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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-SO: Keep Moving

23 January 2015

Look around. For every step forward, a privilege is recognized, and for every step back we acknowledge a challenge that not everyone faces that makes our road to success bumpy. The activity we just did represents the privileges that members of NFTY Southern enjoy as a region and as you can see, we are in a very blessed spot when it comes to these everyday opportunities.

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NFTY-NAR: We Made Services for the Community at NFTY-NAR’s Fall Kallah

22 January 2015

And I left them with a message, for that service, for that Kallah, and for their life: despite your tears and your sympathy, do not let these stories let you lose hope. This community around you will enable you to make a difference. If you have a vision for what you want to change in the world, use a community. With the love, passion, and courage of a blessed group like NFTY-NAR, you can have a profound impact.

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NFTY-SAR: To Inclusion and Beyond!

21 January 2015

This year, one of NFTY’s Social Action themes is inclusion. NFTY’s policies and outlook are morphing in an effort to accommodate, accept, and involve every Jewish teen in NFTY, as well as promoting inclusion beyond NFTY. With Benjamin eager to attend, NFTY-SAR welcomed Benjamin into our Fall Kallah in November. Benjamin’s parents had no idea that this year’s Social Action would hit so close to home. They shared their excitement and gratitude NFTY and the incredible strides we’ve taken, take, and hope to take.

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Netzer Veida: Investing in the Issue

19 January 2015

Like many Jewish teens, I was raised to love Israel. Dayschool education, Sunday school, URJ camps – all were components of my identity as a Reform Zionist Jew, and all taught me the ties, both emotional and historical, that bound me to Eretz Israel. But much as I cared for Israel, it had once been nothing but paragraphs in a textbook, perhaps an anecdote from a respected teacher. When I took my first trip to Israel with NFTY two years ago, it suddenly became real, and afterward, the news stories and social media feeds that had once flooded my mind began to impact me emotionally as well. Israel had become real to me – an actual land filled with people I knew and cared about. Real world experience materialize issues for me, transforming it from entity to reality.

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Netzer Veida: One Community, One Family

18 January 2015

The world shrunk this weekend. Three days ago, France was millions of miles away, Australia was on a different planet, and Israel was light years away. Today, I have 14 new countries in my backyard. These countries became places filled with real people and real problems; they jumped out of the news headlines and the TV screens all because of the people we met in the past couple of days.

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L’Taken: Justice for All

16 January 2015

Everyday I go to school and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Every time I say it the last 3 words stick out to me the most. Those three words are “justice for all”. How is it justice for all when people with disabilities still lag behind in the National Average for having a complete education? Are they lacking in their educations because they actually cannot learn or because they are placed in schools where the teachers are not willing to teach the students the way they need to be taught. How is it justice when 29.2% of the disabled people live in poverty because of their lack of education? How is it justice when the people with disabilities are discriminated against for how they look and work to the point where they are often ignored as potential employees?

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