CCA student speaks at Jewish Philanthropy Conference

Carmel Valley resident Nate Goodman, 17, attended and spoke at the annual Jewish Funders Network International Conference 2016 at the Hilton Torrey Pines. He was hand-selected from the Jewish teen community to introduce Randi Zuckerberg for her keynote address at this well-attended event and luncheon. Nate is a junior at Canyon Crest Aacdemy.

Nate’s introduction commemorated the 10th anniversary of the Jewish Teen Funders Network and described the nature of the organization and its aspirations. He also enumerated a detailed list of Randi Zuckerberg’s accomplishments. Nate had the opportunity to interact with several notable entrepreneurs, philanthropists, business people, and politicians. Zuckerberg was an executive at Facebook and is currently the CEO of her own production company, Zuckerberg Media. She is also a well-recognized philanthropist in the Jewish community as well as a Broadway actress and Reality TV star. Zuckerberg’s keynote speech discussed the immense impact technology and the era has had on our lives. She has a special interest in promoting women in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math).

The Mayor of Jerusalem, Nir Barkat, CEO of the Jewish Community Foundation, Jeremy Pearl, Senior Vice President of Hillel International, Tim Cohen, and Managing Director of the Alpha Epsilon Pi Foundation, Jay Feldman, all spoke with Nate Goodman personally after his speech. The Mayor of Jerusalem invited him to his office when Nate represents JITLI this summer in Israel.

Nate is one of 11 students in the United States who will be attending JITLI (Jacobs International Teen Leadership Institute) this year in Israel. This is a highly selective program, sponsored by the Jacobs family, whose mission is to bridge the gap between Jewish American, Jewish Israeli, Arab Israeli, and Palestinian high school students.

Nate is the founder and CEO of his own production company, Roark Film Enterprises, which has produced a number of award-winning videos, some for the Jewish community.