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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the High Holy Days as a Teenager Why NFTY is My Land of Oz 7 Reasons Why NFTY Convention is the Event of the Year
 
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Top 5 Ways to Celebrate the High Holy Days as a Teenager

Long services, packed synagogues and fasting – let’s be honest, the High Holy days can seem unfamiliar and difficult to connect with, especially if you are accustomed to interactive and exciting NFTY services. Here are a few tips to make the High Holy Days a little less foreign, and maybe even inspirational.

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Why NFTY is My Land of Oz

In The Wizard of Oz, Dorothy’s world in Kansas begins in black and white; the minute she steps foot in Munchkin lands, her world turns to color. She takes it in for a moment and she whispers to Toto, “We must be over the rainbow!” When I attended my first NFTY North American event, NFTY Convention 2015 in Atlanta, GA, the color of my world was beautifully enhanced. I traveled over the rainbow.

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7 Reasons Why NFTY Convention is the Event of the Year

Every year we look forward to NFTY events. We get to see our friends again, participate in cool activities and most of all, learn about Judaism. This year however, is special. We get to add one more NFTY event to our calendar than usual: NFTY convention. As we approach early bird registration i'd like to present you with 7 Reasons why NFTY Convention is the event of the year:

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Winner Announced: Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition

12 October 2015

We are pleased to announce that Anna Hirsch, a sophomore from Har Hashem in Boulder, CO (NFTY – MV) is this fall’s winner of the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah competition. Anna was one of over 65 entries and her D’var Torah, entitled, “The Human in Every Stranger” focuses on the themes found within Parshat Chayei Sarah and the notion of Audacious Hospitality.

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A Yom Kippur Sermon on Gun Violence Prevention :  We Will Not Stand By as Our Neighbor’s Blood Is Shed

A Yom Kippur Sermon on Gun Violence Prevention : We Will Not Stand By as Our Neighbor’s Blood Is Shed

02 October 2015

By Lexi Chavin, NFTY Programming Vice President  Resident of Charleston, SC Yesterday I was mindlessly typing an essay for class when the girl sitting next to me asked “Hey, what’s that blue sticker with the tree on it on your laptop?” I paused for a second, like I do every time I think about the atrocities of the summer, and proceeded to explain that the sticker is in memory of the Charleston 9, who unfairly lost their lives in the vicious shooting at the AME church in Charleston, South Carolina over the summer. It seemed fitting to be asked this, […]

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High Hopes for the High Holidays

29 September 2015

By Shir Attias,  NFTY-SW Religious and Cultural Vice-President I remember the high holidays as a kid very well: huge dinner tables laden with soups, meats, and deserts; long winded services telling us to ask for forgiveness and look forward to a new year. I remember the long sermons prompting introspection, and I remember twiddling my thumbs unable, as a child, to fathom the concepts of new beginnings.  As a kid, all Rosh Hashanah meant was eating delicious honey cakes, and all Yom Kippur meant was eating delicious honey cakes while taunting my parents. But as my friends and I outgrew […]

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Sukkot: Are we commanded to be homeless?

25 September 2015

Jews are commanded to construct a sukkah, a temporary dwelling, [large enough for a family to eat and] live in. Via Gandhi Jayanti 2015 Images   While many people build sukkot and share meals in sukkot, few people live in the sukkah or realize we are commanded to live in the sukkah as well.

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Becoming the Leader of Me

Becoming the Leader of Me

21 September 2015

The NFTY-SW Leadership Training Institute took teen leaders from workshop to workshop, program to program, but one in particular stood out to me. Lynne Butner, our NFTY-SW Regional Director, wrote a program on the Science of Character where she utilized the Let it Ripple video by Tiffany Shlain on character building.

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This Is Where I Belong

18 September 2015

NFTY-Southwest has never been a quiet region. We sing loud and we cheer even louder. There was no better place for us to show that spirit than at this year’s Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, AZ. Wildcat country.

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