By Dori Singer, NFTY-SW Programming Vice President
Going into the event, I wasn’t exactly sure what to expect other than what I had read on the schedule. I knew important people would be speaking, I had to dress professionally and that this Phoenix girl was in for a big change of climate. I was anxious to hear the President of the United States speak. I was ready to see old friends from all across the country, as well as make new ones. As I boarded my plane on Wednesday night to leave for Washington D.C., however, I hadn’t a clue as to what life changing journey I was embarking on.
As my plane made its decent into Reagan National Airport, I felt something inside of me light up. I have always found the Jewish community to be an open and welcoming place where I have found a home for myself. All weekend I was surrounded by 6,000 people who shared a common love for Judaism and the URJ with me. I got to belt out the NFTY cheer at the top of my lungs with over 200 diehard NFTYites who were just as passionate and dedicated as I am and eager to show the URJ that they can safely place the future of the movement in our hands. Although I was in a place I had never been before, I felt as though I was exactly where I needed to be.
This home I have found in Judaism has shaped me to be the person I am today. It has instilled important morals and values in me, supplied me with a plethora of experiences, taken me to places all across the country and given me the friendships of a life time. While at the URJ Biennial I was reminded of all of this, and how truly blessed I am to be a part of such an extraordinary movement. Although my time in NFTY is almost up, I know that I will always have a home in the URJ as I continue on my Jewish journey in life.