An American Teenager Helps Make History at the Western Wall

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May 7, 2015 | 18 Iyyar 5775

jstreet An American Teenager Helps Make History at the Western Wall cat-camp
NFTY-EIE High School in Israel

It’s not often that a teenage girl from the suburbs has a chance to participate in the making of world history, but NFTY-EIE High School in Israel student Juliet Pesner did just that. The Newton, MA native reflects on her experience, shared with 50 of her NFTY-EIE classmates, taking part in a Rosh Chodesh service with Women at the Wall, the first full torah service in its history. Read more »

Consultation on Conscience Consultation on Conscience: Making the Ask cat-camp
NFTY

Sam Dorow, NFTY-GER Social Action Vice President, attended the Religious Action Center’s Consultation on Conscience expecting to be exhausted after a long weekend at Spring Kallah. Instead, he was empowered to “make the ask,” lobby his legislators, and encourage his peers to stand up and make a difference in the country. Read his story here. Read more »

6 Points The Crossover of Judaism and Sports cat-camps
URJ 6 Points Sports Academy

Community is so often built exclusively upon shared background or interests. Jackie Gordon, Head Lacrosse Coach at URJ 6 Points Sports Academy, spent a lifetime immersed in the Jewish community and the athletic community, and now she shares how special and transformative it is to have become a part of a merged Jewish athletic community due to her involvement with 6 Points. Read more »

teens Have You Asked Your Teens These Questions Yet? Can You Do Better? cat-nfty2
URJ Camp Newman

The pressure of performance-related outcomes–what grade was earned, what the final score was–is unfortunately a predominant message in our society, but it doesn’t have to be. Ruben Arquilevich, Executive Director of URJ Camp Newman, shares how camp experiences, encouraging the asking of “who, where, and how” questions, instead of “what” questions, celebrate the humanity of children and lift the weight of the world from their shoulders.  Read more »

Stone Strong As Stone cat-camp
NFTY Ohio Valley

Jessica Stone, NFTY Ohio Valley senior and Social Action Vice President, joined NFTY as a reluctant and shy eighth grader, won over by the welcoming song of outgoing seniors. Here, she reflects on four years of NFTY involvement, and what it has meant for her personal growth, as well as her strengthened relationship with her older sister.  Read more»

Stone A Family Israel Experience to Remember cat-camp
URJ Camp George

URJ Camp George parent, Len Bates, knew that NFTY-EIE High School in Israel was a life-changing experience after witnessing the transformation in his daughter, Ariel, two years ago. Now that his son, Jarod, is enrolled, he decided to participate in the Parent Pilgrimage to see for himself what his children were so excited about, and he shares his experience here.  Read more »

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