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Countdown to NFTY Convention 2015: How NFTY Inspired My Daughter



As every parent knows, when your child’s heart is bursting for joy, yours is, too. When your child’s heart is bursting for joy in anticipation before an event occurs, you’ve scored a gold mine. We’re at the “gold mine” level right now, as our daughter Shelby counts down to the upcoming NFTY Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia! As I write this, the convention is just under four months away.

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A Look at NFTY by the Numbers



The 2012-2013 year was an extraordinary one for NFTY. Take a look at our infographic to see some of the past year’s great achievements!

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2013 URJ Biennial

The Community that is Biennial



Imagine: a young freshman flies across the country to attend her third NFTY event. She doesn’t know any of the teens she is about to meet, and her roommates are complete strangers. Four days later, she leaves with amazing new friends, an unforgettable experience, and a new sense of pride in being a NFTYite and a Reform Jew.

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Pride and Joy in NFTY as Supreme Court Strikes Down DOMA



Just four days after the NFTY General Assembly unanimously reaffirmed NFTY’s support of same sex marriage, the Supreme Court deems DOMA unconstitutional. This ruling is both bold and overdue in the eyes of NFTY teen leaders.

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NFTY Mitzvah Day Through My Own Foundation



On NFTY Mitzvah Day, NFTYites volunteered to pick up trash, donate useful items and walk for a cause that has effected themselves or a loved one. For one NFTY Southwest teen, NFTY Mitzvah Day volunteered with his very own literacy foundation.

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Finding Openness and Acceptance in NFTY



Jenn found that NFTY helped her realize that her voice and opinions were valued – things you don’t always find in high school. Jenn took that acceptance and became an outspoken advocate for equality and LGBT rights.

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Making Camp Jenny My Legacy



NFTY-STR’s SAVP, Adam, shares the impact Camp Jenny has had on him and how he wants to leave a legacy of caring at camp.

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A Letter to my Daughter for Her First NFTY Year



Allison recently wrote this heartfelt letter to her daughter, Logan, after dropping her off at her first Spring Kallah. She speaks of the gratitude she feels and retells her own NFTY experience over 25 years ago in the same region.

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NFTY Announces Its New Board Members



Exciting news from NFTY! The North American Federation of Temple Youth has elected new North American board members for the 2013-2014 term, who will be formally installed on June 22, 2013, during Mechina, a five-day leadership training event and general board meeting at URJ Kutz Camp. Newly elected board members must be incoming college freshmen […]

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“That’s Why NFTY is Special”



I have recently been quoted for saying “Mom and Dad, I want to go on an adventure!” This past February, along with fellow BNTY member Adam, I represented our temple at NFTY Convention, where over 860 Jewish teens shared their love for Judaism.

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Why I Go to Camp



With summer quickly approaching, I have many asking me what I will be doing for the next 2 months. Summer is often associated with relaxing on the beach, spending quality time with family, and kicking back with old friends. However, my answer is different.

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Lobbying for Marriage Equality in Israel



Two weeks ago, I was at the Knesset, Israel’s legislative parliament, wearing Noar Telem’s uniform, and I couldn’t feel any prouder that we are making our voice abundantly clear in front of our elected representatives.

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NFTY-MV: Understanding Modern Day Slavery



Each year, as the grocery stores begin to display their Pesach foods, I, without fail, think to myself “Passover time already?!” Each year, we are commanded to “regard ourselves as if we ourselves went forth from the land of Egypt.” (Exodus 13:8) so that we can feel how sweet freedom is.

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NFTY-STR: Shabbat with Rabbi Rick Jacobs



Walking into PARTY’s BART Shabbat event last Friday, I had no idea what to expect. Little did I know, I was about to witness the coming-together of seven Broward Country reform congregations in food, in song, in prayer, and in welcoming a very special guest.

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