• 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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  • 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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  • This Passover, Liberation from Gun Violence

    Ultimately the Torah commands us to do Tikkun Olam or repair the world. In this time of Passover, when the children are at the center of our tradition, it is clear that the teens of NFTY are leading the way in demanding the change that is needed to ensure that we can once and for all rid this country of the epidemic of gun violence.

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  • Justice, Justice we Shall Pursue

    For the month of March, the Reform Movement is calling on clergy across America to welcome their teens onto the bimah to share with your congregation the work that they are doing towards gun violence prevention. In hundreds of synagogues, let's have #TeensTaketheBimah to share why this issue matters, and how adults can support them in this work.

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  • NFTY Teens Made History in Tallahassee – We’re Not Done Yet

    I hope you saw the news stories about buses of students from Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, FL, making their way to Florida’s Capitol to plead with their legislators about preventing gun violence. For the past 24 hours, the Parkland Reform Jewish community made me one of their own and welcomed me onto their own bus to Tallahassee.

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  • Observing Memorial Day the URJ Camp Way

    By Jamie Mafdali NFTY-STR youth professional; Youth Director at Temple Dor Dorim When some people think of Memorial Day they think of beaches, barbecues, and mattress sales. Others think of the men and women who lost their lives in service of this great country.

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  • NFTY-STR: 15 Seconds

    After two camping experiences with profound connections to Israel, Haley Dennis took her passion for Israel and her passion for dance and created an original piece that will be performed at NFTY Convention.

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  • Countdown to NFTY Convention 2015: How NFTY Inspired My Daughter

    As every parent knows, when your child’s heart is bursting for joy, yours is, too. When your child’s heart is bursting for joy in anticipation before an event occurs, you’ve scored a gold mine.

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  • MVP Monday: Walking Through the Door

    It can be hard to step away from a group of friends and welcome a new member in, but it’s something that is inspiring to everyone. At some point or another, we all felt like we were “lost” at a NFTY event, but we also all had that one person invite us to sit with them at dinner, be their partner for a mixer, or anything in between.

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  • #TBT: SW, STR, TOR, and CAR

    This past weekend was packed with NFTY festivities, from NFTY-SW and STR Fall Kallah, CAR Kickoff, and Na'aseh V'Nishmah. Check out just some of the incredible things that went down!.

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