• Video: I Believe in Friendship

    My name is Miranda, and I believe in friendship. No, not the cliché, over exaggerated movie recreation of what a friendship should be, but rather a pure, honest form of the word.

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  • Campaign for Youth Engagement: This is My Campaign

    The last Biennial I attended was in 2007 in San Diego. I did not know what to expect of Biennial and could not imagine just what thousands of Reform Jews looked like.

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  • Passion, Energy and Pie; The Keys to Philanthropy

    On a sunny afternoon in 1999, my unit took a walk up the road out of camp. There was a farmer who lived near camp that operated a roadside fruit stand, and he had set up a small arrangement with camp where bunks would, as a small treat, be allowed to shop there one day a summer.

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  • West Coast Party 2012 Registration has Opened!

    Head over to Camp Newman for an amazing weekend with over 350 teens from across the western United States. West Coast Party is a bi-annual event that allows Jewish teens to explore their Jewish identity in a safe, Jewish camp environment.

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  • Reflections of a Summer at Kutz Camp

    If you had asked me last summer when I got home from Israel what I was going to do during the summer of 2011, I would have told you that I was going to be a machon at Eisner. Then, something happened; I went to NFTY-NE’s summer Institute and the kids who had gone to Kutz that summer taught us a song.

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  • Gratitude

    I’ve been thinking a lot about gratitude recently, and the place it exists within my life. For instance, despite what various yoga instructors tell me, I do not find overwhelming gratitude at rising every morning, and I don’t generally feel a ton of gratitude for being able to draw each new breath (unless I’ve recently been punched in the stomach).

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  • How the URJ Camps Prepared Me To Be A NFTY Leader, part 1

    In honor of this month's URJ communication theme, "Focus on Youth," each of our NFTY North American Board members will be examining how their URJ camping experience shaped their Jewish lives and leadership styles. First up, NFTY MCVP Taylor Lyles chronicles her journey from URJ Jacobs Camp to Kutz.

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