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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.”

NFTY-SW: Coming Back to NFTY

04 April 2014

When I graduated from NFTY in 2012, I knew my NFTY journey was not yet over. I knew I would be coming back one day as college staff to regional events and that I would live vicariously though the stories that my sister would tell me.

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Nashir: We’ll Sing Together

Nashir: We’ll Sing Together

04 April 2014

Nashir: NFTY's Teen Songleading Institute is not your typical NFTY event. We don’t have programs on social action or world issues - It’s simply a bunch of teens that want to learn more about songleading

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NFTY-SAR: Embracing My Judaism

04 April 2014

Walking into first period and tucking her shiny metal pendant into her shirt, she remembers what had happened the last time she had forgotten to do so. “No, it’s not a pentagram.” She replied to the ignorant questions she had received that morning...

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NFTY-NEL: My First Event

04 April 2014

Going to my first NFTY-NEL event was, for lack of better words, an interesting affair. When it started, I was on the outside of the social circle that is NEL, but by the end, I too was heartbroken to leave the event and the friends that I had made.

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Why I Love Youth Group

Why I Love Youth Group

02 April 2014

Emily Dana grew up at Beth Emet The Free Synagogue in Evanston, IL. She has attended Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) and is now involved in her temple youth group (TYG) and NFTY’s Chicago Area Region. When we saw this video that Emily posted to YouTube about why she loves youth group, we had to share it with you! Here’s what Emily had to say about why she made this video: “I have been going to Jewish camp since I was 9 years old, and when I discovered youth group in eighth grade, it was like camp was all year round. […]

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NFTY-MV: Camp Rainbow, More Than a Mitzvah Project

NFTY-MV: Camp Rainbow, More Than a Mitzvah Project

29 March 2014

Mother, father, aunt, uncle - that’s who you become as a Camp Rainbow counselor. You are your camper’s rock. For one week, your camper relies on you to be all these people - a camp counselor.

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