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An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

Dear Mr. Azoulay – Your statement regarding the legitimacy of Reform Jews was deplorable and has widespread negative consequences for World Progressive Jewry, a movement of which we are proud to be members, as well as the greater global Jewish community. We are saddened that someone representing our homeland would propagate ideas that we are illegitimate as Jews and unworthy of our own religious beliefs.

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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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NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

On Sunday, the leaders came together for the biannual general assembly, Asefah, where the representatives from the 19 regions listened to regional reports and voted on critical legislation. One resolution on the table was a “Resolution Regarding Preferred Gender Pronouns on Nametags” which resolved that “at any NFTY North American event, participants will be given the opportunity to include their preferred pronouns on their nametags, and… are encouraged to introduce themselves with their preferred gender pronouns.” The resolution passed and will help ensure the full inclusion of teens, regardless of their gender identities, during NFTY North American events.

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NFTY Celebrates Marriage Equality

NFTY Celebrates Marriage Equality

Today the United States Supreme Court made clear that the Constitution both allows same sex couples to marry and requires all states to recognize all marriages performed in other states. It is a day many of us long prayed for, but were not sure if we would ever see it happen.

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NFTY Mechina 2015

NFTY Mechina 2015

In June 2015, NFTY teen leaders gathered at URJ Kutz Camp for a weekend of creative worship services, cross-continental networking, and lively discussions. Take a look at their experience through their eyes:

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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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