek High School senior who attends Charlotte's Temple Beth El has been elected the new president of the North American Federation of Temple Youth -- the Reform Judaism movement's organization for high school students.
Debbie Rabinovich, 17, is the daughter of Monica and Dan Rabinovich.
Debbie was elected at the national group's recent board meeting in Texas, and will be installed as president in June. She'll lead an organization that includes more than 10,000 high school students (grades 9 through 12) in the United States, Canada and parts of Latin America. More than 750 Reform congregations in North America sponsor Temple Youth Groups.
At Charlotte's Temple Beth El, Debbie has been active on many fronts. Besides serving on the synagogue's LIBERTY Board (its youth group), she has been a madricha (teaching assistant) in Beth El's religious school, and is a member of the Teen Band, the Teen Vocal Ensemble, and the Adult Choir.
-- Tim Funk