By Aviva Symons, NFTY-PAR
With so much anticaption, NFTY Convention was truly one of the most incredible experiences of my entire life. February 15 – 19, 2013 will always be remembered by the “Magic of NFTY” that I have learned to love and cherish.
Arriving that Friday afternoon, I could not be more excited. Kind of overwhelming at first, I quickly realized that being greeted by 850 Jewish teens from all across the country and the world was the best feeling ever! Re-connecting with old friends from Kutz camp to NFTY in Israel and everything in between, I could not believe that I was actually at NFTY Convention 2013 with the most amazing Jewish teens from literally every corner of the continent and all over the world.
I will share with you one of my favorite moments during Convention, it was Sunday morning, and we were about to go on our off-site trips for the rest of the day. (Note: Before Convention, I told myself that I would not let anything get in the way of meeting as many new people as possible.) I decided that I would sit down in the International Ballroom near a group of about 5 teens who I did not know at the time, who seemed to be chatting and having a great time. We all clicked immediately, and my original goal was transformed into a reality. From then on, every time that I saw someone I didn’t know, I would introduce myself with nothing but confidence and a smile… Because in my opinion that’s what NFTY Convention is all about.
There really are no limitations, as we sang many times throughout the weekend, “Cause you can do anything. Yes, you can do anything.”