Jewish Students Will Not Stand Idly By

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June 5, 2015 | 18 Sivan 5775

Jewish Students Will Not Stand Idly By Jewish Students Will Not Stand Idly By
NFTY and the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Taylor Gleeson grew up less than 30 minutes from the Aurora, CO movie theater where 80 people were shot in 2012. She spent that day desperately trying to contact friends who had been both at the theater and around the area. It was an experience she never wants to go through again, a wake-up call both for herself and many others: gun violence continues to be a fatal issue, and something needs to change. Read more »

See also: On June 2, NFTY teens came together in wearing orange in support of National Gun Violence Awareness Day »

Five Lessons Learned Being a Counselor at Jewish Camp Five Lessons Learned Being a Counselor at Jewish Camp
URJ Camps

Summer camp counselors and staff are the role models campers will look up to. In this piece from ReformJudaism.org, hear from longtime staff about why they come back to camp as adults – and learn what your child has to look forward to as they grow this summer. Read more »

Camp Jenny Camp Jenny Through the Eyes of NFTY Parent
NFTY Southern Tropical and Southern Area Regions

After hearing six years of stories from her daughter, Beth Blacker didn’t think she could get any more emotionally attached to NFTY Camp Jenny – that is, until she spent her Memorial Day weekend there with 150 young campers from urban Atlanta, many of whom had never left the confines of the city. Beth’s experience was life-changing. Read more »

Camp & Congregations Partnering to Foster Teens’ Love of Judaism All Year Long Camp & Congregations Partnering to Foster Teens’ Love
of Judaism All Year Long

URJ Camp Newman and NFTY Central West Region

Turning a summer camp into a year-round center for youth engagement is no easy feat, but Alex Rogers, assistant director of year-round programs at URJ Camp Newman, quickly learned that partnership is the key to success. Alex writes about the impact of working closely with local congregations to foster teens’ love of Judaism.  Read more »

The Emotional Return Home After Four Months Living in Israel The Emotional Return Home After Four Months Living in Israel
NFTY-EIE High School in Israel

A cohort of 73 teens from across North America returned last week after spending four months at the NFTY-EIE High School in Israel. Rudy, a junior from Berkley California, writes about her emotional last visit to the Kotel, and the reality she faces now that she has returned home, forever changed by her experience on the program. Read more »

Teen Fellows Tackle the Tough Topic of The Normalization of Rape Teen Fellows Tackle the Topic of The Normalization of Rape
The North Peninsula Teen Collective powered by URJ Camp Newman

Sometimes, teens have a chance to redefine the society in which they live. Recently, 12 teens took part in the Marcus Social Justice Fellowship, where they tackled the tough topic of the normalization of rape and took strides to turn bystanders into upstanders when it comes to challenging rape culture. Their impressive steps toward eliminating the culture of rape in America are just the beginning. Read more »

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  • Thank you for featuring my recent blog about my Camp Jenny experience as a parent on this site. It truly was an honor and a privilege to have been able to attend this amazing program. For anyone that wants to see the documentary mentioned, please send a message via the contact link provided. I promise it will be worth every second of the 7 minutes it takes to watch it, says the proud Jewish mother of the daughter who filmed it 🙂