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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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NFTY supports the Charleston Community

NFTY supports the Charleston Community

This week, NFTY’s network of Social Action Vice Presidents, from around the country and Canada, convened in Washington, D.C. to learn about action, advocacy and education in relationship to the Religious Action Center’s work and the social justice work these teens will undertake in the coming year. It never occurred to anyone that these teens might learn about Gun Violence Prevention one day, and wake up the next to hear about the mass shooting in Charleston, SC at Emanuel AME Church.

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NFTYites #WearingOrange

NFTYites #WearingOrange

On June 2, 2015, NFTYites came together in wearing orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day, along with the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and Everytown For Gun Safety.

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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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Observing Memorial Day the URJ Camp Way

Observing Memorial Day the URJ Camp Way

By Jamie Mafdali NFTY-STR youth professional; Youth Director at Temple Dor Dorim When some people think of Memorial Day they think of beaches, barbecues, and mattress sales. Others think of the men and women who lost their lives in service of this great country. And still others think of the memory of Jenny Rosenthal. As the beginnings of a URJ Mitzvah Corps camp for underprivileged children began to emerge in late 1987, Jenny Rosenthal from Montgomery, Alabama was killed in a serious car accident. Jenny Rosenthal loved URJ Camp Coleman and NFTY. Knowing the love that Jenny had for camp, it […]

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NFTY Alumni: Past President Zach Newburgh on ARZA Slate

Israel is, for Zach, as it is for many Jews, a place that evokes a wide range of emotions. “I’m deeply cozach-newburgh=2ncerned and troubled [by Israel],” he says. “It’s a place of tremendous beauty, but also a tremendous amount of ugliness, especially visible during the most recent election.” For him, significant reform is the only answer in the question of Israel.

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