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NFTY-PAR: My Introduction to ARZA

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

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”

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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Lobbying with AIPAC: The Opportunity to Make a Real Difference

07 March 2014

Activism. The opportunity to make a difference is all around us. And I think I made it. Lobbying was exhausting. I spent the day with a huge smile plastered on my face and hadn’t introduced myself this many times since my very first NFTY event. My feet hurt, I was hungry, but I know I made a difference.

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The LGBTQIA Inclusion Task Force: Forging Connections for a Fully Inclusive Community

26 February 2014

By Helaine Bach, a member of NFTY-SW and Temple Mount Sinai in El Paso The four days I spent at NFTY Veida last weekend have reaffirmed my love for the NFTY community, my confidence in our ability to make progress as a movement, and my excitement for my own personal future. My time at NFTY Veida and spending time working with the NFTY LGBTQIA Inclusion Task Force were phenomenal. I can hardly describe the impact this weekend has had on my life, but I’d like to try.

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NFTY-MAR: A Summer at Harlam

26 February 2014

I have spent two straight summers at URJ Camp Harlam and both were truly spectacular. There are too many amazing things that I did to list them all, but the most important part of camp to me is the people.

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NFTY-NE: SpongeBob and Our Jewish Community

26 February 2014

What was I doing trying to discuss SpongeBob SquarePants at a Jewish service? Relating to Judaism is hard; relating to cartoons is child’s play.

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BBYO Mifgash & Veida 2014: NFTY Leaders Reflect

20 February 2014

NFTY leaders reflect on their experiences at the BBYO NFTY Mifgash and Veida 2014:

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A Jewish Teen First, A NFTYite Second

19 February 2014

This past week I had an incredible opportunity to attend the BBYO International Convention (IC) in Dallas, Texas. Yes, I—a diehard NFTYite—attended a BBYO event. Even more important, I am very happy I chose to do so.

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