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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

What a period of big gains, and also big losses in the past two weeks. We see confederate flags going down the flagpole, being replaced by flags of rainbow colors. That moment, that moment of togetherness while doing what is right, was so powerful.

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A Letter to My Charleston & NFTY Communities

A Letter to My Charleston & NFTY Communities

Two nights ago I had just walked away from a group of fellow staff members to head to bed at the URJ Kutz camp when surprisingly, considering my lack of service in Warwick, a notification popped up on my phone. It was a CNN snippet describing a shooting in Charleston, South Carolina with 9 fatalities. I paused for a second and read it again; shooting in Charleston, South Carolina. A cute, boutique ridden town, swarming with tourists, filled with history, the holy city, and my home town. A shooting in my town.

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June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 12, 2014 is remembered to many as the day that three Israeli boys, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped from a bus stop in Gush Etzion. It was a grim day, one that would prove to be a catalyst for the violent events that would occur later in the summer, culminating in what became known as the 50-Day War. As horrible as that day might have been, for me, it was also the day I stepped off a plane, boarded a bus, and tested my feet in the water of the Mediterranean Ocean as I watched my first Israeli sunrise from a beach near Tel Aviv.

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J Street

J Street U, I’m Hearing Two Things

My name is Debbie. I have the great honor this year to be serving as President of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement. One of my favorite things about this role is that I have the opportunity to work with the board and influence how NFTY activates thousands of Jewish teens around issues, including the many facets of Israel . We have seen this year that NFTY has to do a better job of preparing teens to enter college with a deeper understanding of Israel, Israelis and her neighbors. We have committed to pursuing this- starting with Rabbi Jacobs’ promise to ensure that maps with the green line are spread across the movement.

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AIPAC

NFTY’s Leaders Past, Present, and Future Debrief AIPAC

The immediate past, current, and incoming NFTY Presidents all attended AIPAC. The conference allowed this cadre to debrief and vision for what the future of Israel engagement in NFTY could look like. Each NFTY President took away something from the conference with different implications for NFTY. The following are three moments that resonated in terms of our connection individually and as a movement to NFTY.

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NFTY-RCVP: Finding Family in Boise

On Friday night, NFTY NW prayed with the local congregants and the awesome Rabbi Dan Fink. It was apparent that from the second NFTYites stepped foot into the synagogue the CABI community was rejuvenated The Jews in southwestern Idaho are, for the most part, not teenagers. During the Saturday morning service led by NW RCVP Sarah Freyd, and NW Songleader Michael Fishman, the congregation got on their feet, smiling, and seemingly refreshed. I have never seen a community as impacted and genuinely happy to see so many teenagers storming through their doors.

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