JFS Dancing with our Stars 2016


Professionally Choreographed Dance Competition  -   Dinner  -  Live Entertainment
Hosted by Local TV Personality Bob Herzog

Nina Paul


Some supporters choose not to make their name public, but the names will be shared with Nina

Nina Paul Dancing with our Stars
Nina Paul

Tell us a little about yourself

My name is Nina Levine Paul and I am originally from Los Angeles, California. I moved to Cincinnati 30 years ago for the love of my life Eddie Paul. We have 2 beautiful children, Lainey, 23 yrs old, who made Aliyah 4 1/2 yrs ago and currently in serving her 4th year in an Intelligence Unit of the Israel Defense Forces. Jake, 21 yrs old, is a Co-op student at the University of Cincinnati in the School of Engineering for Construction Management. Max, Jake's twin brother and our beautiful son, recently passed away from complications of a brain tumor he had resected 13 1/2 yrs ago. I am dancing in his memory!


What is your profession?

I had a 30 year career in the fine jewelry business, wholesaling, importing pearls and designing jewelry from Venice Beach Boardwalk to Blue Ash, Ohio. I sold my fine jewelry store, Nina Paul Jewelry Company, in 2007. I have been retired since but currently am working with Ziv Riezman of CEMax, a customer feedback/complaint software company, as a sales executive. Ziv relocated his family from Israel to open his US Headquarters in Cincinnati.


What is your volunteer history?

I have volunteered throughout my entire professional life and well before if I think back to selling the most campfire candies or selling the most raffle tickets for our synagogue or raising the most money per mile for our Israel Independence day Walk , all while in grade school and then high school.


I began volunteering in Cincinnati in 1990 when I realized, after 4 years, that we were not moving back to Los Angeles and I needed to meet people. I began at our synagogue, Adath Israel Congregation, where from 1990 I served on the board, the Executive Board and became president from 2007-2009. I am currently co-chairing, with my husband Eddie, the 170th anniversary of our synagogue. There will be a full year of events commemorating this auspicious occasion!


I served on the board of the JCC, The board and the executive board of Yavneh Day School/ Rockwern Academy, the board of the Jewish Federation of Cincinnati, past major donors co-chair and past campaign co-chair of the JFC. and have served as a board member, executive board member, and past president of the Southern Ohio Region of Jewish National Fund. I have served for the past 3 years on the National board of JNF, today serving as the National President of the Women for Israel Campaign. I am currently co-chairing the Partnership Together Committee and the Israel and Oversees Council of the JFC.


Together, with my husband, we have created The Max Paul Brain Tumor Fund at Cincinnati Children's Hospital, which helps all kids with brain tumors and TBI reintegrate back into their schools and communities. I helped with the original Reel Abilities Film Festival here in Cincinnati and also served on the task force of the Jewish Foundation that created the grants for meaningful experiences in Israel for high school and college students.


What are your hobbies?

I love to travel, play Scrabble and be involved!


What is your best dancing asset?

My best dancing asset, as I have been told, are my legs!


What inspired you to dance for Jewish Family Service?

My inspiration to Dance for Jewish Family Service is threefold:1) My dear friend, Andi Levenson, president of Jewish Family Service, asked me, 2) I wanted to help the organization 3) I wanted to get in shape!!


What don't we know about you that would make someone want to support you?

That I don't mind making a fool of myself for a good cause!


What did your family say when you told them you were dancing?

They laughed and thought it was a good idea



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