• Reflecting on Yom Kippur

    It’s been around three weeks since NFTY-SW left Fall Kallah, in Prescott, AZ. During Fall Kallah, Max Cohen, our Religious & Cultural Vice-President led the region in a program called,“Preparing for the High Holidays.” During Max’s program, NFTYites explored the meaning of Yom Kippur and why it is significant to each of us.


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  • Highlights from Fall Kallah 2016

    It’s already been over two weeks since we said goodbye to the beautiful Prescott Pines where we spent Fall Kallah. Around 180 NFTYites attended Fall, and it was definitely a weekend to remember. Fall left us missing our special NFTY-SW community, and ready for Winter Kallah to come. Read on for some of the weekend highlights…


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  • Rising Leaders at Leadership Training Institute

    When I think of NFTY, I think of a tight-knit community of leaders who are willing to do anything to make an impact on the world around them. Honestly, I did not have a complete understanding of this idea until I attended Leadership Training Institute (LTI) in El Paso, Texas.


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  • Better Together Phoenix is open for 6-8th graders in Phoenix

    Better TogetherTM Phoenix is not only fun but brings experiential learning to a whole new level. Students learn about the value of Gimilut Chasadim (acts of loving kindness) in Hebrew School, but to get actual hands-on experiences and create memories with other Jewish teens from across the Phoenix Valley is an unforgettable, un-replicable experience.


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  • What I Learned at Mechina

    What a phenomenal time we had at Mechina at URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, NY. Throughout the week we met teens from all over North America, especially other participants from the West Coast Alliance (NFTY-SOCAL, NFTY-NW, NFTY-CWR, and NFTY-SW) where we proudly showed our ruach with the west coast at our sides.


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  • Better Together Phoenix Final Project

    The video you are about to watch is the final project of the Better Together Phoenix Program.  This project is supported through a Better Together™ Grant from a well-renowned national foundation. We are grateful for their generous support! Better Together Phoenix is one of 60 sites across the country bringing together teens and senior citizens. 


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  • Finding a Personal Connection to Israel

    By Shir Attias NFTY-SW Alum, Outgoing NFTY-SW Religious and Cultural Vice-President Very few people ask me why I care about Israel. I’m your token darker, curly haired girl with a very Hebrew name that screams Israeli so no one asks.  Contrary to popular belief, I don’t care because I’m Israeli. I don’t care because I’ve


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  • “This Program Can Fill a Void in Today’s Families”

    Pat Bruner, senior participant in Better Together Phoenix delivered this speech at our end of year celebration. I’ve been giving a lot of thought as to what to say about the Better Together program and what it has meant to its participants, along with what it should mean to all of us. To my fellow


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  • Senior Citizens I Will Always Remember

    By: Ryan Toughill,  6th grade participant in Better Together, Phoenix Ryan was the winner of our local Better2Write contest For more information about joining Better Together – please email bettertogetherphoenix@urj.org Until I joined Better Together I had never taken the time to sit down and get to know the seniors other than those that are


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  • The time I helped lead an Easter service

    By Max Cohen, NFTY-SW Religious and Cultural Vice-President Leading services has always been a passion of mine. It’ actually the reason why I learned to play guitar. Last month I had an incredible and unique experience. I had the honor of helping to lead the Youth Group Service Friday night at my temple for Shabbat, 


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