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Meet Incoming NFTY President Kathryn Fleisher

I am incredibly grateful for the opportunity to serve at NFTY President for the upcoming year, as I am deeply invested in the successes of NFTY and the Reform Movement. Having grown up in an interfaith family, I truly understand what it feels like to be on the outside of the Jewish community.

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NFTY Leaders Join Together to Prepare for Upcoming Year at Mechina

On June 17 through June 21, teen leaders from across the continent will join together at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York for NFTY’s Mechina. This North American leadership event is hosted each year prior to the summer and serves to gather ideas, network leaders, and spark inspiration. Through innovative services and programming, Mechina incorporates NFTY’s movement priorities and upcoming campaigns, setting the tone for the NFTY year, as well as giving regional leaders the tool to lead in the upcoming year.

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NFTY Leaders Condemn Horrific Attack on Orlando Nightclub

In response to the tragic violence in Orlando, the leadership of NFTY, the Reform Jewish Youth Movement, issued the following statement

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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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Understanding Hunger: It Takes More Than Empathy

18 November 2015

The SNAP (Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program) Challenge is a way for people like you and me to experience what it would be like to live off of the average daily food stamp benefit. You are given only $28.70 to buy a week’s worth of food, or $4.10 a day.

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A Clarification: What Exactly the High School Participants are Doing at URJ Biennial 2015

A Clarification: What Exactly the High School Participants are Doing at URJ Biennial 2015

08 November 2015

The exact same things as everyone else! This year's Biennial is the first where high school participants are granted full access to all programs and are able to choose our own paths. The only true difference is in our registration.

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Posted in NFTY-MAR, URJ Biennial 20150 Comments

Small Teen, Big Voice

Small Teen, Big Voice

07 November 2015

As reform Jews, we pride ourselves on inclusion, or to borrow the words of Rabbi Rick Jacobs: Audacious Hospitality. As our secular communities start to progress toward embracing the LGBT community, so does the URJ. It was an honor and a privilege to be present as the resolution of the URJ affirming the full quality and acceptance of transgender and non-gender conforming individuals was unanimously passed. When the resolution was read, there was a portion of it that specifically mentioned inclusion in NFTY.

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We Can Do It

We Can Do It

07 November 2015

“How does it feel to be a teen at the URJ Biennial?” The tell-tale green strip at the bottom of my name tag that reads “High School Attendee” evokes this question from most adults I find myself engaged in conversation with. As I give my typical response about how wonderful it is to be surrounded by 5,000 people that are passionate about Reform Judaism and to be able to fully participate in programs with these 5,000 people, the adult I am speaking with typically nods politely and moves the conversation away from the particular subject matter.

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Posted in NFTY-NEL, URJ Biennial 20150 Comments

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