• Celebrating Change & Growth With Remarks From the URJ North American Board Meeting

    The URJ North American Board of Trustees convened in Baltimore, MD this week. As part of their gathering, URJ North American Board Youth Lay Partner, Shelley Niceley Groff; outgoing NFTY President, Lila Greene; and incoming NFTY President, Maya Levy shared the following remarks.

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  • How Kol Koleinu Gave One Teen a Stronger Sense of Self

    Co-written by Rabbi Tamara Cohen (2018-19 Kol Koleinu A Teen Feminist Fellowship facilitator) and Rachel Gorman-Cooper a two-year participant of Kol Koleinu). In mid-May, the 2018-19 Kol Koleinu fellows and their parents gathered on a sunny afternoon in Manhattan to celebrate their accomplishments.

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  • The Value of True Partnership

    By Abby Adelman & Amanda Wachstein, NFTY-PAR NFTY prides itself on being a teen-powered youth movement, and it is. However, behind every strong teen is an adult supporting and partnering with them to guide and enhance their work.

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  • Statement from NFTY in Response to the Deadly Shooting at Chabad of Poway

    On the last night of Passover and six months after the tragedy of the Tree of Life Synagogue, news of a shooting at a Chabad in San Diego shook our movement. The shooting claimed one life and injured several: one injured was under the age of 18.

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  • NFTY Goes Big in April

    April is known for many things… rain showers, warmer weather, and flowers just to name a few. For NFTY, April is “NFTY’s Big Month” – it’s when each region has at least one event and 2,000 teens are engaged in all different kinds of programs, ranging from mental health and wellness to leadership training; sexual.

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  • 5 Reasons I’m Proud to Work with NFTY Teens

    By Jenny Travis, URJ Youth Communications Associate When I was in second grade, my friend and I both won goldfish at our synagogue’s Purim carnival. I made what I thought was the perfect home for my new pet: a fishbowl with colorful rocks and a plant.

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  • 4 Ways to Change The Conversation to Reflect Our Values

    By Nina Heller, NFTY CWR Our culture is filled with many different values. Both secular and religious, these values permeate all aspects of our society and guide us in determining right from wrong.

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  • Why We Need to Lift Up the Voices of Sexual Assault Survivors

    By Rachel Landis, NFTY NAR Last fall and again in recent weeks, the American Jewish community was rocked by sexual assault allegations against many of its most prominent members. As a Jewish woman, I was particularly upset to see how so many men who claimed the same faith as me could come away from their.

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  • NFTY Stands with the Women

    Yesterday, a New York Times article was released called, “Michael Steinhardt, a Leader in Jewish Philanthropy, Is Accused of a Pattern of Sexual Harassment.” As members of the Reform Jewish community, fiercely committed to the fight against sexual violence, this news is jarring. The women quoted in this article are our teachers and our leaders,.

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  • This is Our Work

    My own social justice journey largely began my freshman year of high school, as a member of NFTY’s Southern Tropical Region. The summer of 2015, as a participant at a Union for Reform Judaism summer camp, I sat in the lobby at camp and watched President Obama give the eulogy at Reverend Clementa Pinckney's funeral.

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