• 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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  • This is Our Fight: What’s Next for NFTY’s Gun Violence Prevention Efforts

    By Jess Becker and Zoe Terner A year ago this March, our lives changed forever. We marched on Capitol Hill, we walked out of our schools, we demanded that our representatives listen.

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  • “We’re Not Just Teens, We’re Changemakers”

    On Wednesday, March 13, Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, met with the NFTY Social Action Vice President-elect Jess Becker to discuss their shared visions for the Reform Movement's commitment to social justice. Their conversation - which covered gun violence prevention advocacy, the power of the youth vote, the Torah's teachings on pursuing justice, and more - highlights the power of the adult-teen partnership.

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  • What You Need to Know About Title IX, and How You Can Help Protect It

    Every day, we are protected by rules and guidelines that we may not even know exist. For many of us in high school and college, Title IX, an act that prohibits discrimination on the basis of sex in public education, affects our daily lives.

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  • Gracie Silverstein

    Be Inspired! Reform Jewish Teens Take Action

    URJ congregations, camps, and NFTY programs offer a safe and familiar environment in which to explore Reform Jewish values. Living those values in the world is more challenging, and requires courage, perseverance, and resilience in the face of setbacks and disappointment.

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  • 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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  • Now is the time to show up, together.

    As members of NFTY, we know so personally what it means to grow up in a synagogue. We’ve sung Oseh Shalom on a Friday night, swaying back and forth with our arms around new friends; we’ve danced at late-night Saturday night socials in temple social halls; we’ve slept curled up in sleeping bags at youth group shul-ins; we’ve read the Torah for the first time with shaky knees and wobbly voices at our home congregations.

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  • Join NFTY & Fight for Immigration Justice

    As a movement, NFTY is deeply rooted in the belief that, together, we can create a kehilah kedosha, a holy community, as stated in our 13 principles. We care for one another, we hold ourselves accountable for creating a more just world, and we love with every fiber of our beings.

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  • 5 Ways to Get Your Students Involved in the Civic Engagement Campaign

    I was eight years old the first time I went into the voting booth. My family had just moved to a new town.

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