• Discovering the Power of Music at NFTY Convention

    Music, a universal language that knows no boundaries, and NFTY, a diverse community of Jewish teens from all across North America, came together last weekend in Chicago, IL at NFTY Convention, particularly at Shabbat morning services. As an active NFTY-MARite (Mid-Atlantic Region), I am used to services with fun music but until this weekend, I never realized how close music could bring people who live so far apart.

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  • NFTY Asefah and Elections: The Outcomes

    Last week, regional leaders from across NFTY’s 19 regions met at Temple Jeremiah outside of Chicago, IL to conduct the business of our movement. The General Board, comprised of the 19 NFTY regional boards, voted on key legislation, discussed NFTY’s direction, and elected next year’s North American Board.

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  • An Unexpected Experience at NFTY Convention

    Waiting in the lobby of the Hyatt Regency in Chicago, I anticipated the arrival of my friends from my region, NFTY Southern California. I walked the perimeter of the first floor of the hotel with my best friend, perusing around for people that I knew were coming.

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  • The Children of Abraham: Learning About Interfaith Relations at NFTY Convention

    As I walked into the prayer space at the Muslim Cultural Center in Morton Grove, I gazed up to a magnificent chandelier that resided in a bronze dome. It had hundreds of lights, each representing a name for G-d.

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  • How to Empower Teens to Build a Just Future

    I got chills down my spine as 17-year-old Joe Lichtenstein read the words above from his winning essay in this year’s Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition, standing in front of 1,400 peers at NFTY Convention, the largest gathering of Reform Jewish teens in North America.

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  • Big News: NFTY Launches Its Racial Justice Campaign

    For more than 75 years, NFTY has been taking action to create a more just, whole and compassionate world. This weekend, at NFTY Convention, we’ve been helping teens uncover their passion around social justice and learning how to turn that passion in to action.

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  • #NFTYConvention 2017

    Check out what's happening at #NFTYConvention 2017 from the eyes of the participants!.

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  • 5 Questions for Thinking about Mentoring and Relationship-Building

    By Kate Bigam The URJ Youth Summit is underway in Chicago, IL, where it’s running parallel to NFTY Convention, bringing together a total of more than 1,400 Reform Jewish teens and educators from across North America. The Youth Summit is an opportunity for educators to hone their skills around supporting, nurturing, and educating teens.

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  • Winners Announced: Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah Competition, Winter 2017

    We are pleased to announce that Joe Lichtenstein, a sophomore from Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA (NFTY Mid-Atlantic Region), is this year's winner of the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D'var Torah competition. Joe's D'var Torah, titled, "The Quiet Message" focuses on leadership and authenticity in relationship to Parashat Yitro.

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  • Yitro: Unpacking Leadership though Delegation

    The Wendy Blickstein D'var Torah Competition recognizes achievements in D'var Torah writing on a particular theme. This year's theme was leadership and authenticity in relationship to Parasha Yitro.

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