• Gracie Silverstein

    How I’m Taking Action After Pittsburgh (Even Though I’m Not Old Enough to Vote)

    I believe that we are Stronger than Hate. If you do, too, and want to wear a necklace like the ones my friends and my communities are wearing, I hope you’ll order one and join me in channeling passion into action.

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  • NFTY Addresses Student on Student Sexual Violence: Join the Effort

    Count 98 seconds. That is the amount of time between one sexual assault and another in the United States alone.

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  • A Huge Feeling of Jewish Connection

    What would teenagers describe as a “great weekend”. For three local Jewish teens, it was a chilly winter weekend spent doing volunteer work and sharing Shabbat at a Pittsburgh synagogue with more than 100 other Jewish teens who are part of the regional Reform youth movement, NFTY-PAR.

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  • NFTY Remembers: Holocaust Remembrance Day

    The Holocaust will forever be a sorrowful reminder for the Jews of our people’s oppression. For the Jewish community as a whole, International Holocaust Remembrance Day is a time for reflection and action.

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  • Kol Haneshama- With All We Are

    During Friday night services at Biennial 2017, this was all too true for me and the nearly 6,000 other Reform Jews sharing in the joy of Shabbat. In the parts of the service when we collectively raised our voices in celebration of our heritage, our traditions, and our community and in parts when we continued our study themes from the week, Friday night services served as the culmination of my Biennial experience.

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  • Finding my Connection to Israel

    Every time I have a chance to run a program or write a piece for NFTY, my mind immediately jumps to Israel. Not because I want all people to fully support Israel(I don’t always), nor tell people the simple stuff, like whether or not you should get fries on your falafel (which you definitely should).

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  • The Power to Convene: We Can End Gun Violence

    As President Abraham Lincoln famously said when he was a candidate for US Senate, “A house divided against itself cannot stand.” It seems as though we can take value from our sixteenth President’s words for nearly every issue in our unfortunately divided nation. Gun violence prevention (GVP) is no exception.

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  • Fighting The Blaze: NFTY’s Response to the Fires in Israel

    These past few weeks in Israel, especially Haifa, have been filled with sadness and tragedy due to fires. Officials have cited arson and a perfect storm of natural circumstances, as cause for the many fires sweeping the small state.

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  • In Pursuit of Justice: My Experience on America’s Journey for Justice

    It was 8 AM when we began to march. We laced up our sneakers, donned our hats and sunglasses, and lathered on sunscreen as we took to the pavement, eager to trek the seventeen miles that lay ahead.

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  • The 10 Commandments of PARticipation

    During NFTY-PAR’s Summer Leadership Kallah, the PAR Board ran workshops for PARticipants. These workshops consisted of what we, the PAR Board, felt were important skills to have when in a leadership role.

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