• Reconnecting with my Jewish Identity

    The past three years of my life haven’t revolved around my Jewish community like it did when I was growing up. I’ve had some opportunities at Cal Poly to attend holiday services and to go to Seders at my cousins’ house, but I haven’t felt as strong of a Jewish presence in my life here.


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    Happy Hanukkah from NFTY-SW!

    Happy Hanukkah from your NFTY-SW Songleaders! Watch this video and then go register by January 10 for NFTY-SW Winter Kallah!


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  • An Interfaith Holiday Season

    As you pull up to my house this time of year, you’ll see bright blue lights lining my roof. As you walk through the front door, my dining room table is set up with a Star of David-patterned tablecloth, dreidels, and Hanukkiahs. As you look across into the living room, a brightly-colored Christmas tree will catch your eye. As you step into the room, you’ll find my family’s “Hanukkah bush” in the corner: a small tree decorated with a Star of David topper and Jewish-themed ornaments.


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  • On Being Courageous – A Reflection on NFTY-SW Fall Kallah 2017

    It’s safe to say that the world can be a scary and mysterious place. Finding the strength to navigate it can be even scarier. For millennia, we as a people have had to live in a world that has thrown seemingly endless hate and prejudice our way, but to this day we continue to prosper and prevail.


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  • Whoever Saves One Life…

    It’s been two weeks since the tragic massacre in Las Vegas.  At this point we are all too familiar with the tragic events that transpired October 1st. The cycle seems to repeat itself.


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  • 7 Incredible Opportunities For You and Your NFTY Friends

    Registration is open for Summer 2018 and more! From two new specialty summer camps, to leadership and social justice opportunities, to Israel and beyond. Visit urjyouth.org for your road map to adventure! 


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  • An Unexpected Journey – Lobbying for Undocumented Immigrants

    On April 1st I packed my bags for a trip to Washington D.C. with the Jewish Latino Teen Coalition. While I was excited, I really had no idea what to expect. I certainly didn’t expect the incredible journey that it became.


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  • NFTY-SW General Board and Chair Applications 2017-2018

    NFTY-SW is committed to giving everyone the opportunity to lead. It’s said right in the NFTY Mission Statement that we pursue personal growth and youth empowerment through teen-powered engagement.


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  • SW NFTY78 Social Action Weekend Recap

    We can’t believe it was a whole week ago that our whole community was together. On behalf of the outgoing and incoming NFTY-SW regional boards, we had a great time giving our newest members a taste of NFTY.


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  • Save the Dates! NFTY-SW 2017-2018 Regional Event Calendar

    NFTY is a community for Reform Jewish high school students. Participants build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming.


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