• Reconnecting with my Jewish Identity

    By Kenny Levy, NFTY-SW & URJ Kutz Camp Alum 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,

  • Experiencing the Start-Up Nation For a Summer

    By the time I graduated high school, I had spent thirteen summers at Jewish camps, eight summers at Jewish overnight camps, and attended 21 NFTY events.  Despite all of these years of Jewish programming, I was missing a connection to Israel. I had learned about and admired Israel for my

  • 45 NFTY Events

    While driving back to Cincinnati from Chicago after Thanksgiving, my fiancee and I played a fun little game, counting the number of NFTY events each of us had attended. I am a product of the Chicago Area Region, she a Southwest alum.

  • NFTY College Alumni in DC Event Recap

    As many NFTY alums will attest, NFTY never truly leaves you. Between the incredible memories, powerful Jewish moments, and friends that last a lifetime, the impact of NFTY continues for many years after you graduate from high school.

  • Reflections on Israel Becoming a State for all Jews

    As Reform Jews, we have been working tirelessly in concert with colleagues and friends from the Israel Movement for Progressive and Reform Judaism, the Conservative movement and other interested parties for decades to achieve the goal of establishing Israel as a state where all Jews can practise their form of

  • The Future of Progressive Jewish Leadership

    My connection to the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) began in the summer of 2010. As a camper at URJ Kutz Camp, I shared a cabin with campers from Israel and South Africa, and I learned from them and other international campers about their experiences growing up in Netzer,

  • NELFTY Alumna Creates App for Holocaust Remembrance Day

    Editor’s Note: We love sharing the exciting things our alumni are up to, like Susan Stern Ringel, NELFTY ’82, who created a mobile app to help commemorate Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, which begins the evening of April 23 this year. Read on to learn more about her creation, motivation,

  • A Look Back at NFTY Convention 2017

    We're back from Chicago and we had a blast connecting with dozens of alumni and watching the youth of the movement share the NFTY joy we all know so well.

  • NFTY + OneTable: How Our Youth Organizations (Still) Help Our Career

    My NFTY experience was unique because by the time I was ready to be involved, the group needed to be reorganized. I was motivated to get the ball running and put Hawaii on the NFTY map. Our chapter, Honolulu Oahu Temple Youth (or HOOTY), was small but strong.

  • NFTY Live at the Women’s March in Washington, D.C.

    Current NFTY President Kathryn Fleisher, NFTY alum Rabbi Jonah Pesner, director of the Religious Action Center, and Miriam Chilton, Vice President for Youth for the URJ, were among the hundreds of thousands who marched at the Women’s March on Washington on January 21. They shared a live video of their