• Creation of the World – B’reishit

    Shabbat Shalom, my name is Brooke Weiss. I am a senior from TCTY and this is my third fall kallah. This week’s Torah portion is B’reishit. It is the beginning of the Torah cycle and discusses the creation of the world. God creates the world in seven days, concluding with the first Shabbat. The first Shabbat was a very important beginning and although this is NOT the first Shabbat this weekend, it IS the first NFTY Shabbat for a lot of you.


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  • 50% of GETY: How NFTY Helped Maintain my Judaism When My Temple Closed Its Doors

    Even though I resented the drive to Sunday School every week and dreaded having to add Thursdays to the equation once I reached the fourth grade, it was still my home. It may have rented space from a church and had only three religious school teachers, but the community was like a family. My friend and NFTY Giant Jon Raben once described it as, “a bunch of friends got together and hired a rabbi, then the rabbi became their friend.” He couldn’t have been more correct.


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  • Why I Stand for Gun Violence Prevention

    By Eva Turner, Songleader, NFTY-SW Please close your eyes for a second and picture, if you will, today. Except five years ago. Think about where you were, who you were with, what you were doing. As I think back to that day, I can recount to you exactly what happened, where I was, as if


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  • Becoming the Leader of Me

    The NFTY-SW Leadership Training Institute took teen leaders from workshop to workshop, program to program, but one in particular stood out to me. Lynne Butner, our NFTY-SW Regional Director, wrote a program on the Science of Character where she utilized the Let it Ripple video by Tiffany Shlain on character building.


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  • This Is Where I Belong

    NFTY-Southwest has never been a quiet region. We sing loud and we cheer even louder. There was no better place for us to show that spirit than at this year’s Leadership Training Institute (LTI) at Temple Emanu-El in Tucson, AZ. Wildcat country.


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  • NFTY-SW Junior Youth Social Action Weekend Event Recap

    By the end of the evening, I could see that this group was already making connections and were happy to be together. After our mixers we experienced our first closing friendship circle and learned the NFTY cheer. Then we headed to our host homes for a good night’s sleep.


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