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Why I Am Wearing Orange on June 2

By Maddie Newman, NFTY Texas Oklahoma Since living in Texas for the past twelve years, I’ve grown up with the concept of guns being in my friend’s houses, being used by my neighbor on his yearly hunting trip, and being on display in a decorative glass box. Until I was thirteen, I didn’t know what gun violence was. I was in my fifth summer at the URJ Greene Family Camp when my counselors were told about the deadly movie theatre shooting in Aurora, Colorado where twelve people were killed. I remember the shock on their faces and surprise we all […]

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NFTY Participates in Wear Orange Day 2016

As we approach the second annual Gun Violence Awareness Day in the United States, NFTY is again “Wearing Orange” on June 2nd. Last year, NFTY the RAC, and the URJ were founding partners in this important day when people across the country, including politicians, celebrities, sports teams, and thousands of members of the Reform Jewish Movement changed their profile pictures and posted on social media to take a stand against gun violence.

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30 Days 30 Events – April is NFTY’s Busiest Month of the Year

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Creating a More Inclusive Environment in the NFTY Community

14 August 2015

On Tuesday, July 14th, two communities joined together at a Jewish Community Center in Connecticut. kutz ramah blog3The URJ Kutz Camp met up with Camp Ramah of New England, located in Massachusetts. While Kutz is a Reform Jewish camp and Ramah is a Conservative Jewish camp, both have very similar programs to bring in teens who have special needs. Their program, Machon, and our Mitzvah Corps program spent the day together swimming, eating lunch, playing games, and most importantly singing karaoke.

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Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter

Our Lives, Our Votes, Our Jobs, Our Schools Matter

11 August 2015

NAACP, along with partners, including the URJ and NFTY, from all across the country are unifying under this theme for the next six weeks as we take part in America’s Journey for Justice. Beginning on August 1st, hundreds of people embarked on a march starting in Selma, Alabama, which will end 860 miles later in a rally in Washington DC on September 15th.

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Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

Kutz Camp Teen Activists Lobby NY State Legislators to Support GENDA

20 July 2015

The teen activists of the URJ Kutz Camp, who participated in Alison Stamm's Political Advocacy minor last week, created these slideshows as a way to lobby NY State Legislators on the issue of transgender rights. They urged NY State Assemblyman Brabenec & NY State Senator Bonacic to support the Gender Expression Non-Discrimination Act (A.4558-A/Gottfried)(S.61-A/Squadron).

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An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

An Open Letter to Mr. Azoulay

09 July 2015

Dear Mr. Azoulay - Your statement regarding the legitimacy of Reform Jews was deplorable and has widespread negative consequences for World Progressive Jewry, a movement of which we are proud to be members, as well as the greater global Jewish community. We are saddened that someone representing our homeland would propagate ideas that we are illegitimate as Jews and unworthy of our own religious beliefs.

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Two Steps Forward, One Step Back

29 June 2015

What a period of big gains, and also big losses in the past two weeks. We see confederate flags going down the flagpole, being replaced by flags of rainbow colors. That moment, that moment of togetherness while doing what is right, was so powerful.

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NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

NFTY Passes Gender Inclusive Resolution

29 June 2015

On Sunday, the leaders came together for the biannual general assembly, Asefah, where the representatives from the 19 regions listened to regional reports and voted on critical legislation. One resolution on the table was a “Resolution Regarding Preferred Gender Pronouns on Nametags” which resolved that “at any NFTY North American event, participants will be given the opportunity to include their preferred pronouns on their nametags, and… are encouraged to introduce themselves with their preferred gender pronouns.” The resolution passed and will help ensure the full inclusion of teens, regardless of their gender identities, during NFTY North American events.

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