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Freedom to Discriminate is not Freedom: NFTY-OV opposes RFRA in Indiana

At 10am on Thursday, March 26, Governor Mike Pence of Indiana signed into law the Religious Freedom Restoration Act, or RFRA. Based on name alone, this bill sounds like a measure that NFTY would support – after all, religious freedom is the fundamental right that allows us to live and thrive as American Jews, without fear of discrimination. However, Indiana’s newest law has a misleading moniker.

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MVP Monday: Socials and Mixers Gone Wrong

Believe it or not, not all programs go as planned. In all honesty for MVP’s this is especially true, and for some pretty frequent, when it comes to mixers and socials. I’ve experienced this first hand a couple of times already, and to say the least there’s only so much you can do to prepare. I particularly experienced this at NFTY-OV’s Leadership Training Kallah (LTK).

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#ThrowbackThursday: NEL, NAR, NE, NW, SO, OV, PAR, SAR Fall!

Eight, count ‘em, EIGHT NFTY regions celebrated fall events this weekend, the most so far in one weekend this year! You will not want to miss out on the fun!

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Throwback Thursday: NFTY SW, MV, OV, TOR

Four regions hosted events this week, from every corner of the country. Check out all of the fun and excitement from the events!

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

The following is a transcript of a speech delivered during Saturday morning services by Zak Kadish, NFTY Ohio Valley Programming Vice President, at NFTY Mechina last week.
356 days ago, the lives of my brother Ethan Kadish, my family, and myself were changed forever by a freak weather incident, a bolt out of the blue. When my brother was struck by lightning, our entire world was shattered, replaced by an impermeable darkness and fear for the future.

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Lobbying with AIPAC: The Opportunity to Make a Real Difference

Activism. The opportunity to make a difference is all around us. And I think I made it. Lobbying was exhausting. I spent the day with a huge smile plastered on my face and hadn’t introduced myself this many times since my very first NFTY event. My feet hurt, I was hungry, but I know I made a difference.

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