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June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2 NFTY-PAR
 
June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 12, 2014 is remembered to many as the day that three Israeli boys, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped from a bus stop in Gush Etzion. It was a grim day, one that would prove to be a catalyst for the violent events that would occur later in the summer, culminating in what became known as the 50-Day War. As horrible as that day might have been, for me, it was also the day I stepped off a plane, boarded a bus, and tested my feet in the water of the Mediterranean Ocean as I watched my first Israeli sunrise from a beach near Tel Aviv.

Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

Unfortunately, gun violence enters our lives when we least expect it. As a movement based off the principle of tzedek, or justice, it is not enough for us to only recognize what is happening. It is our duty as NFTYites, as Jews, and as people to ensure gun violence is no longer part of our culture. There are many measures we can take towards raising awareness to gun violence prevention, but we need your help to make it happen.

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NFTY-PAR – Ongoing Professional Development: Wait, How Do You Do That?

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” This wise and intuitive statement was spoken by none other than one of the fathers of education, John Dewey. We are all educators. Whether you spend the lion’s share of your time planning and executing traditional education programs, youth group programs, or simply spending time with your families, we are all constantly teaching each other. As Jewish Educators, we believe that we should lead by example in every facet of our lives. This resonated with me when I was asked to participate this year in a joint venture offered by NFTY-PAR and Camp Harlam.

My Legs Were Praying

My Legs Were Praying

27 April 2015

That is entrenched racism. That is privilege. That is why I walked and thought and prayed my way from Selma to Montgomery; it’s not enough for only my teens to be safe. Emma Lazarus wrote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free.” Repairing the world requires activism on behalf of everyone. Social action is just that – action. It comes from a life of movement, continuing to put one foot in front of the other, praying with our legs, marching toward justice.

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NFTY-OV: Strong As Stone

27 April 2015

It was such a surreal feeling as I sat in the senior circle of my final NFTY event. I can’t help but think back to the person I was at my first event; just a little eighth grader who had no idea what lie ahead of me. I would give anything to take my younger self aside and explain all of the things I would do in the future, the people I would meet and the opportunities I would have; all thanks to NFTY.

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NFTY-NO: A Boy, a Giant, and Lessons on Leadership

27 April 2015

So there were these two armies, the Israelites and the Philistines, camped on two sides of a valley in Israel. The Philistines are attempting to dismantle the newly formed kingdom of Israel. Now, it was common practice in those days for armies to fight in a type of battle called single-combat in which both armies send down one warrior to fight and decide the battle.

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NFTY Alumni: Coming Back to NFTY

25 April 2015

I don't think I said anything profound, but I do remember saying that before I was president of NFTY, I was president of SCFTY, at which one person said, "My mom was in SCFTY." I suppose this could have made me feel old, but mainly it made me feel glad--I felt I was part of a continuity, and perhaps even more important, that the NFTYites in that room were part of a continuity.

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NFTY Alumni: New Newsletter for Alumni on Campus

22 April 2015

With 75 years under our belt, the wide world of NFTY alumni spans generations. We want to bridge the gap between current NFTY members and the NFTY alumni network by creating resources specifically for our youngest group of alumni: those on campus. That’s why we’ve launched a brand new newsletter just for college students, featuring news, articles and events specifically targeted to this demographic. Take a look at our first mailing below, share with a friend, and let us know if you want to be on the list for our next mailing in advance of the new school year! We […]

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NFTY-TOR: Shmooze Spring Kallah

17 April 2015

For our last event of the year, the TOR Board wants to talk about something simple: what do we hope NFTY looks like in the future, and what are our goals for it? With 2/3 of the board graduating, it's an amazing reflection and way to say thank you to NFTY for an amazing experience.

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