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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

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.”

How NFTY Convention Changed Me

03 March 2013

By Marlana Fireman, NFTY-OV Religious & Cultural Vice President I recently embarked on the trip of a lifetime. As cliche as it sounds, it’s true. I woke up at 5:15am on a Friday and sped off into the night to the Port Columbus International Airport to begin my journey to Los Angeles, California for NFTY Convention 2013. I joined about 900 reform Jewish teens from around the world as well as about 300 staff members on an adventure that surely changed my life. The weekend was unforgettable, but someone particularly incredible stuck out in my mind: Marc Elliot, a former NFTY-ite and […]

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Kol Netzer: Netzer Olami International Magazine

01 March 2013

Each year, leaders from all of the Progressive Jewish youth movements from all around the world come together in Jerusalem to engage in thoughtful idea sharing, Jewish learning, and great collaboration at the Netzer Olami Veida.

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One Life is Like the Whole World

One Life is Like the Whole World

01 March 2013

Until December 24 of last year, I had never really thought about gun control. It was one thing on a long list of issues the government didn't seem to be doing much about. Why should laws be passed to prevent the slight chance of mass shootings when people die of inadequate health care every day? Prioritizing is key when creating laws.

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Amazing, Inspiring, Unforgettable: 5 Days at NFTY Convention

28 February 2013

By Aviva Symons, NFTY-PAR With so much anticaption, NFTY Convention was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life.  February 15 – 19, 2013 will always be remembered by the “Magic of NFTY” that I have learned to love and cherish. Arriving that Friday afternoon, I could not be more excited. Kind of overwhelming at first, I quickly realized that being greeted by 850 Jewish teens from all across the country and the world was the best feeling ever! Re-connecting with old friends from Kutz camp to NFTY in Israel and everything in between, I could not […]

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Including Teens on the ASD Spectrum

27 February 2013

At NFTY Convention, we presented a program about inclusion of teens on the Autism Spectrum in our NFTY community. We take a moment to reflect on the program and our ongoing initiative.

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NFTY-MV: Fundraising for Camp Rainbow

27 February 2013

When I walked into the CR fundraiser at Central Reform Congregation of St. Louis, hosted by CeRTY, I wasn’t expecting what I saw. I walked into a fundraiser run by a youth group with 10 members and saw how much work they put into it.

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