Nina First

Nina’s childhood in Pennsylvania sparked the insatiable love of canoeing, kayaking, fishing, hiking, and camping that has served as the heartbeat of their passion for a life dedicated to adventure and exploration. The potpourri of summits, trails, and switchbacks braiding Nina’s journeys and treks has sculpted their fascination with Spinoza’s tapestry of pantheist philosophies and an ensuing contemplation of the vast scope of varying Jewish theologies. Studying the broad cosmos of Jewish thought morphed into Nina’s concentration at Binghamton University, from which Nina graduated in 2021 with a degree in Judaic studies, history, and Israel studies.

Pondering their Jewish heritage through philosophical lenses led Nina to study the history of their Ashkenazi ancestry, the Yiddish language, and the wonders of its eclectic Yiddishkeit. Nina’s adoration of the zany language forged their fervent appreciation of Yiddish culture’s historic commitment to justice and has inspired Nina to work to continue the legacy of their ancestors and their lifetime memberships in the Workmen’s (now Workers) Circle. Nina is thrilled to staff Tivnu and learn more about building world betterment.

When they aren’t reading, you can often find Nina working at their parents’ sawmill, developing a fresh roll of film, backpacking, and definitely laughing.