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June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2 NFTY-PAR
 
June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 3 is Worldwide Unity Day: Promoting the Jewish People as One

June 12, 2014 is remembered to many as the day that three Israeli boys, Gilad Shaar, Naftali Fraenkel, and Eyal Yifrach, were kidnapped from a bus stop in Gush Etzion. It was a grim day, one that would prove to be a catalyst for the violent events that would occur later in the summer, culminating in what became known as the 50-Day War. As horrible as that day might have been, for me, it was also the day I stepped off a plane, boarded a bus, and tested my feet in the water of the Mediterranean Ocean as I watched my first Israeli sunrise from a beach near Tel Aviv.

Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

Unfortunately, gun violence enters our lives when we least expect it. As a movement based off the principle of tzedek, or justice, it is not enough for us to only recognize what is happening. It is our duty as NFTYites, as Jews, and as people to ensure gun violence is no longer part of our culture. There are many measures we can take towards raising awareness to gun violence prevention, but we need your help to make it happen.

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NFTY-PAR – Ongoing Professional Development: Wait, How Do You Do That?

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” This wise and intuitive statement was spoken by none other than one of the fathers of education, John Dewey. We are all educators. Whether you spend the lion’s share of your time planning and executing traditional education programs, youth group programs, or simply spending time with your families, we are all constantly teaching each other. As Jewish Educators, we believe that we should lead by example in every facet of our lives. This resonated with me when I was asked to participate this year in a joint venture offered by NFTY-PAR and Camp Harlam.

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NFTY-CWR: Special Report – NFTY Convention

25 March 2015

The first thought that most people have when they hear NFTY Convention is “What is that?” NFTY is the North American Federation of Temple Youth. In February, NFTY held its bi- annual convention in Atlanta, Georgia with 1,000 teens and 300 staff members, or youth professionals, in attendance. The theme “Myself, My Community and My World” was the perfect definition of everything that we were about to explore in our journey throughout the weekend.

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NFTY-NAR: Bridging the Gap for 2020 – The Road to Fivefold Growth

25 March 2015

There’s a hidden gem in the NYC metro area. Some 400 teens are a part of it; they call it home. No, it’s not a secret society...It’s something that members talk about in every conversation they can. It’s something that people try so hard to get others to listen about, understand, and hopefully join. This little hidden gem is NFTY-NAR.

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J Street U, I’m Hearing Two Things

23 March 2015

My name is Debbie. I have the great honor this year to be serving as President of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement. One of my favorite things about this role is that I have the opportunity to work with the board and influence how NFTY activates thousands of Jewish teens around issues, including the many facets of Israel . We have seen this year that NFTY has to do a better job of preparing teens to enter college with a deeper understanding of Israel, Israelis and her neighbors. We have committed to pursuing this- starting with Rabbi Jacobs' promise to ensure that maps with the green line are spread across the movement.

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NFTY SOCAL D’var Torah: Knowing Whom We Stand Before

21 March 2015

“Leadership.” This word, the theme of our weekend together, has been tossed around a lot lately. But more often than not, we talk about leadership as some big, vague concept and rarely actually talk about the meaning behind it. One of my favorite Jewish teachings talks a little bit about the meaning of leadership:

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NFTY-NEL: Pushing Boundaries to Promote Gender Equality

09 March 2015

When I joined NFTY NEL there was a huge amount of weight put on equality and acceptance. I noticed how welcoming everyone was, no matter your sexual orientation, or your sexual preference. I also noticed how welcome everyone felt being able to express themselves freely. This fact was very important to me when I attempted to come up with a resolution for Asefah.

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NFTY’s Leaders Past, Present, and Future Debrief AIPAC

06 March 2015

The immediate past, current, and incoming NFTY Presidents all attended AIPAC. The conference allowed this cadre to debrief and vision for what the future of Israel engagement in NFTY could look like. Each NFTY President took away something from the conference with different implications for NFTY. The following are three moments that resonated in terms of our connection individually and as a movement to NFTY.

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