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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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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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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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5 Words to Describe People Found at URJ Biennial

5 Words to Describe People Found at URJ Biennial

06 November 2015

What are some words to describe myself at the URJ Biennial? Blessed. Proud. I am so privileged to be here, representing some of the things that make me, me. I represent Temple Shalom, my youth group SHFTY, NFTY-TOR, the URJ Kutz Camp, and other groups I call my communities. I am blessed to be here this week, and proud to call myself a URJ teen."

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How A Starbucks Line Shaped My Entire URJ Biennial Weekend

How A Starbucks Line Shaped My Entire URJ Biennial Weekend

06 November 2015

When 5,000 Jews are put in one building, I expected the line at Starbucks to be long. But what I didn't expect was that my epiphany of the day at Biennial would happen while waiting in that line.

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