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Why I Am Wearing Orange on June 2

By Maddie Newman, NFTY Texas Oklahoma Since living in Texas for the past twelve years, I’ve grown up with the concept of guns being in my friend’s houses, being used by my neighbor on his yearly hunting trip, and being on display in a decorative glass box. Until I was thirteen, I didn’t know what gun violence was. I was in my fifth summer at the URJ Greene Family Camp when my counselors were told about the deadly movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado where twelve people were killed. I remember the shock on their faces and surprise we all […]

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NFTY Participates in Wear Orange Day 2016

As we approach the second annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the United States, NFTY is again “Wearing Orange” on June 2nd. Last year, NFTY the RAC, and the URJ were founding partners in this important day when people across the country, including politicians, celebrities, sports teams, and thousands of members of the Reform Jewish Movement changed their profile pictures and posted on social media to take a stand against gun violence.

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30 Days 30 Events – April is NFTY’s Busiest Month of the Year

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NFTY-STR: 15 Seconds

04 February 2015

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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NFTY-RCVP: Finding Family in Boise

02 February 2015

On Friday night, NFTY NW prayed with the local congregants and the awesome Rabbi Dan Fink. It was apparent that from the second NFTYites stepped foot into the synagogue the CABI community was rejuvenated The Jews in southwestern Idaho are, for the most part, not teenagers. During the Saturday morning service led by NW RCVP Sarah Freyd, and NW Songleader Michael Fishman, the congregation got on their feet, smiling, and seemingly refreshed. I have never seen a community as impacted and genuinely happy to see so many teenagers storming through their doors.

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NFTY-TOR: Winter Conclave Shmooze

02 February 2015

This month, TOR's enjoying its second TYG-hosted event of the year, Winter Conclave in Houston. Because events are even more special when a host TYG like BIFTY puts on an amazing event, the regional board remembered its favorite memories from Conclaves.

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NFTY-PAR: My Introduction to ARZA

29 January 2015

During NFTY-PAR’s social action oriented event, WINSTY, I learned something new that will now impact my Reform Jewish experience forever. Rabbi Jack Paskoff, the Rabbi at our host synagogue, introduced me to ARZA (ahr-tzah), the Association of Reform Zionists of America—who they are, what they do, and why it is important that we act now to support them. I had never known of this organization, and now I am not only aware of it, but I believe it is my duty to advocate for ARZA, because I believe in Reform Judaism and I believe in Israel being the homeland of all the Jewish people.

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NFTY-PAR: Making a Difference with a Small Donation

26 January 2015

Being a part of the NFTY-PAR community has affected me in many different ways. I have made life-long friendships, learned many Jewish values, including helping others that are less fortunate. However, the most important part to me is the social action component. Over the weekend of January 16th-18th, WINSTY was held at my temple, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, PA. Over the weekend PARticipants from all across Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, helped improve my community while having a fun time with friends. It was inspiring for me to see my fellow PARites learn and grow from projects they participated in throughout the Lancaster community.

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NFTY-MV: “Do Not Stand Idly By”

23 January 2015

At Winter Chavurah, Regional Board worked with Jonah Freelander, the Assistant Director of Mitzvah Corps, to run a program based on the teaching “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Lev. 19:16). The purpose of the program was to allow participants to individually participate in many different station-based experiences derived from the modern social action movement, such as with transgender issues or #blacklivesmatter.

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