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Why I Am Wearing Orange on June 2

By Maddie Newman, NFTY Texas Oklahoma Since living in Texas for the past twelve years, I’ve grown up with the concept of guns being in my friend’s houses, being used by my neighbor on his yearly hunting trip, and being on display in a decorative glass box. Until I was thirteen, I didn’t know what gun violence was. I was in my fifth summer at the URJ Greene Family Camp when my counselors were told about the deadly movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado where twelve people were killed. I remember the shock on their faces and surprise we all […]

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NFTY Participates in Wear Orange Day 2016

As we approach the second annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the United States, NFTY is again “Wearing Orange” on June 2nd. Last year, NFTY the RAC, and the URJ were founding partners in this important day when people across the country, including politicians, celebrities, sports teams, and thousands of members of the Reform Jewish Movement changed their profile pictures and posted on social media to take a stand against gun violence.

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30 Days 30 Events – April is NFTY’s Busiest Month of the Year

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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Posted in NFTY-TOR, URJ Biennial 20150 Comments

NFTY at URJ Biennial 2015

NFTY at URJ Biennial 2015

05 November 2015

We are lucky and incredibly excited to have over 120 NFTY teens participating in the URJ Biennial in Orlando this week! Want your post included here? Be sure to use #NFTY!

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Thinking About Rabin 20 Years Later

02 November 2015

Israel is no longer a place that dwells alone and has to join the global journey towards peace, reconciliation and international cooperation.

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