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NFTY-NAR: Humans of NFTY

Throughout the course of the weekend at NFTY-NAR’s Spring Kallah, we asked our high school seniors to share some of their thoughts around what it means to be a “Human of NFTY.” Below are three responses from Barak Stockler, Jen Gordon and Jared Fischer, who are members at Congregation Kol Ami in White Plains, NY.

Sophie

NFTY-SAR: Never Forget These Years

How can you sum up all the feelings that you have about NFTY? I find that to be an impossible task. To put four years of experiences into a 90 second speech was something I knew I could not do. Each year, I would watch the seniors at Spring Kallah as they would give their final senior speeches, most of the time not being able to get their words out because they were crying so hard. Each year I thought “oh, I have so much time until I have to do this”.

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NFTY Alumni: Past President Zach Newburgh on ARZA Slate

Israel is, for Zach, as it is for many Jews, a place that evokes a wide range of emotions. “I’m deeply cozach-newburgh=2ncerned and troubled [by Israel],” he says. “It’s a place of tremendous beauty, but also a tremendous amount of ugliness, especially visible during the most recent election.” For him, significant reform is the only answer in the question of Israel.

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NFTY-NAR: We Made Services for the Community at NFTY-NAR’s Fall Kallah

22 January 2015

And I left them with a message, for that service, for that Kallah, and for their life: despite your tears and your sympathy, do not let these stories let you lose hope. This community around you will enable you to make a difference. If you have a vision for what you want to change in the world, use a community. With the love, passion, and courage of a blessed group like NFTY-NAR, you can have a profound impact.

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Ben Fader

NFTY-SAR: To Inclusion and Beyond!

21 January 2015

This year, one of NFTY’s Social Action themes is inclusion. NFTY’s policies and outlook are morphing in an effort to accommodate, accept, and involve every Jewish teen in NFTY, as well as promoting inclusion beyond NFTY. With Benjamin eager to attend, NFTY-SAR welcomed Benjamin into our Fall Kallah in November. Benjamin’s parents had no idea that this year’s Social Action would hit so close to home. They shared their excitement and gratitude NFTY and the incredible strides we’ve taken, take, and hope to take.

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Netzer Veida: Investing in the Issue

19 January 2015

Like many Jewish teens, I was raised to love Israel. Dayschool education, Sunday school, URJ camps – all were components of my identity as a Reform Zionist Jew, and all taught me the ties, both emotional and historical, that bound me to Eretz Israel. But much as I cared for Israel, it had once been nothing but paragraphs in a textbook, perhaps an anecdote from a respected teacher. When I took my first trip to Israel with NFTY two years ago, it suddenly became real, and afterward, the news stories and social media feeds that had once flooded my mind began to impact me emotionally as well. Israel had become real to me – an actual land filled with people I knew and cared about. Real world experience materialize issues for me, transforming it from entity to reality.

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Netzer Veida: One Community, One Family

18 January 2015

The world shrunk this weekend. Three days ago, France was millions of miles away, Australia was on a different planet, and Israel was light years away. Today, I have 14 new countries in my backyard. These countries became places filled with real people and real problems; they jumped out of the news headlines and the TV screens all because of the people we met in the past couple of days.

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Lindsey

L’Taken: Justice for All

16 January 2015

Everyday I go to school and say the Pledge of Allegiance. Every time I say it the last 3 words stick out to me the most. Those three words are “justice for all”. How is it justice for all when people with disabilities still lag behind in the National Average for having a complete education? Are they lacking in their educations because they actually cannot learn or because they are placed in schools where the teachers are not willing to teach the students the way they need to be taught. How is it justice when 29.2% of the disabled people live in poverty because of their lack of education? How is it justice when the people with disabilities are discriminated against for how they look and work to the point where they are often ignored as potential employees?

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NFTY Goes to Netzer Veida!

15 January 2015

This weekend, four NFTY delegates will be attending Netzer Olami's Veida, the annual meeting of Reform Jewish teen leaders worldwide! Follow all the excitement using the hashtag #netzerveida!

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