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The Balance of Tu B’Av

  Hope Chernak is the Director of Youth and Informal Education at Temple Shaaray Tefila. Today is Tu B’Av.  Did you know that? Tu B’Av it’s one of those Jewish Holidays that not everyone is familiar with since it falls over the summer.  In the past, if Valentine’s Day fell on one of our youth group nights (TaSTY Lounge Night), I would use the opportunity to talk about Tu B’Av with our teens so they had a chance to learn about this summer holiday (even in the dead of the winter!).  I always found it interesting that this holiday comes […]

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

06 June 2014

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.”

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Confirmation: a Time to Reflect on Jewish Experiences (NFTY-PAR)

06 June 2014

How My Jewish Journey Will Continue On After Confirmation Written by: Congregation Shaarai Shomayim Confirmation Class of 2014, Lancaster, PA

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NFTY-STR: TYGs Come Together for Big Event

05 June 2014

Our goal was to be inclusive and welcoming to all who wished to participate. With over 60 Jewish teens, we were successful.

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Throwback Thursday: Best Moments in NFTY

05 June 2014

As the 2013-2014 school year comes to an end, NFTY hosted a Throwback Thursday (#TBT) event, asking participants to share their favorite moments from the year that was. Here are just a few of the photos submitted:

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NFTY-PAR: Building Up BESTY

02 June 2014

When I first started as Director of Youth and Family Programs at Beth Emeth, there was no teen youth group program. It was my duty to change this, which is something I set as a personal goal. By the end of the school year I wanted to have a full teen board for our youth group BESTY.

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NFTY-CAR: Danielle Wright Talks Torah

02 June 2014

The following is a selection from a D'var Torah given by Danielle Wright at NFTY-CAR Kolbo, May 3rd, 2014. As I completed my thought process, I reflected on my NFTY experience.I remember one particular topic. B'tzelem Elohim. In the image of G-D. (It also happens to be my favorite Dan Nichols song!) None the less, after pondering my original reaction to the Torah portion, I began to wonder about how I am looked at by G-D. Because I perceived this Torah portion to be a little ADHD, does that therefore make me ADHD? I also had an initial reaction to this portion being egocentric. Does this make me an egocentric person?I then wondered that if G-D is Holy and One, are WE, then, Holy and One?

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