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June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2 NFTY-PAR
 
June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 12, 2014 is remembered to many as the day that three Israeli boys, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped from a bus stop in Gush Etzion. It was a grim day, one that would prove to be a catalyst for the violent events that would occur later in the summer, culminating in what became known as the 50-Day War. As horrible as that day might have been, for me, it was also the day I stepped off a plane, boarded a bus, and tested my feet in the water of the Mediterranean Ocean as I watched my first Israeli sunrise from a beach near Tel Aviv.

Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

Unfortunately, gun violence enters our lives when we least expect it. As a movement based off the principle of tzedek, or justice, it is not enough for us to only recognize what is happening. It is our duty as NFTYites, as Jews, and as people to ensure gun violence is no longer part of our culture. There are many measures we can take towards raising awareness to gun violence prevention, but we need your help to make it happen.

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NFTY-PAR – Ongoing Professional Development: Wait, How Do You Do That?

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” This wise and intuitive statement was spoken by none other than one of the fathers of education, John Dewey. We are all educators. Whether you spend the lion’s share of your time planning and executing traditional education programs, youth group programs, or simply spending time with your families, we are all constantly teaching each other. As Jewish Educators, we believe that we should lead by example in every facet of our lives. This resonated with me when I was asked to participate this year in a joint venture offered by NFTY-PAR and Camp Harlam.

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NFTY-PAR: Accepting Social Action through the Parsha

27 January 2014

Where do we find Moses and Jethro in our greater surroundings? I believe we find Moses in underserved and underprivileged communities. I think we find Moses in vulnerable people, whether that is due to abuse, homelessness, poverty, mental illness you name it -- people who have been dealt an extremely difficult hand, with very vague instructions.

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Opening Netzer Olami Veida in Israel

18 January 2014

As we started to descend from our eleven-hour plane ride, it was getting increasingly clearer to the passengers around me that this was my first trip to Israel. Perhaps it was because I looked out the window and loudly exclaimed...

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The Ideology of Netzer Veida

17 January 2014

“It’s only been three days and we’re already such good friends!” I’ve heard NFTYites make this excited claim at the end of almost every NFTY event I’ve been to for the past five years and Netzer Veida Olamit is no different.

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NFTY Alumni in CAR/NO

Why I’m proud to be a NFTY Alumna

02 January 2014

Almost 15 years after my first event as a participant, I was truly struck by the amount of alumni who had also returned this weekend to be part of the largest Winter Kallah these two regions have ever seen.

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NFTY-CAR: On Religious Misunderstanding

28 December 2013

To all the kids who are misunderstood because of their religion. A spoken word poem by Danielle W., of NFTY-CAR.

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NFTY-SO: My First Biennial (and first flight!)

23 December 2013

"I can't wait!" and "I'm so excited!" were all I could think before Biennial. This would be a weekend of firsts - my first Biennial, my first flight, and my first time meeting anyone attending, as I was the only NFTYite from the Southern region attending.

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