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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

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

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.

Respect and Learning Central to Understanding Challenges in Israel

As we discuss our perspectives on this difficult topic, it is important that we remember the Talmudic lesson of Eruvin 13b. In response to a debate between the school of Hillel and that of Shamai, two great Rabbinic leaders, we are reminded that “elu v’elu divrei elohim chayim — These and these are the words of the Living God.”

NFTY-MAR: How’s your summer?

31 July 2013

What's up NFTY-MAR?! Long time no see! Hope all of you are having great summers, whether you are at a camp, on a summer program, traveling, working, or just hanging at home.

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NFTY-MAR: Musings on Mechina

15 July 2013

My board and I recently returned from Mechina, an awesome 5-day event for regional board members all over the nation. It was a great experience, and inspired parts of this blog post! This post contains excerpts from some of musings and writings that I wanted to share.

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Mechina: More than Just a Board Meeting

09 July 2013

Phil K, NFTY-NAR CVP pondered, “So, what are you going to do at this event?” he was completely unable to answer her question, mostly because he had absolutely no clue. Phil had never been to an event solely based on leadership.

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In the News: KU Student Elected to URJ National Board of Trustees

In the News: KU Student Elected to URJ National Board of Trustees

03 July 2013

University of Kansas sophomore and NFTY's immediate past President, Evan Traylor, has been elected as the first teen to become a full member of the North American Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ).

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Engagement Through Partnership

02 July 2013

Erin Goldstrom, Youth Director at Congregation Beth Am in California, partnered with another congregation for an overnight tzedek trip. Looking back, she learned a successful lesson in synagogue partnership leading to teen engagement.

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02 July 2013

Nearly two weeks ago I, along with 7 other MAR regional board members, met up with the members of the other 18 regional boards in Warwick, New York at the URJ Kutz Camp for Mechina! Read more to see what we accomplished...

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