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NFTY-PAR: My Introduction to ARZA

During NFTY-PAR’s social action oriented event, WINSTY, I learned something new that will now impact my Reform Jewish experience forever. Rabbi Jack Paskoff, the Rabbi at our host synagogue, introduced me to ARZA (ahr-tzah), the Association of Reform Zionists of America—who they are, what they do, and why it is important that we act now to support them. I had never known of this organization, and now I am not only aware of it, but I believe it is my duty to advocate for ARZA, because I believe in Reform Judaism and I believe in Israel being the homeland of all the Jewish people.

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NFTY-PAR: Making a Difference with a Small Donation

Being a part of the NFTY-PAR community has affected me in many different ways. I have made life-long friendships, learned many Jewish values, including helping others that are less fortunate. However, the most important part to me is the social action component. Over the weekend of January 16th-18th, WINSTY was held at my temple, Congregation Shaarai Shomayim in Lancaster, PA. Over the weekend PARticipants from all across Pennsylvania, Southern New Jersey and Delaware, helped improve my community while having a fun time with friends. It was inspiring for me to see my fellow PARites learn and grow from projects they participated in throughout the Lancaster community.

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NFTY-MV: “Do Not Stand Idly By”

At Winter Chavurah, Regional Board worked with Jonah Freelander, the Assistant Director of Mitzvah Corps, to run a program based on the teaching “Do not stand idly by while your neighbor’s blood is shed.” (Lev. 19:16). The purpose of the program was to allow participants to individually participate in many different station-based experiences derived from the modern social action movement, such as with transgender issues or #blacklivesmatter.

#BlogElul 3 Bless: That One Time at The Mall

10 August 2013

A memory from high school: My friend Michelle and I were at the mall (yes, some New Jersey stereotypes are true). We were just finishing lunch and we looked up at each other and said, “Hey! We should do Birkat Hamazon*!!” There are a couple of things that I find interesting about this memory–looking back at it with an adult rabbi lens.

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A New Year With a Great NFTY Staff

A New Year With a Great NFTY Staff

08 August 2013

The NFTY staff continues to amaze Subie Banaszynski, NFTY's Director, with their talent and skills. She explains that the regional NFTY staff is not only on the ground, they are youth professionals at the head of the table and so much more.

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On Spending the Summer in NFTY’s Urban Mitzvah Corps

07 August 2013

When I landed in New Jersey I knew no one, but once I arrived at the dorm I was greeted by the staff and other teens, and became friends with them instantly. The next day we were introduced to our job sites; we got to choose between four different sites for the session.

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NFTY-MAR: Understanding what NFTY taught me

31 July 2013

It’s difficult to put into words the impact of my experience with NFTY and DRTY. I could show you thousands of pictures of the best friends I made or the amazing youth-led events I attended across the country. At the end of my NFTY career, I shared those pictures and stories to anyone who would listen.

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NFTY-MAR: How’s your summer?

31 July 2013

What's up NFTY-MAR?! Long time no see! Hope all of you are having great summers, whether you are at a camp, on a summer program, traveling, working, or just hanging at home.

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NFTY-MAR: Musings on Mechina

15 July 2013

My board and I recently returned from Mechina, an awesome 5-day event for regional board members all over the nation. It was a great experience, and inspired parts of this blog post! This post contains excerpts from some of musings and writings that I wanted to share.

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