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5 Things I Saw In Israel During Elections

This past week I took an amazing family trip to Israel. We started in the north and travelled around the country for about 9 days. Our trip happened to fall on Israel’s federal elections. It was an interesting time to be in Israel, and these are a few things my family and I experienced while we were there.

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NFTY-CWR: Special Report – NFTY Convention

The first thought that most people have when they hear NFTY Convention is “What is that?” NFTY is the North American Federation of Temple Youth. In February, NFTY held its bi- annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia with 1,000 teens and 300 staff members, or youth professionals, in attendance. The theme “Myself, My Community and My World” was the perfect definition of everything that we were about to explore in our journey throughout the weekend.

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NFTY SOCAL D’var Torah: Knowing Whom We Stand Before

“Leadership.” This word, the theme of our weekend together, has been tossed around a lot lately. But more often than not, we talk about leadership as some big, vague concept and rarely actually talk about the meaning behind it. One of my favorite Jewish teachings talks a little bit about the meaning of leadership:

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NFTY-GER: After NFTY Convention, GER Teens Debrief with In-flight Interviews

27 February 2015

At the end of any NFTY event, especially on the ride home, NFTY-GER teens are always torn between being super excited after a great few days with their friends, and being completely exhausted from non-stop action and a severe lack of sleep. After NFTY Convention, these feelings are exponentially amplified. As it turns out, even in our state of exhaustion, the plane ride home from NFTY Convention is a great time to get candid, instant feedback from the teens, and even youth professionals. As many NFTY-GER teens and advisors shared a flight home from Atlanta, I took the opportunity to conduct a few “NFTY-GER In-Flight Interviews.”

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The Power of Generational Leadership

26 February 2015

At NFTY Convention 2015 in Atlanta a couple of weekends ago, I watched with many past NFTY Board members as the 2015-2016 NFTY Board-Elect took the stage for the first time. Suddenly, as we began to sing Josh Nelson’s version of L’dor V’dor, a wave of nostalgia swelled within me and I finally understood the impact of generational leadership – it just happened two years after my time on NFTY Board.

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NFTY Competitions Winners Announced at NFTY Convention

23 February 2015

At NFTY Convention last week, the winners of the NFTY Competitions were presented throughout the weekend. Below are the winners of each of the five categories. Be sure to wish them a hearty Mazal Tov, as well as to experience each piece!

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Announcing the 2015-16/5775-76 NFTY North American Board-elect

20 February 2015

On Sunday, the 2015-2016 NFTY North American Board was elected. Their terms will formally begin on June 20, when they are installed at Mechina, which will take place at the URJ Kutz Camp, June 19-23, 2015. I am thrilled to fill you in on the extensive background of our new board:

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The Campaign for Youth Empowerment

19 February 2015

The following is a transcript of the speech given by NFTY President Debbie Rabinovich at the closing plenary of NFTY Convention 2015. Something I’ve realized time and time again over the last few years and especially this weekend is that NFTYites have the power to make great change.

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D’Var Torah: Extending NFTY’s Tabernacle

16 February 2015

Logan Kramer is the winner of the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D'var Torah Competition. Below is a transcript of her winning piece. Logan is a senior from NFTY-TOR.

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