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NFTY-NAR: Humans of NFTY

Throughout the course of the weekend at NFTY-NAR’s Spring Kallah, we asked our high school seniors to share some of their thoughts around what it means to be a “Human of NFTY.” Below are three responses from Barak Stockler, Jen Gordon and Jared Fischer, who are members at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY.

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Consultation on Conscience: Making the Ask

Hello my name is Sam Dorow and I’m the Social Action Vice President, serving and elect, from NFTY GER. Going on a train down to DC to the Consultation on Conscience directly after NFTY-GER’s Spring Kallah all I could think of was the fact that I was going to be exhausted. When I stepped out of the cab and into the hotel I knew I was wrong.

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Sophie

NFTY-SAR: Never Forget These Years

How can you sum up all the feelings that you have about NFTY? I find that to be an impossible task. To put four years of experiences into a 90 second speech was something I knew I could not do. Each year, I would watch the seniors at Spring Kallah as they would give their final senior speeches, most of the time not being able to get their words out because they were crying so hard. Each year I thought “oh, I have so much time until I have to do this”.

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NFTY-GER: Strength Found in Will

This portion has weighed heavily on me. At first glance, we are faced with themes of ostracizing and isolation, embarrassment and shame. This text details long exiles from a beloved community. It is depressing and disappointing, especially because the Torah is intended to be a reservoir of hope and encouragement at all times. Where is the light?

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My Legs Were Praying

My Legs Were Praying

That is entrenched racism. That is privilege. That is why I walked and thought and prayed my way from Selma to Montgomery; it’s not enough for only my teens to be safe. Emma Lazarus wrote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free.” Repairing the world requires activism on behalf of everyone. Social action is just that – action. It comes from a life of movement, continuing to put one foot in front of the other, praying with our legs, marching toward justice.

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NFTY-OV: Strong As Stone

It was such a surreal feeling as I sat in the senior circle of my final NFTY event. I can’t help but think back to the person I was at my first event; just a little eighth grader who had no idea what lie ahead of me. I would give anything to take my younger self aside and explain all of the things I would do in the future, the people I would meet and the opportunities I would have; all thanks to NFTY.

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