• How URJ Kutz Camp Exemplifies the Best of the Future of Our Movement

    Earlier this summer, I met your future synagogue president. I met your future congregational rabbi.

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  • News from NFTY: Spring 2018

    April was an exciting month for NFTY, and we want to share some of the important work and engagement that took place throughout the month. Thank you for your help in making this happen.

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  • Let The Students Handle This One

    In my world, I cannot walk around at night without an escort. In my world, one in five American women and one in 71 men will be raped.

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  • Why Do You Believe in God? A D’var Torah

    I want you all to take a moment to think about why you believe in God. Is it because God makes sense of human existence.

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  • D’var Torah: Sexual Violence and Social and Political Movements

    Shabbat Shalom, NFTY. In this week’s Torah portion, Acharei Mot-Kedoshim (after the death), G-d lays down dozens of mitzvot (holy commandments) for the people of Israel, including the mitzvah of sexual morality.

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  • Yes Means Yes

    Does the absence of “no” mean yes. Many activists and advocates for consent use the phrase, “No Means No,” but what about nuanced situations where consent is not explicitly given.

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  • Defining Sexual Violence

    Before we go into depth about sexual violence, let’s talk about its definition. The dictionary definition of sexual violence is a sexual act committed against someone without that person’s freely given consent.

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  • Deciding to Walk Out and What to Do Next

    While the tragic challenge of gun violence is hardly new, and activism around the topic, primarily led by People of Color, has been organized for generations, the attention and momentum given to the issue in the wake of the Marjorie Stoneman Douglas High School shooting a few months ago is unprecedented. Rallies, marches, media attention, fundraising, and policy changes by large companies are among the ways in which the nation has mobilized in support of the young people fed up with “thoughts and prayers,” and advocating for tangible, intersectional change.

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  • How to Get Involved in the Progressive Zionist Movement

    In the last two months, what we have always known has become abundantly clear for the rest of the world: organizations and movements are stronger when young people are involved. Across the country, our generation is leading in community organizing, social justice, and political action— we are using our shared values to fight for what we believe by building relationships and taking action.

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  • Finding My Home in Israel at Heller High

    With a churning stomach and a fluttering heart, I said goodbye to my dad at JFK airport in New York the summer of 2013 to attend what was then called NFTY EIE. I was not fully sure what to expect being it was my first time to Israel, let alone out of the country.

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