There are a lot of exciting things happening in NFTY and in the social action realm that I would like to share.
First, a meeting of the Campaign for Youth Engagement Vision Team took place in Chicago in August. The team of close to 40 people representing all aspects of our Movement included the teen voices of Richard Freling, a former TYG president in Dallas; Evan Traylor, NFTY-TOR President; Sarah Horn, NFTY-PAR President; Austin Zoot, NFTY RCVP; Forrest Yesnes, NFTY President; and myself. It was quite an experience to have so many influential individuals gathering for this cause. The adults really do care about us, and I am so excited for the Call to Action to be publicly announced at Biennial.
Next, Food Day is coming to a community near you! As high holidays are approaching, I strongly encourage you and your congregation to take part in this great cause, which combines awareness and hands-on projects to address food justice issues like hunger, obesity, and the environmental impacts of the food system at the local level. The RAC and URJ have a Food Justice Program Guide with ideas for integrating Food Day into your High Holiday and Sukkot events. Food Day is October 24, so now is a great time to start preparations for participating in an event with such potential to positively change your own community’s environment. If you’re interested, contact Rachel Cohen at the Religious Action Center. Food Day represents a good way to introduce and actually apply this year’s action theme, “Mishpachah: Family, NFTY Addresses Human Divides” to your TYG, synagogue, and region.
I look forward to serving as NFTY SAVP, and if you have any questions or comments, feel free to share them with me at firstname.lastname@example.org. Don’t forget, “be the change you wish to see in the world” (Gandhi).