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Throwback Thursday: PAR and NE

After a wonderful summer, NFTY-PAR and NFTY-NE both kicked off their new school year with an event! PAR's Summer Leadership Kallah and NE's Summer Institute were both roaring successes. Take a look!

Throwback Thursday: SumKa14!

A little over a week ago, NFTY-CAR and NFTY-NO came together for Summer Kallah 2014! This week, we celebrate Throwback Thursday with a #TBT to #SumKa14!

Heart for Tu Bav

The Balance of Tu B’Av

  Hope Chernak is the Director of Youth and Informal Education at Temple Shaaray Tefila. Today is Tu B’Av.  Did you know that? Tu B’Av it’s one of those Jewish Holidays that not everyone is familiar with since it falls over the summer.  In the past, if Valentine’s Day fell on one of our youth group nights (TaSTY Lounge Night), I would use the opportunity to talk about Tu B’Av with our teens so they had a chance to learn about this summer holiday (even in the dead of the winter!).  I always found it interesting that this holiday comes […]

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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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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