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NFTY-PAR: My Introduction to ARZA

During NFTY-PAR’s social action oriented event, WINSTY, I learned something new that will now impact my Reform Jewish experience forever. Rabbi Jack Paskoff, the Rabbi at our host synagogue, introduced me to ARZA (ahr-tzah), the Association of Reform Zionists of America—who they are, what they do, and why it is important that we act now to support them. I had never known of this organization, and now I am not only aware of it, but I believe it is my duty to advocate for ARZA, because I believe in Reform Judaism and I believe in Israel being the homeland of all the Jewish people.

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NFTY-PAR: Making a Difference with a Small Donation

Being a part of the NFTY-PAR community has affected me in many different ways. I have made life-long friendships, learned many Jewish values, including helping others that are less fortunate. However, the most important part to me is the social action component. Over the weekend of January 16th-18th, WINSTY was held at my temple, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, PA. Over the weekend PARticipants from all across Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, helped improve my community while having a fun time with friends. It was inspiring for me to see my fellow PARites learn and grow from projects they participated in throughout the Lancaster community.

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NFTY-MV: “Do Not Stand Idly By”

At Winter Chavurah, Regional Board worked with Jonah Freelander, the Assistant Director of Mitzvah Corps, to run a program based on the teaching “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Lev. 19:16). The purpose of the program was to allow participants to individually participate in many different station-based experiences derived from the modern social action movement, such as with transgender issues or #blacklivesmatter.

Hugging it Out at NFTY Convention

05 January 2015

During my NFTY experience, one prominent factor has been present throughout: hugging. It’s a physical sign of the mishpacha, the family, we have formed together. NFTY Convention 2013 was no exception. I hugged my sister when we finally landed in LA after five hours of traveling, three time zones, and one layover. I hugged someone I’d never met before in the airport and who I couldn’t stop talking to on the bus. Amidst joyous reunions at the hotel, I hugged my friends from NFTY-PAR, HUC weekends, Kutz, and all the other friends I’d made at URJ programs over the years.

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MVP Monday: See Y’all in Atlanta!

05 January 2015

I have a little proposition for you. What if I told you there was a place where you could meet NFTYites from all across the continent? What if I told you that this place also has amazing speakers and customizable programming? What if I told you that this place is still open for registration TONIGHT ONLY? Jump on this chance, because believe me; NFTY Convention will be the best experience of your life.

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MVP Monday: URJ Summer Opportunities

29 December 2014

Whether you find yourself in Warwick NY, Israel, or Nicaragua, your summer with NFTY will be unforgettable and life-changing. As alumni of two of these programs, we can confidently say that you won't come back the same person you left as. Sign up now, you won't regret it.

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MVP Monday: Lead From Your Seat

22 December 2014

I want to encourage everyone to be that leader from their seat. In most cases, the best leaders are the people who actively engage in the programs, who bring forth new ideas, and who show that they truly care about the organization. Titles don’t matter; what really counts is that you show your passion and love for NFTY. Do that, and people will notice. They will turn their heads towards you when a leader is needed because a title does not define a leader, a leader defines a leader.

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MVP Monday: How to Publicize Your Event

16 December 2014

Bringing together creative and innovative publicizing tactics from NFTY-GER and NE provided us with a large amount of information and many different options to share with you. We invite you to communicate with one another to share useful and effective advertising techniques to help our regions have fun while also encouraging people to sign up for events. Networking with one another as well as partnering with your advisors is the best way to get the creativity flowing! Now that you’ve got the tools, go out and publicize!

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NFTY-TOR: Fall-ish Conclave Shmooze!

08 December 2014

NFTY-TOR's Fall-ish Conclave is over, but our lives as superpowered AvenJews is just beginning. In the spirit of the event's focus on building community through our own values, the regional board decided to discuss the value of inclusion. Enjoy!

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