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5 Words to Describe People Found at URJ Biennial

5 Words to Describe People Found at URJ Biennial

What are some words to describe myself at the URJ Biennial? Blessed. Proud. I am so privileged to be here, representing some of the things that make me, me. I represent Temple Shalom, my youth group SHFTY, NFTY-TOR, the URJ Kutz Camp, and other groups I call my communities. I am blessed to be here this week, and proud to call myself a URJ teen.”

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How A Starbucks Line Shaped My Entire URJ Biennial Weekend

How A Starbucks Line Shaped My Entire URJ Biennial Weekend

When 5,000 Jews are put in one building, I expected the line at Starbucks to be long. But what I didn’t expect was that my epiphany of the day at Biennial would happen while waiting in that line.

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The Climb

“There’s always gonna be another mountain. I’m always gonna wanna make it move. Always gonna be an uphill battle, sometimes I’m gonna have to lose. Ain’t about how fast I get there, ain’t about what’s waiting on the other side, it’s the climb.” ~ Miley Cyrus.

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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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