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Throwback Thursday Mechina Edition

A little over a week ago, NFTY's general board arrived at the URJ Kutz Camp for five days of learning, praying, and growing. While the event might be over, it's time to throw it back to all of the incredible people and events that made the long weekend unforgettable. t

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

The following is a transcript of a speech delivered during Saturday morning services by Zak Kadish, NFTY Ohio Valley Programming Vice President, at NFTY Mechina last week. 356 days ago, the lives of my brother Ethan Kadish, my family, and myself were changed forever by a freak weather incident, a bolt out of the blue. When my brother was struck by lightning, our entire world was shattered, replaced by an impermeable darkness and fear for the future.

Respect and Learning Central to Understanding Challenges in Israel

As we discuss our perspectives on this difficult topic, it is important that we remember the Talmudic lesson of Eruvin 13b. In response to a debate between the school of Hillel and that of Shamai, two great Rabbinic leaders, we are reminded that “elu v’elu divrei elohim chayim — These and these are the words of the Living God.”

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How Can We Redefine Leadership?

28 July 2014

NFTY is made up of over 7,000 Jewish teens from across North America. In each of the 19 regions, there is a wide range of teens who serve on their regional board. Each has something special to add to their position, and each recognizes their role as a leader. However, what about the other teens in our movement? Why shouldn't they have the opportunity to serve their region, too? These questions came up a lot during my time at the URJ Kutz Camp this summer, where I had the opportunity to learn from almost 80 passionate Regional and Temple Youth Group leaders in the Leadership Academy.

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NFTY Spotlight: Timothy Holidness

17 July 2014

NFTYites are up to some incredible things, and Timothy Holdiness is one of them. He recently participated in a Microsoft Office competition and took home the top prize for his skills with Powerpoint. As he prepares to take his skills to the international level, we sat down and got to ask Timothy a few questions!

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Exploring the Situation in Israel

15 July 2014

Is your Facebook feed full of mixed facts and opinions on the situation in Israel and Gaza, and you’re not really sure what to think? Get Involved in the Discussion – participate in our Webinar this Sunday night, July 27 at 8pm EDT. As the situation continues to unfold in Israel and Gaza, there are many media outlets and social media conversations that mix and share news, facts, and opinions. The NFTY staff will be hosting a webinar for you to explore your opinions about what is happening in Israel, understand which media outlets you can follow and have a safe […]

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“If You Had the Attention of the URJ President…”

10 July 2014

By Matt Mandel, NFTY-NAR New York City Membership Vice President 2014-2015 A few days ago I was going about a regular day during my first week at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp. It was time for chuggim, or electives, so I looked at the Expo board in the dining hall and at the top of the list was a very intriguing choice called: “If you had the attention of the URJ President…” I hurried over because, initially, I thought Rabbi Rick Jacobs was leading the chug. To my slight dismay, I only found a few camp participants and […]

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Throwback Thursday: Pride Day 2014

03 July 2014

Throwback Thursday: Pride Day 2014 This past Sunday, representatives from the URJ Kutz Camp got the chance to go to the New York City Pride Parade. They shared their experience on social media throughout the day!

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NFTY: Inclusion Through Prayer

27 June 2014

The following is an open letter to NFTY's general board, as well as those interested in learning more about inclusion through services. Shalom NFTY! This past weekend 137 Mechina participants were involved in Saturday morning services that incorporated a heightened sense of inclusion and modeled inclusive practices throughout.

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