• Conquering My Fear of the School Bus

    Amidst fidgeting, the crunch of popcorn and the smell of wet umbrellas, I settled in with over 135 teens, parents and educators from Central Synagogue, Congregation Emanu-El of the City of New York, Temple Shaaray Tefila, and Stephen Wise Free Synagogue last Monday to watch a documentary called “Bully.”.

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  • Bullying Ends With Us

    At the URJ Biennial this past December, NFTYites were asked to identify what their own campaigns were by filling in the blank: “I stand up for ________ This is my campaign.”.

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  • Women of Reform Judaism: Shaping the Culture of Kutz and NFTY

    It was just a year ago when I had the opportunity to be part of the listening campaign of the Campaign for Youth Engagement with the WRJ District Presidents during their annual retreat to Kutz Camp. Last year these women shared their unique and powerful stories about a time when an interaction with a young person influenced their lives.

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  • Love: Isn’t That What This is All About?

    On Tuesday, May 8th, 2012, the state of North Carolina enshrined bigotry, ignorance, and hatred into their constitution. Many adults who hold the power to vote abused this opportunity by deciding to hurt others to protect their own feelings of morality.

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  • Maurice Sendak, an Unlikely Hero

    By all accounts, Maurice Sendak was an unlikely hero. While his colleagues in the world of children’s literature were creating Disney princesses, romanticizing gender stereotypes that would perpetuate anti-feminism in mainstream culture for decades to come, Sendak was exploring the darker side of the imagination.

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  • Men can be Rabbis?!

    “Who’s that guy?” I asked my mom. “He’s the rabbi,” she answered.

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  • Rabbi Jonah Pesner: We’re Taking Youth Engagement Seriously

    In this week’s Jewish Chronicle of Pittsburgh, Rabbi Jonah Pesner, the URJ’s Senior Vice President, lays out the ideas behind the Reform Movement’s new Campaign for Youth Engagement, a major effort to bring young Jews (back) into the fold.

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  • The Challenges of Giving and Receiving

    I am four-fifths of the way through a 10-month sabbatical in Israel with my family. We have been living in Modi’in, a growing young city half-way between Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, for the past eight months.

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  • Israel Thing: The Evolving Narrative of the Holocaust Memory in Israel

    Holocaust Remembrance Day is usually a time to reflect on the darkest tragedy of the Jewish people in the modern age (and some would say in all of history). The importance of having such a day is indisputable, but personally, I must say I find myself pondering the events of the Holocaust quite frequently.

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  • NFTY, a Foundation for Your Life

    As the school year comes to an end, there are hundreds of NFTYites who will be graduating and taking their Judaic leadership to the next big thing. Whether that is Hillel at a University campus, some form of religious education or forming one’s own religious identity, there will most definitely be a transition period.

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