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Throwback Thursday Mechina Edition

A little over a week ago, NFTY's general board arrived at the URJ Kutz Camp for five days of learning, praying, and growing. While the event might be over, it's time to throw it back to all of the incredible people and events that made the long weekend unforgettable. t

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Thank You for Being My Brother’s Keeper

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.

Respect and Learning Central to Understanding Challenges in Israel

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.”

Why I decided to shave my head

Why I decided to shave my head

15 April 2014

Recently, I combined my two favorite things, community and social action. It started because of an 8 year old who was diagnosed with Leukemia (AML) in 2012, Sammy Sommer. The Jewish community rallied together to help however they could.

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Intefaith relations and Zionism: Israel and the Presbyterian Church

Intefaith relations and Zionism: Israel and the Presbyterian Church

11 April 2014

As young Jewish leaders, interfaith relations and Zionism hold deep meaning for us.  As we think about the world that we want to live in, we are inspired by our obligation to l’taken et ha-olam, to repair the world, we can be proud of our Movement’s commitment to Israel, the peace process and open, pluralistic dialogue and partnerships with communities of all kinds of backgrounds.  But as the next generation of Jewish leaders, we also have to dedicate ourselves to those same things so that we can continue to build a world based on mutual respect, trust, and love. Last week, […]

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Talking about Israel, at Passover and Year-Round

Talking about Israel, at Passover and Year-Round

11 April 2014

Yesterday evening, I was invited by Temple Sinai of Washington, D.C. to speak to their seventh grade students about my connection and relationship to Israel as a part of their culminating class on their Israel unit. One of my favorite parts of my job as a legislative assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism is working with young people, so I was especially excited for my “official” workday to end and to get to speak with the seventh graders of Temple Sinai. The coordinator of the program emailed me and the other speakers ahead of time with the […]

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How I Brought EIE Home

How I Brought EIE Home

10 April 2014

The spring semester of my sophomore year of high school, I went on NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. I initially found out about the program through a friend of mine in my temple youth group (TYG) who had gone the previous year. After learning more, I was enthralled!

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NFTY-STR: Reflecting on Nashir

07 April 2014

Nashir, a song leading workshop for Jewish teenagers all across North America, takes place three times a year, and I’m still trying to comprehend the intensity of the programming and the close bonds I formed over an extremely short period of time.

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So, you want to run for board? Youth group election advice

So, you want to run for board? Youth group election advice

04 April 2014

The North American Board lays out some tips, created in partnership with their successors, for running for NFTY leadership positions. Check out their tips for each board position!

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