• Fall Kallah D’var Torah – Lech Lecha

    Written by: Hanna Carr, NFTY-PAR RCVP From the very first line of this Torah portion, Lech Lecha, Abram, soon to become Abraham, is tasked with a heavy burden: he is told to leave his home, his house, and his land, all because a strange God told him to do so. Although the Torah seldom provides


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  • In Pursuit of Justice: My Experience on America’s Journey for Justice

    It was 8 AM when we began to march. We laced up our sneakers, donned our hats and sunglasses, and lathered on sunscreen as we took to the pavement, eager to trek the seventeen miles that lay ahead. It was a muggy August day in rural South Carolina, but the heat did not diminish our zeal in taking a stand for civil rights on America’s Journey for Justice, a 40-day, 860-mile trek from Selma to Washington, DC, sponsored by the NAACP.


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  • The 10 Commandments of PARticipation

    During NFTY-PAR’s Summer Leadership Kallah, the PAR Board ran workshops for PARticipants. These workshops consisted of what we, the PAR Board, felt were important skills to have when in a leadership role.


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  • May Brought Exciting New Changes

    May is a very important month in the NFTY-PAR community, most likely the most important. May is the changing of the guard, the beginning and the end. NFTY-PAR’s first event of the new year, Haggigah/Maccabiah (or Hag/Mac), takes place in May.


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  • NFTY-PAR: Hag/Mac 2015… My First Event as a Regional Board Member

    From May 15-17, NFTY-PAR had our first event of the year called Haggigah/Maccabiah, or Hag/Mac. It was open to 8th-11th graders and was at Camp Harlam. This event was my first as a Regional Board member, which means I planned this event with the rest of the NFTY-PAR Regional Board from start to finish, and ran the whole thing. This experience was so fun and amazing, and I loved every minute.


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  • NFTY-PAR – Ongoing Professional Development: Wait, How Do You Do That?

    “If we teach today’s students as we taught yesterday’s, we rob them of tomorrow.” This wise and intuitive statement was spoken by none other than one of the fathers of education, John Dewey. We are all educators. Whether you spend the lion’s share of your time planning and executing traditional education programs, youth group programs, or simply spending time with your families, we are all constantly teaching each other.


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  • NFTY Alumni: It’s Not Too Late to Make a Difference on Campus

    The end of the academic year is upon us, but that doesn’t mean campus programming and engagement has to come to a halt. NFTY Alum Alex McKeen, Ithaca College class of 2017, shares some ideas you can bring to your campus.


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  • NFTY-PAR: The Impact Youth Group Makes on a Congregation

    I would not be here were it not for NFTY. My guess is that, for many of us, that’s true. Our youth group has recently rebuilt itself through the hard efforts and commitment of several teens, like Jason Kramer, Ariel Friedlander, and Abby Kamen, and our talented advisor Avi Remetz. It would be easy to say, “my kids did that and are grown—it’s not for me.” or “my kids aren’t old enough yet”, but I would ask you to see our Youth Group as an essential aspect of the congregation, and to support it.


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  • NFTY-PAR: My Introduction to ARZA

    During NFTY-PAR’s social action oriented event, WINSTY, I learned something new that will now impact my Reform Jewish experience forever. Rabbi Jack Paskoff, the Rabbi at our host synagogue, introduced me to ARZA (ahr-tzah), the Association of Reform Zionists of America—who they are, what they do, and why it is important that we act now to support them


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  • NFTY-PAR: Making a Difference with a Small Donation

    Being a part of the NFTY-PAR community has affected me in many different ways. I have made life-long friendships, learned many Jewish values, including helping others that are less fortunate. However, the most important part to me is the social action component.


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