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My Legs Were Praying

My Legs Were Praying

That is entrenched racism. That is privilege. That is why I walked and thought and prayed my way from Selma to Montgomery; it’s not enough for only my teens to be safe. Emma Lazarus wrote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free.” Repairing the world requires activism on behalf of everyone. Social action is just that – action. It comes from a life of movement, continuing to put one foot in front of the other, praying with our legs, marching toward justice.

5 Things I Saw In Israel During Elections

This past week I took an amazing family trip to Israel. We started in the north and travelled around the country for about 9 days. Our trip happened to fall on Israel’s federal elections. It was an interesting time to be in Israel, and these are a few things my family and I experienced while we were there.

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NFTY-CWR: Special Report – NFTY Convention

The first thought that most people have when they hear NFTY Convention is “What is that?” NFTY is the North American Federation of Temple Youth. In February, NFTY held its bi- annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia with 1,000 teens and 300 staff members, or youth professionals, in attendance. The theme “Myself, My Community and My World” was the perfect definition of everything that we were about to explore in our journey throughout the weekend.

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NFTY Alumni: Giving the Next Generation Access to Their Dreams

28 April 2015

By Jill A. Goldstein Imagine if you could share your professional passions and talents with the next generation? Do you remember when you were figuring out how you wanted to spend the next phase of your life? For most of middle school, high school, and college – NFTY and Television News were my life:  Junior youth group + morning announcements, NFTY-STR + teen news competitions, double majors in broadcast journalism + Jewish history, newsroom internships + TYG advising. So, earlier this year when a friend gave me the opportunity to share my professional experiences in the Television News field with […]

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NFTY Alumni: Coming Back to NFTY

28 April 2015

By Stephen White, DVM I was President of NFTY 1971-1972. After my presidency, I founded, with my best friend (and former treasurer of our youth group) a Jewish student newspaper called Leviathan, at the University of California at Santa Cruz, which is still being published today. After I graduated and went to veterinary school, I had only minimal contact with the Reform movement, other than going to synagogue, Passover seders, and keeping in touch with my friends from the youth group and region, and a few from NFTY. I therefore only knew very third-hand that NFTY’s regions had been renamed, […]

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NFTY Alumni: Past President Zach Newburgh on ARZA Slate

27 April 2015

Involvement in the Reform movement from a young age, through NFTY, URJ Camps and other outlets, often shapes a person’s outlook in life and attitude toward the big issues. Zach Newburgh is no exception. The former NFTY President (’07-’08), hailing from NFTY-NEL and an alumnus of Camp George, Camp Newman and Kutz Camp, says NFTY laid the foundation to his desire to repair the world, and he’s putting that to good use in a big way—by taking a stand in the mission to reform Israel. Raised in a small town outside of Toronto called Oakville, Zach says while Jewish community […]

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My Legs Were Praying

My Legs Were Praying

27 April 2015

That is entrenched racism. That is privilege. That is why I walked and thought and prayed my way from Selma to Montgomery; it’s not enough for only my teens to be safe. Emma Lazarus wrote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free.” Repairing the world requires activism on behalf of everyone. Social action is just that – action. It comes from a life of movement, continuing to put one foot in front of the other, praying with our legs, marching toward justice.

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NFTY-OV: Strong As Stone

27 April 2015

It was such a surreal feeling as I sat in the senior circle of my final NFTY event. I can’t help but think back to the person I was at my first event; just a little eighth grader who had no idea what lie ahead of me. I would give anything to take my younger self aside and explain all of the things I would do in the future, the people I would meet and the opportunities I would have; all thanks to NFTY.

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NFTY-NO: A Boy, a Giant, and Lessons on Leadership

27 April 2015

So there were these two armies, the Israelites and the Philistines, camped on two sides of a valley in Israel. The Philistines are attempting to dismantle the newly formed kingdom of Israel. Now, it was common practice in those days for armies to fight in a type of battle called single-combat in which both armies send down one warrior to fight and decide the battle.

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