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NFTY-TOR: Fall-ish Conclave Shmooze! Countdown to NFTY Convention 2015: How NFTY Inspired My Daughter
 

Tzedek, Tzedek Tirdof

My name is Ethan Stone, I am the President of NFTY Missouri Valley, and while I write to represent NFTY Missouri Valley, the views expressed here are my own. I just now got off the “Unpacking Race Relations in the United States” webinar run by NFTY. I had the pleasure of hearing the familiar voices of NFTY Staff and special guests Rabbi Randy Fleisher, a rabbi from Central Reform Congregation in Greater St. Louis; and Zoey Fleisher, Rabbi Fleisher’s daughter, co-President of Central Reform Congregation’s youth group CRFTY, and a good friend of mine. Topics that were discussed included the events in Ferguson and Staten Island and the worldwide repercussions of those events, the meaning of privilege and the applications of that knowledge in our daily lives, and different forms of racism.

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NFTY-TOR: Fall-ish Conclave Shmooze!

NFTY-TOR's Fall-ish Conclave is over, but our lives as superpowered AvenJews is just beginning. In the spirit of the event's focus on building community through our own values, the regional board decided to discuss the value of inclusion. Enjoy!

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Countdown to NFTY Convention 2015: How NFTY Inspired My Daughter

As every parent knows, when your child’s heart is bursting for joy, yours is, too. When your child’s heart is bursting for joy in anticipation before an event occurs, you’ve scored a gold mine. We’re at the “gold mine” level right now, as our daughter Shelby counts down to the upcoming NFTY Convention 2015 in Atlanta, Georgia! As I write this, the convention is just under four months away.

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MVP Monday: Get SMART!

20 October 2014

Every good youth group event started with a goal. Whether this goal was numerical or experiential, it was a goal nonetheless. Throughout today’s post, you will learn my personal favorite way of goal setting and how to put a plan into action. Something I learned during my year as TYG MVP was how to create a “SMART Goal”. My TYG Advisor really believed how important it was to have defined goals, rather than just a goal statement. At our board retreat, he showed us this way to format goal setting so that it was clearer to understand and detailed enough […]

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MVP Monday: Top Five Tips to Leadership

14 October 2014

MVP Monday is all about what it means to be a Membership Vice President. This form of leadership is something I’ve learned to be so crucial while being a MVP. Initiating a conversation among peers can really impact the true meaning of membership: engagement. Making sure that everyone’s voice is heard and that they all have a say is something so simple, yet it is something we often forget to do.

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NFTY-PVP: Our Promised Land

07 October 2014

This new year is our Promised Land; it is a brand new beginning, and a year full of promise. This Yom Kippur, don’t just say sorry, reflect on your year as a whole and prepare for a promising land ahead in 5775. Let’s make this a year that we’ll be proud of. Let’s make this a year in which we will be inscribed in the Book of Life.

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MVP Monday #6: TYG Starter Guide Month 5

06 October 2014

Finally, the end to a long but rewarding process: the fifth month to creating your working TYG. During this month, you’ll find that it’s important to begin adding more educational aspects to your programs, and to make sure that two people co-chair the event planning process.

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NFTY-RCVP: A Reflection and a Thank-You to NFTY Northeast

01 October 2014

The event was wonderful. The board did a great job, I loved being able to meet the participants, whether it was one new songleader from a recently disengaged youth group, AISH, the two boys from Concord, NH, or the well-known Presidents of larger TYGs. NFTY Northeast’s LTI was a few hours packed with enough kavannah, neshama, and ahava to last months.

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NFTY-NEL: Standing Resolute

30 September 2014

NFTY-NEL has the ability to change the world. Since I joined NFTY over a year ago, this sentence has been said to me time and time again, but for a long time it seemed as if it was more of a dream than a reality. Changing the world is such a massive project, and I couldn’t comprehend how a two hundred teenagers would be able to do this.

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