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Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution
 
Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

The teen activists of the URJ Kutz Camp, who participated in Alison Stamm's Political Advocacy minor last week, created these slideshows as a way to lobby NY State Legislators on the issue of transgender rights. They urged NY State Assemblyman Brabenec & NY State Senator Bonacic to support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A.4558-A/Gottfried)(S.61-A/Squadron).

An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

Dear Mr. Azoulay - Your statement regarding the legitimacy of Reform Jews was deplorable and has widespread negative consequences for World Progressive Jewry, a movement of which we are proud to be members, as well as the greater global Jewish community. We are saddened that someone representing our homeland would propagate ideas that we are illegitimate as Jews and unworthy of our own religious beliefs.

NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

On Sunday, the leaders came together for the biannual general assembly, Asefah, where the representatives from the 19 regions listened to regional reports and voted on critical legislation. One resolution on the table was a “Resolution Regarding Preferred Gender Pronouns on Nametags” which resolved that “at any NFTY North American event, participants will be given the opportunity to include their preferred pronouns on their nametags, and… are encouraged to introduce themselves with their preferred gender pronouns.” The resolution passed and will help ensure the full inclusion of teens, regardless of their gender identities, during NFTY North American events.

Nashir: We’ll Sing Together

Nashir: We’ll Sing Together

04 April 2014

Nashir: NFTY's Teen Songleading Institute is not your typical NFTY event. We don’t have programs on social action or world issues - It’s simply a bunch of teens that want to learn more about songleading

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NFTY-SAR: Embracing My Judaism

04 April 2014

Walking into first period and tucking her shiny metal pendant into her shirt, she remembers what had happened the last time she had forgotten to do so. “No, it’s not a pentagram.” She replied to the ignorant questions she had received that morning...

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NFTY-NEL: My First Event

04 April 2014

Going to my first NFTY-NEL event was, for lack of better words, an interesting affair. When it started, I was on the outside of the social circle that is NEL, but by the end, I too was heartbroken to leave the event and the friends that I had made.

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Why I Love Youth Group

Why I Love Youth Group

02 April 2014

Emily Dana grew up at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL. She has attended Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) and is now involved in her temple youth group (TYG) and NFTY’s Chicago Area Region. When we saw this video that Emily posted to YouTube about why she loves youth group, we had to share it with you! Here’s what Emily had to say about why she made this video: “I have been going to Jewish camp since I was 9 years old, and when I discovered youth group in eighth grade, it was like camp was all year round. […]

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NFTY-MV: Camp Rainbow, More Than a Mitzvah Project

NFTY-MV: Camp Rainbow, More Than a Mitzvah Project

29 March 2014

Mother, father, aunt, uncle - that’s who you become as a Camp Rainbow counselor. You are your camper’s rock. For one week, your camper relies on you to be all these people - a camp counselor.

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Teens raise $12,000 for ‘Shave for the Brave’ and champion pediatric cancer awareness and research funding in memory of Superman Sam

Teens raise $12,000 for ‘Shave for the Brave’ and champion pediatric cancer awareness and research funding in memory of Superman Sam

29 March 2014

On Tuesday April 1, more than 60 Rabbis will shave their heads to raise awareness of and funding for pediatric cancer research. The shave will take place during the 125th annual Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR) Convention. [You can watch the shave live online Tuesday at 9:30pm central time] The convention brings together members of the CCAR, the rabbinic leadership organization of Reform Judaism, with more than 2,000 Reform rabbis providing religious leadership in all walks of life.  The connection between the Reform rabbinic community and pediatric cancer advocacy began with the story of Samuel “Superman Sam” Sommer (pictured […]

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