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Observing Memorial Day the URJ Camp Way

Observing Memorial Day the URJ Camp Way

By Jamie Mafdali NFTY-STR youth professional; Youth Director at Temple Dor Dorim When some people think of Memorial Day they think of beaches, barbecues, and mattress sales. Others think of the men and women who lost their lives in service of this great country. And still others think of the memory of Jenny Rosenthal. As the beginnings of a URJ Mitzvah Corps camp for underprivileged children began to emerge in late 1987, Jenny Rosenthal from Montgomery, Alabama was killed in a serious car accident. Jenny Rosenthal loved URJ Camp Coleman and NFTY. Knowing the love that Jenny had for camp, it […]

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NFTY-STR: 15 Seconds

After two camping experiences with profound connections to Israel, Haley Dennis took her passion for Israel and her passion for dance and created an original piece that will be performed at NFTY Convention.

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Countdown to NFTY Convention 2015: How NFTY Inspired My Daughter

As every parent knows, when your child’s heart is bursting for joy, yours is, too. When your child’s heart is bursting for joy in anticipation before an event occurs, you’ve scored a gold mine. We’re at the “gold mine” level right now, as our daughter Shelby counts down to the upcoming NFTY Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia! As I write this, the convention is just under four months away.

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MVP Monday: Walking Through the Door

It can be hard to step away from a group of friends and welcome a new member in, but it’s something that is inspiring to everyone. At some point or another, we all felt like we were “lost” at a NFTY event, but we also all had that one person invite us to sit with them at dinner, be their partner for a mixer, or anything in between. After the participants are brought in by that one person, they will continue the same tradition in the future, which is something that is vital to the growth and success of NFTY.

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This past weekend was packed with NFTY festivities, from NFTY-SW and STR Fall Kallah, CAR Kickoff, and Na’aseh V’Nishmah! Check out just some of the incredible things that went down!

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NFTY-STR: Ice Cubes and Rocks

This past Wednesday, September 3, SchZFTY (Congregation Schaarai Zedek’s temple youth group) hosted their first open house, a forum for our teens to simply hang out and get to know one another on a much more personal level. As decided by our youth advisor, Lindsey Morgan, and myself, at each open house of the 2014-2015 year, SchZFTYites will have the unique opportunity to participate in a 30 to 45 minute program addressing a social action theme correlating to either NFTY-STR SAVP (Social Action Vice President) Noah Baker’s Monthly Mitzvah Theme, or a congregation-wide tzedakah theme. As SchZFTY’s SAVP, one of my responsibilities is to collaborate with Lindsey and our programming team to write and conduct these programs.

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