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Meet Incoming NFTY President Kathryn Fleisher

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve at NFTY President for the upcoming year, as I am deeply invested in the successes of NFTY and the Reform Movement. Having grown up in an interfaith family, I truly understand what it feels like to be on the outside of the Jewish community.

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NFTY Leaders Join Together to Prepare for Upcoming Year at Mechina

On June 17 through June 21, teen leaders from across the continent will join together at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York for NFTY’s Mechina. This North American leadership event is hosted each year prior to the summer and serves to gather ideas, network leaders, and spark inspiration. Through innovative services and programming, Mechina incorporates NFTY’s movement priorities and upcoming campaigns, setting the tone for the NFTY year, as well as giving regional leaders the tool to lead in the upcoming year.

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NFTY Leaders Condemn Horrific Attack on Orlando Nightclub

In response to the tragic violence in Orlando, the leadership of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, issued the following statement

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

24 June 2014

The following is a transcript of a speech delivered during Saturday morning services by Zak Kadish, NFTY Ohio Valley Programming Vice President, at NFTY Mechina last week. 356 days ago, the lives of my brother Ethan Kadish, my family, and myself were changed forever by a freak weather incident, a bolt out of the blue. When my brother was struck by lightning, our entire world was shattered, replaced by an impermeable darkness and fear for the future.

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Not Four Years but Forever

23 June 2014

School’s out for summer… or at least Hebrew school is! My son Lathan, while waiting to graduate secular high school at the end of June, officially completed 13 years (including kindergarten) of Hebrew school, which he lovingly refers to as “Jew school.” In those 13 years, Lathan has seen countless changes in our synagogue’s staffing and structure, including the merger of our congregation with another. He also served as a madrich for the third grade class, helped paint a mural in the school wing, and had amazing Hebrew High School experiences, including a trip to Germany to learn about survival, history, and the Holocaust. It was the Hebrew High School curriculum that allowed my out-of-the-box thinker son to thrive. While still structured, the curriculum allowed for open discussions, where no topic was taboo. He challenged his classmates, teachers, and the clergy – sometimes just because it was fun to do. He brought his classroom discussions home, challenging my wife, daughter, and me, and into his secular high school, challenging his teachers and classmates there.

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NFTY President Updates NFTY, URJ Board on Big Year

06 June 2014

There has never been a more exciting time to be a NFTYite. And there has never been a more exciting time to be connected to NFTY.

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Respect and Learning Central to Understanding Challenges in Israel

06 June 2014

As we discuss our perspectives on this difficult topic, it is important that we remember the Talmudic lesson of Eruvin 13b. In response to a debate between the school of Hillel and that of Shamai, two great Rabbinic leaders, we are reminded that “elu v’elu divrei elohim chayim — These and these are the words of the Living God.”

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Confirmation: a Time to Reflect on Jewish Experiences (NFTY-PAR)

06 June 2014

How My Jewish Journey Will Continue On After Confirmation Written by: Congregation Shaarai Shomayim Confirmation Class of 2014, Lancaster, PA

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NFTY-STR: TYGs Come Together for Big Event

05 June 2014

Our goal was to be inclusive and welcoming to all who wished to participate. With over 60 Jewish teens, we were successful.

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