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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.

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NFTY Travels to Israel for Netzer Olami Veida!

14 January 2016

How many times do you have the opportunity to have a Once-In-a-Lifetime-Experience, twice? Something so magical, so special, it seems unimaginable that you would get to do it once, let alone twice. For me, that's Netzer Olami Veida. Netzer Olami is NFTY's umbrella organization, connecting Reform Jewish Zionist youth from all around the world involving kids as young as kindergarten all the way up to post college age.

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Turn the Tables: Racial Justice Conversations

13 January 2016

NFTY has partnered with our friends at Repair the World to help youth groups take a closer look at education and race. Repair the World is a national nonprofit that mobilizes Jews to give time and effort to the causes they’re passionate about. On behalf of the whole team, we want to thank you for joining us in honoring the legacy of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. by hosting a Turn the Tables on Racial Justice Experience in partnership with NFTY.

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Gun Violence Prevention Rewind: The Year in Review

Gun Violence Prevention Rewind: The Year in Review

14 December 2015

Gun Violence Prevention. In NFTY, these words have become especially abundant. You might have heard them online, at your regional events, through your congregations, or maybe all of the above. In the last year NFTY has taken on this issue in full force, determined to work towards bringing an end to such a devastating problem.

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NFTY Stands with Israel: A Reflection of November, 2015

01 December 2015

The last months in Israel have been a wave of terror filled with shootings, stabbings, and other acts of intentional and senseless murder. Each night, it seems more families will lose someone they love as this decades old conflict continues to claim the lives of so many.

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Gratitude and Thanks: Giving Tuesday

20 November 2015

Like so many of my fellow Jewish youth, my plan was to end my involvement with Judaism after my Bar Mitvzah. I had struggled through years of religious school and Bar Mitvah training, and after writing the thank you notes and putting away the balloons from my transformation into Jewish “manhood”, the last thought on my mind was how to stay involved with a community that I felt no connection to.

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NFTY Stands with Paris

NFTY Stands with Paris

19 November 2015

NFTY stands in solidarity for the victims, and their families, of the attacks on Paris, last week. While it can be difficult to think and talk about, it is important that we not shy away from it. Included below are resources for how to talk about it and prayers for peace, in the wake of this tragedy.

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