• Why One NFTY Alum Decided to Shave Her Head

    Im ein ani li, mi li? U’kh’she’ani le’atzmi, mah ani? V’im lo ‘akhshav, eimatai?: If I am not for myself who will be for me? If I am only for myself, what am I? If not now, when? Editor’s Note: We have been incredibly moved by the outpouring of support

  • Why I’m Proud to Be a NFTY Alumna

    By Beth Rodin, Associate Director of NFTY I am the luckiest person in the world. I have the opportunity and honor to travel around NFTY and visit so many of our regional events.  This weekend, I went “home” to NFTY CAR and NFTY NO.  I grew up in CAR, staffed

  • My NFTY Story: Evan Traylor, President, 2012-2013

    Reflections: One of my favorite memories from my time as NFTY President was NFTY Convention 2013. In addition to having a phenomenal experience meeting NFTYites, enjoying the beach, dancing during awesome song sessions, and electing the next NFTY Board, I had the opportunity to give a joint d’var Torah with Rabbi Rick

  • My NFTY Story: Forrest Yesnes, President, 2011-2012

    Reflections: Of the countless joys I experienced as the NFTY President, so many come back to my fellow board members and our advisor. Our collective willingness to raise expectations, seek meaning, and act based on our shared, Jewish values defined our term together in ways I will never be able

  • My NFTY Story: Jessica Goodman, President, 2008-2009

    Reflections: During my first few months as NFTY President, being at Kutz was an incredible learning experience. My leadership was tested as my board tried to find our strengths and weaknesses. It was so much fun, but at times we created unnecessary stress for ourselves. A few weeks in, I

  • My NFTY Story: Zach Newburgh, President, 2007-2008

    Reflections: Rewriting the NFTY Constitution and its Principles. My experience as a NFTY leader enabled me to become the person who I am today. It instilled within me the confidence to chase after my dreams, the skills necessary to achieve successes that I would have never attained otherwise, as well

  • My NFTY Story: Dean Carson, President, 2006-2007

    Reflections: As NFTY President, myself and then-NFTY Managing Director Hope Chernak were invited to meetings in Jerusalem in winter 2006-07 with other presidents of Netzer Olami. As a result of our suggestions to other Netzer leaders, the entire NFTY North American Board was invited to Jerusalem again over spring break to attend

  • My NFTY Story: Ashley Habas, President, 2001-2002

    Reflections: Traveling to Israel to show NFTY’s solidarity at the beginning of the second intifada and to foster the relationship with Netzer Olami. NFTY strengthened my Jewish identity and set me on the path toward lifelong Jewish learning and communal involvement. I built strong friendships and developed tremendous leadership skills. Bio:

  • My NFTY Story: Rinat Manhoff, President, 1995-1996

    Reflections: In the summer of 1995, NFTY was invited to join (then) UAHC’s delegation to the World Union of Progressive Judaism’s Conference in Paris, France. I, along with roughly twenty current and former regional board members, attended the conference and represented American youth. I was blessed to address the conference

  • My NFTY Story: Rabbi Brigitte Rosenberg, President, 1992-1993

    Reflections: Our NFTY board was the first to spend the summer at Kutz. We were the guinea pigs! During our year, we brought up the name change, i.e. NFTY—then region, but it didn’t move in our year. I don’t know how many years it was until it changed, but we had started