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Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue NFTY – Fighting for Racial Justice Finding Uniqueness in My NFTY Region
 
Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue

Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue

This past June, teen leaders from all across the United States and Canada came together for NFTY Mechina, NFTY’s first North American board meeting of the 2016-2017 year at URJ Kutz Camp. Together we prayed, learned, and grew as leaders. As a movement, we had the opportunity to take a stance on our beliefs and affirm our commitment to pursuing social justice.

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NFTY – Fighting for Racial Justice

Throughout the past week, our country has been devastated by violence. Together, with the communities of Baton Rouge, Falcon Heights, and Dallas, we mourn the deaths of Alton Sterling, Philando Castile, and officers Brent Thompson, Patrick Zamarripa, Michael Krol, Lorne Ahrens, and Michael Smith. As we remember the lives that were lost, we also struggle to comprehend how we have allowed institutional and systemic racism to persist in our country. The tragic violence of the past week serves as a reminder that we must recommit ourselves to fighting for racial justice in the United States.

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Finding Uniqueness in My NFTY Region

I am a part of a NFTY, a North American movement which holds close to its core the pursuit of justice. In a very finite way, because of my NFTY region's geographic location in the south, we have a unique quest for justice. While all nineteen NFTY regions convened at URJ Kutz Camp to become a unified general board, the events of NFTY Mechina led me to think more deeply about what it means to be a member of NFTY who lives in the deep south.

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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How Can We Redefine Leadership?

28 July 2014

NFTY is made up of over 7,000 Jewish teens from across North America. In each of the 19 regions, there is a wide range of teens who serve on their regional board. Each has something special to add to their position, and each recognizes their role as a leader. However, what about the other teens in our movement? Why shouldn't they have the opportunity to serve their region, too? These questions came up a lot during my time at the URJ Kutz Camp this summer, where I had the opportunity to learn from almost 80 passionate Regional and Temple Youth Group leaders in the Leadership Academy.

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NFTY Spotlight: Timothy Holidness

17 July 2014

NFTYites are up to some incredible things, and Timothy Holdiness is one of them. He recently participated in a Microsoft Office competition and took home the top prize for his skills with Powerpoint. As he prepares to take his skills to the international level, we sat down and got to ask Timothy a few questions!

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Exploring the Situation in Israel

15 July 2014

Is your Facebook feed full of mixed facts and opinions on the situation in Israel and Gaza, and you’re not really sure what to think? Take a look at the last week’s Webinar and Q and A session discussing the situation:       A rocket is fired. You have 15 seconds to find shelter. This is the reality right now in Ashkelon, in Ashdod, in Be’er Sheva, Jerusalem, Hebron, Shaar HaNegev. This has been the reality for the last 8 days in Tel Aviv, in Modi’in, and in Gaza City. This is the reality for our brothers and sisters in […]

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“If You Had the Attention of the URJ President…”

10 July 2014

By Matt Mandel, NFTY-NAR New York City Membership Vice President 2014-2015 A few days ago I was going about a regular day during my first week at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp. It was time for chuggim, or electives, so I looked at the Expo board in the dining hall and at the top of the list was a very intriguing choice called: “If you had the attention of the URJ President…” I hurried over because, initially, I thought Rabbi Rick Jacobs was leading the chug. To my slight dismay, I only found a few camp participants and […]

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