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NFTY-NAR: The Potential Energy of Jewish Leadership

We Jewish teens left the summit with a single challenge echoing in our minds: “to embrace change and take risks in order to redefine Jewish youth engagement.” These dreams of expanding Jewish youth engagement and shaping a socially just world are only possible with great leaders at the helm.

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“If You Had the Attention of the URJ President…”

By Matt Mandel, NFTY-NAR New York City Membership Vice President 2014-2015 A few days ago I was going about a regular day during my first week at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp. It was time for chuggim, or electives, so I looked at the Expo board in the dining hall and at the top of the list was a very intriguing choice called: “If you had the attention of the URJ President…” I hurried over because, initially, I thought Rabbi Rick Jacobs was leading the chug. To my slight dismay, I only found a few camp participants and […]

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Giving the Gift of NFTY-NAR: Opening Our Doors to More Jewish Teens

When I boarded the bus to this past NFTY NAR Spring Kallah, I noticed a group of five or so new members chatting quietly towards the back of the bus. These freshman and sophomores already knew each other and decided to try out NFTY together. As I approached, their conversation fell silent.

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NFTY-NAR: On My First Kallah

I am proud to say that I recently spent a weekend in Wantagh, NY, for NFTY-NAR’s Winter Kallah. As a camper at URJ Crane Lake Camp, before this weekend I was already pretty familiar with NFTY. Invariably, friends told me it was one of the best things they’d done. So I tried it.

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Mechina: More than Just a Board Meeting

Phil K, NFTY-NAR CVP pondered, “So, what are you going to do at this event?” he was completely unable to answer her question, mostly because he had absolutely no clue. Phil had never been to an event solely based on leadership.

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NFTY-NAR: NFTY Convention in a Nutshell

As I sit here staring at a blank page about all the wonderful things I could say about what NFTY means to me, it’s nearly impossible to narrow it down. Here is my attempt.

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