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Throwback Thursday: SumKa14!

A little over a week ago, NFTY-CAR and NFTY-NO came together for Summer Kallah 2014! This week, we celebrate Throwback Thursday with a #TBT to #SumKa14!

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The Balance of Tu B’Av

  Hope Chernak is the Director of Youth and Informal Education at Temple Shaaray Tefila. Today is Tu B’Av.  Did you know that? Tu B’Av it’s one of those Jewish Holidays that not everyone is familiar with since it falls over the summer.  In the past, if Valentine’s Day fell on one of our youth group nights (TaSTY Lounge Night), I would use the opportunity to talk about Tu B’Av with our teens so they had a chance to learn about this summer holiday (even in the dead of the winter!).  I always found it interesting that this holiday comes […]

Throwback Thursday Mechina Edition

A little over a week ago, NFTY's general board arrived at the URJ Kutz Camp for five days of learning, praying, and growing. While the event might be over, it's time to throw it back to all of the incredible people and events that made the long weekend unforgettable. t

Throwback Thursday: Pride Day 2014

03 July 2014

Throwback Thursday: Pride Day 2014 This past Sunday, representatives from the URJ Kutz Camp got the chance to go to the New York City Pride Parade. They shared their experience on social media throughout the day!

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NFTY: Inclusion Through Prayer

27 June 2014

The following is an open letter to NFTY's general board, as well as those interested in learning more about inclusion through services. Shalom NFTY! This past weekend 137 Mechina participants were involved in Saturday morning services that incorporated a heightened sense of inclusion and modeled inclusive practices throughout.

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Throwback Thursday Mechina Edition

26 June 2014

A little over a week ago, NFTY's general board arrived at the URJ Kutz Camp for five days of learning, praying, and growing. While the event might be over, it's time to throw it back to all of the incredible people and events that made the long weekend unforgettable. t

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NFTY: The Balance of Chukat

25 June 2014

The following is a D’var Torah given by NFTY President Debbie Rabinovich on the first day of the summer session at the URJ Kutz Camp. This week’s parsha, Chukat, is filled with contradictions. We just stood at Sinai, completely healthy and whole, and received the Torah, which brings us life. Suddenly we are confronted by the deaths of Miriam and Aaron. Directly between these two extremes, life and death, God or the writers of the Torah decide to throw in some good old ritual law, a b’nei mitzvah student or NFTY President’s favorite treat. The ritual described is the burning […]

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

24 June 2014

The following is a transcript of a speech delivered during Saturday morning services by Zak Kadish, NFTY Ohio Valley Programming Vice President, at NFTY Mechina last week. 356 days ago, the lives of my brother Ethan Kadish, my family, and myself were changed forever by a freak weather incident, a bolt out of the blue. When my brother was struck by lightning, our entire world was shattered, replaced by an impermeable darkness and fear for the future.

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Not Four Years but Forever

Not Four Years but Forever

23 June 2014

School’s out for summer… or at least Hebrew school is! My son Lathan, while waiting to graduate secular high school at the end of June, officially completed 13 years (including kindergarten) of Hebrew school, which he lovingly refers to as “Jew school.” In those 13 years, Lathan has seen countless changes in our synagogue’s staffing and structure, including the merger of our congregation with another. He also served as a madrich for the third grade class, helped paint a mural in the school wing, and had amazing Hebrew High School experiences, including a trip to Germany to learn about survival, history, and the Holocaust. It was the Hebrew High School curriculum that allowed my out-of-the-box thinker son to thrive. While still structured, the curriculum allowed for open discussions, where no topic was taboo. He challenged his classmates, teachers, and the clergy – sometimes just because it was fun to do. He brought his classroom discussions home, challenging my wife, daughter, and me, and into his secular high school, challenging his teachers and classmates there.

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