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Creating a More Inclusive Environment in the NFTY Community

On Tuesday, July 14th, two communities joined together at a Jewish Community Center in Connecticut. kutz ramah blog3The URJ Kutz Camp met up with Camp Ramah of New England, located in Massachusetts. While Kutz is a Reform Jewish camp and Ramah is a Conservative Jewish camp, both have very similar programs to bring in teens who have special needs. Their program, Machon, and our Mitzvah Corps program spent the day together swimming, eating lunch, playing games, and most importantly singing karaoke.

Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter

Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter

NAACP, along with partners, including the URJ and NFTY, from all across the country are unifying under this theme for the next six weeks as we take part in America’s Journey for Justice. Beginning on August 1st, hundreds of people embarked on a march starting in Selma, Alabama, which will end 860 miles later in a rally in Washington DC on September 15th.

Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

The teen activists of the URJ Kutz Camp, who participated in Alison Stamm's Political Advocacy minor last week, created these slideshows as a way to lobby NY State Legislators on the issue of transgender rights. They urged NY State Assemblyman Brabenec & NY State Senator Bonacic to support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A.4558-A/Gottfried)(S.61-A/Squadron).

NFTY-GER: Strength Found in Will

29 April 2015

This portion has weighed heavily on me. At first glance, we are faced with themes of ostracizing and isolation, embarrassment and shame. This text details long exiles from a beloved community. It is depressing and disappointing, especially because the Torah is intended to be a reservoir of hope and encouragement at all times. Where is the light?

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NFTY Alumni: Past President Zach Newburgh on ARZA Slate

27 April 2015

Israel is, for Zach, as it is for many Jews, a place that evokes a wide range of emotions. “I’m deeply cozach-newburgh=2ncerned and troubled [by Israel],” he says. “It’s a place of tremendous beauty, but also a tremendous amount of ugliness, especially visible during the most recent election.” For him, significant reform is the only answer in the question of Israel.

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My Legs Were Praying

My Legs Were Praying

27 April 2015

That is entrenched racism. That is privilege. That is why I walked and thought and prayed my way from Selma to Montgomery; it’s not enough for only my teens to be safe. Emma Lazarus wrote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free.” Repairing the world requires activism on behalf of everyone. Social action is just that – action. It comes from a life of movement, continuing to put one foot in front of the other, praying with our legs, marching toward justice.

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NFTY-OV: Strong As Stone

27 April 2015

It was such a surreal feeling as I sat in the senior circle of my final NFTY event. I can’t help but think back to the person I was at my first event; just a little eighth grader who had no idea what lie ahead of me. I would give anything to take my younger self aside and explain all of the things I would do in the future, the people I would meet and the opportunities I would have; all thanks to NFTY.

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NFTY-NO: A Boy, a Giant, and Lessons on Leadership

27 April 2015

So there were these two armies, the Israelites and the Philistines, camped on two sides of a valley in Israel. The Philistines are attempting to dismantle the newly formed kingdom of Israel. Now, it was common practice in those days for armies to fight in a type of battle called single-combat in which both armies send down one warrior to fight and decide the battle.

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NFTY Alumni: Coming Back to NFTY

25 April 2015

I don't think I said anything profound, but I do remember saying that before I was president of NFTY, I was president of SCFTY, at which one person said, "My mom was in SCFTY." I suppose this could have made me feel old, but mainly it made me feel glad--I felt I was part of a continuity, and perhaps even more important, that the NFTYites in that room were part of a continuity.

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