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NFTY at Women of the Wall



By Sarah Rosemont This past November, I traveled to Israel as part of a NFTY delegation team in honor of the 25th anniversary of the Women of the Wall. Today, more than two months later, I still don’t know how to describe the trip in a way that will do it justice. How can I […]

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NFTY and BBYO: We Can Make Each Other Stronger



As I write this, I’m on a literal and figurative high – literal because I’m writing to you from a flight back to New York from Dallas, where I had the privilege of attending and addressing the BBYO International Convention. Wait a minute, you’re thinking, Why is the president of the Union for Reform Judaism going to a BBYO convention? Isn’t BBYO the rival of NFTY, the Reform youth movement?

I’m here to tell you – and you can quote me on it – that BBYO is not our rival. They are our partner.

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Challenging Impossible: 10,000 Likes for a Baby Goat



Director David Berkman told Assistant Director Sarah that making something go viral was impossible. She set out on a journey of 10,000 likes to prove him wrong!

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Putting “Inspired Engagement” into Motion



The powerful roll out of the newest implementation steps of the Campaign for Youth Engagement at the recent URJ Biennial in San Diego has generated excellent feedback and momentum. Our Reform movement-wide approach is called Inspired Engagement, a transformative teen and young adult network, which integrates diverse program offerings into one seamless year-round matrix in […]

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NFTY’s Early Years: A Snapshot of the 1940s



By Andrew Keene Generational Leadership (Hanhagah L’dorot) is the notion that a leader cannot be successful without a true appreciation and understanding of its organization’s past leadership as well as its future generations of leaders; or as the North American Federation of Temple Youth’s (NFTY) homepage states, having “a panoramic view of leadership, learning from […]

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The Chadash Program – A New Path for Young Adults with Disabilities



And then we asked, “what’s next?” It seemed only right and necessary that Coleman would be part of the next stage in Gideon’s life journey. So, in partnership with Bobby Harris and the Coleman community that is our family home, the Chadash program has been born. “Chadash” means “new,” and this truly is a new opportunity, a new path – one that can help give young adults with disabilities tools and skills for life success.

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My Jewish Journey



By Susan Klau To my family, one of the most important aspects of Reform Judaism is community. My Jewish journey through adolescence was much different than my parents’. My dad, born in New York and raised in Puerto Rico, experienced a limited and informal Jewish education. Puerto Rico’s Temple Youth Groups are associated with NFTY-NAR […]

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Three Stories: URJ & Ramah Camps Come Together To Learn



The URJ Service Corps program is designed to engage young URJ Camps staff and alumni, who will apply their experience, talents, and skills to create experiential, camp-style programming for families and youth in synagogue communities around the country. Working in partnership with the National Ramah Commission, the program seeks, over three years, to have a […]

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Worship Without Music?!



By Jerry Kaye Can you imagine a worship service these days without a cantor, a song leader, or even a band? There is nowhere in the liberal Jewish community where music isn’t an integral and heartening part of worship. Today, Jewish music is readily available on CDs and MP3s, and even on YouTube, which hosts […]

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NFTY: Never Forget Those Years …or Friendships



Tania Levy Medney, LIFTY ’73, continues to find ways to stay in touch with her NFTY peers. After attending an event celebrating NFTY peer, Jay Levine’s retirement, she shared some of her best advice about building your NFTY network and reconnecting.  How have you kept in touch with your NFTY friends over the years? There […]

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Breaking News: Birthright Israel Changes Eligibility Requirements!



At the URJ Biennial last December, we shared our commitment to ensuring that every young adult in our movement who wishes to travel to Israel is able to do so. This is not a dream, but a reality through the gift of Taglit-Birthright Israel trips with URJ Kesher, the Reform Movement’s Birthright trip provider. We […]

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NFTY Takes on Malaria



By Olivia Kessler Did you know malaria is transmitted through the bite of a mosquito carrying the Plasmodium parasite and kills 600,000 people every year? Did you know malaria exists in 109 countries around the world, making half of the world’s population susceptible to the disease? Did you know that every 60 seconds a child […]

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“Fostering Wholehearted Loyalty to the Synagogue & Jewish Ideals”: Celebrating the 75th Anniversary of NFTY



By Dr. Gary P. Zola In the opening verses of this week’s sedra, we come upon a detail in our narrative that is frequently overlooked.  Jethro, Moses’ father-in-law, brought Moses’ two sons (Gershom and Eliezer) and his wife (Zipporah) to meet him in the wilderness.  At first, this incident seems unremarkable.  It makes sense that […]

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A New Era of NFTY



By Andrew Keene An unidentified scholar teaches us, “Blessed is the generation in which the old listen to the young, and doubly blessed is the generation in which the young listen to the old.” For 75 years, NFTY, the North American Federation of Temple Youth, continues to serve as the link between the past, present, and […]

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