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NFTY-SAVP: Thank You NFTY-SAR

First and foremost, thank you for showing me some true southern hospitality. I had a truly special weekend attending your Fall Kallah at Congregation Dor Tamid in Duluth, Georgia. Not only did I have the honor of going to the NFTY event, I had the amazing opportunity to learn and visit the school that Camp Jenny partners with.

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NFTY-PAR: As Jews We Hold On To Hope

Hope can get complicated in our modern world. What are we supposed to hope for? Hope for peace in the Middle East? Hope to get an A on our math test? Hope that this D’var is over soon? I can’t answer those questions for you. We all hope for different things. What I do hope is that we can all strive to follow the Golden Rule “do not unto others as you would have them do unto you”. No matter what types of people we encounter, it is our purpose as Jews to hold onto hope for a better world and mutual understanding among all people.

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NFTY-SO: Bringing the Holy Home – NFTY Southern’s Social Action Day

At NFTY Southern Institute, teens worked together to define what makes NFTY Southern a kehillah kedoshah, a holy community. To wrap up the weekend, we sent them with the charge of “bringing the holy home” – taking the holiness that they create in our NFTY regional community, and sharing it with the communities they are a part of. In our first Regional Social Action Day, they did just that. Thank you to Emma Figarsky, 10th grade from Little Rock, and Benny Meltzer, 11th grade from Baton Rouge, for sharing their insight and reflections on this experience!

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Exploring the Situation in Israel

15 July 2014

Is your Facebook feed full of mixed facts and opinions on the situation in Israel and Gaza, and you’re not really sure what to think? Take a look at the last week’s Webinar and Q and A session discussing the situation:       A rocket is fired. You have 15 seconds to find shelter. This is the reality right now in Ashkelon, in Ashdod, in Be’er Sheva, Jerusalem, Hebron, Shaar HaNegev. This has been the reality for the last 8 days in Tel Aviv, in Modi’in, and in Gaza City. This is the reality for our brothers and sisters in […]

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“If You Had the Attention of the URJ President…”

10 July 2014

By Matt Mandel, NFTY-NAR New York City Membership Vice President 2014-2015 A few days ago I was going about a regular day during my first week at the Union for Reform Judaism’s Kutz Camp. It was time for chuggim, or electives, so I looked at the Expo board in the dining hall and at the top of the list was a very intriguing choice called: “If you had the attention of the URJ President…” I hurried over because, initially, I thought Rabbi Rick Jacobs was leading the chug. To my slight dismay, I only found a few camp participants and […]

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Throwback Thursday: Pride Day 2014

03 July 2014

Throwback Thursday: Pride Day 2014 This past Sunday, representatives from the URJ Kutz Camp got the chance to go to the New York City Pride Parade. They shared their experience on social media throughout the day!

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NFTY: Inclusion Through Prayer

27 June 2014

The following is an open letter to NFTY's general board, as well as those interested in learning more about inclusion through services. Shalom NFTY! This past weekend 137 Mechina participants were involved in Saturday morning services that incorporated a heightened sense of inclusion and modeled inclusive practices throughout.

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Throwback Thursday Mechina Edition

26 June 2014

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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NFTY: The Balance of Chukat

25 June 2014

The following is a D’var Torah given by NFTY President Debbie Rabinovich on the first day of the summer session at the URJ Kutz Camp. This week’s parsha, Chukat, is filled with contradictions. We just stood at Sinai, completely healthy and whole, and received the Torah, which brings us life. Suddenly we are confronted by the deaths of Miriam and Aaron. Directly between these two extremes, life and death, God or the writers of the Torah decide to throw in some good old ritual law, a b’nei mitzvah student or NFTY President’s favorite treat. The ritual described is the burning […]

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