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Thank You for Being My Brother

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.”

The Boston Tragedy: Reflecting & Reacting

16 April 2013

Today I walked through the front door, eagerly asking my mom if it we were going on a run. She replied by pointing at the TV. The news was on and the screen read: ‘Two explosions at Boston Marathon Finish’.

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NFTY-NAR: That’s Why NFTY is Special

12 April 2013

I have recently been quoted for saying “Mom and Dad, I want to go on an adventure!” This past February, along with fellow BNTY member Adam, I represented our temple at NFTY Convention, where over 860 Jewish teens shared their love for Judaism.

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NFTY-MAR: Surpassing our Goals

05 April 2013

I am writing this blog with a smile on my face. To be honest, I could not be more proud to be a part of NFTY-MAR this year. Our fundraising efforts have surpassed my wildest dreams.

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NFTY-CAR: May Your Memory Be A Blessing. (Why I go to camp…)

05 April 2013

With summer quickly approaching, I have many asking me what I will be doing for the next 2 months. Summer is often associated with relaxing on the beach, spending quality time with family, and kicking back with old friends. However, my answer is different.

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Lobbying for Marriage Equality in Israel

29 March 2013

Two weeks ago, I was at the Knesset, Israel's legislative parliament, wearing Noar Telem's uniform, and I couldn't feel any prouder that we are making our voice abundantly clear in front of our elected representatives.

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NFTY-MAR: Temple Mitzvah Day

29 March 2013

On Sunday, March 10, my temple, Judea Reform, held our Mitzvah Day. Through extensive planning with the DRTY board, we had created a day of relaxed fun and volunteering.

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