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A Clarification: What Exactly the High School Participants are Doing at URJ Biennial 2015

A Clarification: What Exactly the High School Participants are Doing at URJ Biennial 2015

The exact same things as everyone else! This year’s Biennial is the first where high school participants are granted full access to all programs and are able to choose our own paths. The only true difference is in our registration.

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Small Teen, Big Voice

Small Teen, Big Voice

As reform Jews, we pride ourselves on inclusion, or to borrow the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs: Audacious Hospitality. As our secular communities start to progress toward embracing the LGBT community, so does the URJ. It was an honor and a privilege to be present as the resolution of the URJ affirming the full quality and acceptance of transgender and non-gender conforming individuals was unanimously passed. When the resolution was read, there was a portion of it that specifically mentioned inclusion in NFTY.

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We Can Do It

We Can Do It

“How does it feel to be a teen at the URJ Biennial?” The tell-tale green strip at the bottom of my name tag that reads “High School Attendee” evokes this question from most adults I find myself engaged in conversation with. As I give my typical response about how wonderful it is to be surrounded by 5,000 people that are passionate about Reform Judaism and to be able to fully participate in programs with these 5,000 people, the adult I am speaking with typically nods politely and moves the conversation away from the particular subject matter.

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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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