• What I Learned About Youth Adult Partnership from Teen Activism

    By Rabbi Elizabeth Zeller, Director of Learning and Innovation, NFTY “And just remember – if you’re having a meeting and there isn’t a teen in the room, let me know.  I’m happy to find you one who would love to be there.” About a year ago, I kept hearing these words, over and over again […]


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  • Learning and Growing Through Meaningful Service

    Starting a new program isn’t easy. There are many risks, unpredictable challenges, and a great deal of hard work. Last year, we created a new Mitzvah Corps program in Atlanta, in partnership with URJ Camp Coleman and Camp Best Friends, called Mitzvah Corps Atlanta. For many years, NFTY-SAR and STR have run Camp Jenny, a program giving children from an impoverished Atlanta community the opportunity to receive tutoring and support throughout the year, which then culminates in a 4-day long camp experience at Camp Coleman over Memorial Day Weekend.


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  • Ethan Asher, Matt Deitsch, and David Hogg’s Advice for Youth Activists

    At NFTY Convention over President’s Day Weekend, NFTYites had the chance to learn from three stellar gun violence prevention activists: Ethan Asher, President of HOTTY and Director of March for Our Lives Georgia, Matt Deitsch, Chief Strategist of March for Our Lives, and David Hogg, co-founder of March for Our Lives. They shared advice for gun violence prevention activists, and knowledge about organizing that can benefit anyone doing to tikkun olam - working to repair the world.


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  • The Value of Community and Relationship Building

    When my daughter started kindergarten, her teacher handed my husband and I a sheet of paper with the following statement; “Share with me what skills your child has coming into Kindergarten.”


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  • MCNOLA 2013 at the Lower 9th Ward Village

    Storytelling in the South

    For the past 3 summers, I’ve had the honor of planning and leading the URJ Mitzvah Corps trip through the South. We’ve spent time in Jackson, Montgomery, Birmingham, Memphis, and New Orleans. We had the opportunity to learn about these different communities and listen to stories to provide context around civil rights, civil liberties, racial justice, criminal justice reform, and why these issues are important to us as Jewish participants.


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  • What Joining My Neighborhood Food Co-Op Taught Me

    Shortly after moving to my current apartment in Brooklyn, my wife and I joined the legendary Park Slope Food Co-Op. The Co-Op is a member-owned grocery store, where every member contributes labor in exchange for access to shop. (Exceptions are made for new parents, individuals with disabilities, and longtime members who have earned retirement.)


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  • Seeking Justice In Local Context

    A couple of months ago, I found myself inside a broken-down house in Houston, Texas. The paint was gone, holes in the walls, and the roof struggling to stay upright – it was a truly devastating sight.


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  • Consider One of These 2019 New Year’s Resolutions

    This time of year it is common for people to reflect on the last 365 days and look towards the future. With 2019 right around the corner it is never too early to start making resolutions for personal enhancement for the year to come. Consider one of these New Year’s resolutions and get excited for 2019 with one of our three unique program options!


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  • NFTY-GER Teens Make a Difference in their Communities

    NFTY is steeped in a rich history of social activism. We are commanded by our faith and urged by tradition to continuously seek to improve our world. The values of Tikkun Olam and Tzedekare some of the fundamental pillars of our organization. The great Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. stressed the extraordinary power that a group of passionate people possess; Together, with our brimming enthusiasm and staunch resolve, we can accomplish incredible things. NFTY-GER teens proved this to be true this past weekend.


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  • Three West Coast Teens United by their Passion for Travel and Social Justice

    By all accounts I’m typical SoCal girl; whenever I have the choice, flip flops are my go-to. Each of the last 3 summers, I’ve had life changing experiences with Mitzvah Corps in Nicaragua, Costa Rica, and this past summer in the Pacific Northwest. I’d not typically been one to insert myself in a new group of people, but my experiences with Mitzvah Corps have shown me the value of stepping outside of my comfort zone.


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