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Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution
 
Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

The teen activists of the URJ Kutz Camp, who participated in Alison Stamm's Political Advocacy minor last week, created these slideshows as a way to lobby NY State Legislators on the issue of transgender rights. They urged NY State Assemblyman Brabenec & NY State Senator Bonacic to support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A.4558-A/Gottfried)(S.61-A/Squadron).

An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

Dear Mr. Azoulay - Your statement regarding the legitimacy of Reform Jews was deplorable and has widespread negative consequences for World Progressive Jewry, a movement of which we are proud to be members, as well as the greater global Jewish community. We are saddened that someone representing our homeland would propagate ideas that we are illegitimate as Jews and unworthy of our own religious beliefs.

NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

On Sunday, the leaders came together for the biannual general assembly, Asefah, where the representatives from the 19 regions listened to regional reports and voted on critical legislation. One resolution on the table was a “Resolution Regarding Preferred Gender Pronouns on Nametags” which resolved that “at any NFTY North American event, participants will be given the opportunity to include their preferred pronouns on their nametags, and… are encouraged to introduce themselves with their preferred gender pronouns.” The resolution passed and will help ensure the full inclusion of teens, regardless of their gender identities, during NFTY North American events.

A Jewish Teen First, A NFTYite Second

19 February 2014

This past week I had an incredible opportunity to attend the BBYO International Convention (IC) in Dallas, Texas. Yes, I—a diehard NFTYite—attended a BBYO event. Even more important, I am very happy I chose to do so.

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2014-15 NFTY North American Board

Announcing the 2014-15/5774-75 NFTY North American Board-elect

19 February 2014

Over President’s Day weekend, 130 teen leaders from our 19 NFTY regions participated in a leadership retreat and board meeting at URJ Greene Family Camp. They elected a new North American board for 2014-2015/5774-5775. We are pleased to introduce you to the NFTY board-elect. They will officially be installed during the next NFTY general board meeting in June at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY.

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NFTY-NE: Jewish, Feminist, & Strong: Lessons from my Role Model

18 February 2014

My parents don’t talk about feminism, but feminism is not lacking in my household. Still, the words “equality of opportunity,” or “feminism” have rarely been said aloud under this roof. As my interest in feminism continues to expand, I rely more and more on my mom to be my role model of the strong, Jewish, feminist.

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Live from NFTY Veida: 2014 Regional Leadership Weekend

15 February 2014

This weekend, our 19 regional boards have come together at URJ Greene Family Camp for NFTY Veida. They will participate in an Asefah, NFTY’s general board meeting, where together with the NFTY North American Board they will make important decisions on business for the upcoming year. They will also elect the 2014-15 NFTY North American Board. [<a href=”//storify.com/nfty/nftyveida2014″ target=”_blank”>View the story “#NFTYVeida2014″ on Storify</a>]

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NE Girls T’fillah

NFTY-NE: Finding Strength in All-Girls T’fillah

11 February 2014

One night in late August, I received a call asking me if I could song lead a service at Summer Institute: the all-girls service. I'd been song leading for a couple of years, but I'd never gotten to lead a service within NFTY.

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NFTY-NAR: On My First Kallah

10 February 2014

I am proud to say that I recently spent a weekend in Wantagh, NY, for NFTY-NAR’s Winter Kallah. As a camper at URJ Crane Lake Camp, before this weekend I was already pretty familiar with NFTY. Invariably, friends told me it was one of the best things they'd done. So I tried it.

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