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For more than 75 years, NFTY has been taking action to create a more just, whole and compassionate world. This weekend, at NFTY Convention, we’ve been helping teens uncover their passion around social justice and learning how to turn that passion in to action. As part of our prophetic call to action to not stand idly by, NFTY formally launched our racial justice campaign this evening to begin to address the issues of systemic racism in North America.          

NFTY's racial justice...

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The URJ Youth Summit is underway in Chicago, IL, where it’s running parallel to NFTY Convention, bringing together a total of more than 1,400 Reform Jewish teens and educators from across North America. The Youth Summit is an opportunity for educators to hone their skills around supporting, nurturing, and educating teens. While they’re here, they’ll be inspired by experts in the field who will help guide them in creating a new language of mentorship, agency, and partnership as it relates to...

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A Statement by the Organizations of the Reform Movement

Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154 ​

February 17, 2017; NEW YORK, NY - The statement below is issued by the organizations of the Reform Movement, the largest movement in Jewish life. In releasing the statement, Union for Reform Judaism President Rabbi Rick Jacobs, following a private meeting with David Friedman, noted: "This is a critical moment. Never before have we opposed the nomination of a U.S. Ambassador. We do so now because of the imperative need for us to voice our concerns about this critically...

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We are pleased to announce that Joe Lichtenstein, a sophomore from Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA (NFTY Mid-Atlantic Region), is this year’s winner of the Wendy Blickstein Memorial D’var Torah competition. Joe’s d’var Torah, " The Quiet Message: How Parashat Yitro Teaches Us to Lead," focuses on leadership and authenticity in relationship to ...

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How would you respond if you saw a child you know and love tease a religious school classmate for being a “sissy”? Would you know what to say? Would you ignore it, unsure of how to speak to the child and their classmate about the teasing and their feelings?

Transgender and gender non-conforming youth are cherished members of our families, synagogues, schools, summer camps, and youth groups, but it is only during the past few years that the organized Jewish community has undertaken concerted, large-scale efforts to communicate our acceptance and love, and to let these children and...

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