The Potential of Jewish Leadership

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November 6, 2014 | 13 Cheshvan, 5775

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NFTY New York Area Region

How can our leadership change the world? That’s the question NFTY teens rallied around at the inaugural New York Area Jewish Teen Leadership Summit. NFTY-NAR President, Samuel Barnett, explains the challenges, goals, and hopes for Jewish teens who are redefining youth engagement. Read more »
Nicaragua An Ongoing Obligation to Nicaragua cat-camps2
Mitzvah Corps

After a life-changing Mitzvah Corps trip to Nicaragua, Jade and Jared decided to continue their social action efforts post-trip. As soon as they returned home, they began fundraising for the village of El Castillo, in an attempt to supply the residents with the construction and sports equipment they lack. They’ve already reached $4,576 of their $7,500 goal!  Read more »

YES Saying YES to YOUTH cat-nfty2

In 1955 the Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ) established the YES Fund to underwrite youth activities and educational projects. Today, it’s still flourishing and funding youth. Most recently, WRJ pledged $75,000 to fund NFTY6 Fellows, an innovative program designed to target sixth graders pre-bar/bat mitzvah.. Read more »

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URJ Camp Harlam

At URJ Camp Harlam this summer, staff challenged each camper in Galil to create a “phone mezuzah” which they did on an index card. They wrote their phone number, a message, took a snapshot and texted/emailed their camp friends. When the campers returned home, they received hundreds of messages from all of their friends; reminders to keep camp close to them throughout the year. Read more

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URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

At URJ 6 Points Sports Academy, there’s no shortage of interest in baseball. In contemplating the connections between Yom Kippur and sports, the author recounts the timeless story of Sandy Koufax, legendary baseball player who refused to play the opening game of the 1965 World Series because it was Yom Kippur. Read more »

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