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NFTY-PAR – Ongoing Professional Development: Wait, How Do You Do That?

“If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” This wise and intuitive statement was spoken by none other than one of the fathers of education, John Dewey. We are all educators. Whether you spend the lion’s share of your time planning and executing traditional education programs, youth group programs, or simply spending time with your families, we are all constantly teaching each other. As Jewish Educators, we believe that we should lead by example in every facet of our lives. This resonated with me when I was asked to participate this year in a joint venture offered by NFTY-PAR and Camp Harlam.

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NFTY-MAR: Spring Kallah 2015 D’Var Torah – Tazria Metzora

This week’s parsha, Tazria and Metzora, continues the discussion of the laws of tumah v’taharah, ritual purity and impurity. First, outlined is childbirth. If a women gives birth to a boy she will be impure for a total of 40 days, yet for a girl she will be impure for a total of 80. Ding, ding, ding. Off goes my NFTY alarm. This years NFTY action theme is Shivyon, equality. Why is it that if a girl is born, the mother is “impure” twice as long as if she had bore a boy?

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Consultation on Conscience: Making the Ask

Hello my name is Sam Dorow and I’m the Social Action Vice President, serving and elect, from NFTY GER. Going on a train down to DC to the Consultation on Conscience directly after NFTY-GER’s Spring Kallah all I could think of was the fact that I was going to be exhausted. When I stepped out of the cab and into the hotel I knew I was wrong.

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NFTY-NO: A Boy, a Giant, and Lessons on Leadership

So there were these two armies, the Israelites and the Philistines, camped on two sides of a valley in Israel. The Philistines are attempting to dismantle the newly formed kingdom of Israel. Now, it was common practice in those days for armies to fight in a type of battle called single-combat in which both armies send down one warrior to fight and decide the battle.

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NFTY-TOR: Shmooze Spring Kallah

For our last event of the year, the TOR Board wants to talk about something simple: what do we hope NFTY looks like in the future, and what are our goals for it? With 2/3 of the board graduating, it’s an amazing reflection and way to say thank you to NFTY for an amazing experience.

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NFTY-MV: SNAP Reflection

Eating on $4 a day not only helped me to appreciate the constant struggle of those facing food uncertainty, but also served as a reminder. While I can go back to a normal diet after finishing the week, so many other people do not have that option.

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