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New Opportunity for Teens: Israel Engagement Committee Why Voicing Your Choice Matters: NFTY’s Response to the 2016 US Presidential Election How NFTY and the Olympics Inspired Each Other to Take Action in the Refugee Crisis
 
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New Opportunity for Teens: Israel Engagement Committee

The 2016 race for the United States Presidency has been unlike any other in recent memory. From reproductive rights to minimum wage to the Keystone Pipeline, candidates are taking divisive stances on a wide range of topics. As seen through NFTY's Voice Your Choice Campaign, it is essential for us to be engaged and informed on the issues that are important to ourselves and our Jewish communities. One such issue that directly impacts the American Jewish population is the relationship between Israel and the United States.

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Why Voicing Your Choice Matters: NFTY’s Response to the 2016 US Presidential Election

As you may have seen in your American Government textbooks, democracy is a “government by the people, both directly or indirectly, with free and frequent elections.” Therefore, democracies only function when the citizens of democratic nations become educated and involved in their political processes. Political involvement is typically thought of as casting a ballot at the polls, but in actuality, voting is only the tip of the iceberg.

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How NFTY and the Olympics Inspired Each Other to Take Action in the Refugee Crisis

In an action reminiscent of the unity shown during the Summer Olympics, refugee resettlement will be addressed by Jewish teens all over the world – and NFTY is following suit. At this year’s NFTY Mechina, it was decided that refugee resettlement will be the subject of the NFTY Study Theme for the upcoming year.

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NFTY-PAR: Inserting Judaism

02 September 2014

Judaism is what brings us together. It is the one thing all kids in NFTY-PAR have in common, no matter how religious one is or what synagogue they belong to. The interesting question that raises is, should Judaism be incorporated in our programs and activities and how? Or should it be just our shared characteristic?

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NFTY-MVP: Coming to a Blog Near You

02 September 2014

COMING SOON TO A BLOG NEAR YOU: MVP MONDAY!! I’ve come to realize that in NFTY, we often say we should “start with why,” a quote taken from Simon Sinek’s informational TedTalk (insert link here). All of the greatest organizations, all of the greatest leaders in the world don’t believe in first defining the problem. They believe that they must first understand why they do what they do. This holds true in NFTY, because we continually progress and change. I believe we should “start with why.”

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NFTY-GER: Israel from the Inside

28 August 2014

This summer I had the most incredible experiences of my life. I traveled the world, made lifelong friends, learned about the history of my people, and strengthened my faith in Judaism. I was able to experience Israel in a way that all Israelis spend their lives-- in a time of war.

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Throwback Thursday: PAR and NE

28 August 2014

After a wonderful summer, NFTY-PAR and NFTY-NE both kicked off their new school year with an event! PAR's Summer Leadership Kallah and NE's Summer Institute were both roaring successes. Take a look!

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Throwback Thursday: SumKa14!

21 August 2014

A little over a week ago, NFTY-CAR and NFTY-NO came together for Summer Kallah 2014! This week, we celebrate Throwback Thursday with a #TBT to #SumKa14!

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The Balance of Tu B’Av

11 August 2014

  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 […]

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