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High Hopes for the High Holidays

By Shir Attias,  NFTY-SW Religious and Cultural Vice-President I remember the high holidays as a kid very well: huge dinner tables laden with soups, meats, and deserts; long winded services telling us to ask for forgiveness and look forward to a new year. I remember the long sermons prompting introspection, and I remember twiddling my thumbs unable, as a child, to fathom the concepts of new beginnings.  As a kid, all Rosh Hashanah meant was eating delicious honey cakes, and all Yom Kippur meant was eating delicious honey cakes while taunting my parents. But as my friends and I outgrew […]

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Becoming the Leader of Me

Becoming the Leader of Me

The NFTY-SW Leadership Training Institute took teen leaders from workshop to workshop, program to program, but one in particular stood out to me. Lynne Butner, our NFTY-SW Regional Director, wrote a program on the Science of Character where she utilized the Let it Ripple video by Tiffany Shlain on character building.

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This Is Where I Belong

NFTY-Southwest has never been a quiet region. We sing loud and we cheer even louder. There was no better place for us to show that spirit than at this year’s Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, AZ. Wildcat country.

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What Will You Do to Make Our Communities a Better Place in This Jewish New Year?

Shabbat Shalom. This week’s Torah portion, Ki Tavo, is all about giving back. In this portion, G-d commands the Israelites to leave 10% of their crop each season uncollected. This section of their crop is to be left for “the stranger, the orphan, and the widow,” In other words, G-d instructs the people of Israel to set aside a portion of their product for those less fortunate.

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In Pursuit of Justice: My Experience on America’s Journey for Justice

It was 8 AM when we began to march. We laced up our sneakers, donned our hats and sunglasses, and lathered on sunscreen as we took to the pavement, eager to trek the seventeen miles that lay ahead. It was a muggy August day in rural South Carolina, but the heat did not diminish our zeal in taking a stand for civil rights on America’s Journey for Justice, a 40-day, 860-mile trek from Selma to Washington, DC, sponsored by the NAACP.

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The 10 Commandments of PARticipation

During NFTY-PAR’s Summer Leadership Kallah, the PAR Board ran workshops for PARticipants. These workshops consisted of what we, the PAR Board, felt were important skills to have when in a leadership role. They ranged from learning about the effects of social media to learning how to fundraise and create merchandise to learning about SWOT analysis and how to asses a TYG.

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