Olivia photo 1First 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.

Going to F.L. Stanton Elementary School in Atlanta was one of the most remarkable experiences I have ever had. I saw first-hand what these children go through every day, and I also caught a glimpse of how special Camp Jenny is, along with how much it means to these children and the Atlanta community. This camp is so inspirational and allows these kids to grow and push themselves towards happiness and success. I am so lucky to have been able to witness just a sneak peek of the magic that is Camp Jenny.

Back to the event! The NFTY SAR regional board and the CDTTY youth group board held a fantastic event. A couple highlights included the program that focused on the LGBT community in which there was a panel of speakers. I was particularly fascinated by what they said on gender and sexuality equality in the south, and how much work there is still to be done. It was great to see how intentional the programming was and how closely it connected with the action theme of this year.

The energy, the hype, the new friends and the smiles of the NFTY SAR community really propelled this event, as well. Whether it was foreshadowing the excitement of NFTY Convention 2015 (in Atlanta—so SIGN UP), the meaningful worship, or the awesome Saturday night arcade/bowling alley, NFTY SAR really brought the passion and made Fall Kallah an event to remember.

Kol Hakavod, regional board! Thank you, CDTTY! See you at Convention, NFTY SAR!


Olivia Kessler