A Chronological List of Recent NFTY News Items

Aug. 26, 2011
Visit the URJ website for updates on the impact Hurricane Irene has had on our communities, the Reform Movement's Disaster Relief Fund and prayers in response to natural disaster.
Jul. 26, 2011
Join us for NFTY at Biennial, December 12-15, 2013 in San Diego, CA, and be an active part of the largest Jewish gathering in North America.
Jul. 26, 2011
NFTY-CAR Youth Programs Manager Logan Zinman shares are a few of the things she has learned from transitioning with teens.
Jun. 29, 2011
An online Jewish learning experience with the opportunity to earn college credits! Topics include: Israel today, Kabbalah, Reform Judaism, Hebrew, Jewish Humor and Anti-Semitism.
Jun. 5, 2011
Check out NFTY's Resources Guides on GLBTQ Teen Inclusion, Bullying, No Phone Zone, Eating Disorders, and Dealing with Grief and Mourning.
May. 18, 2011
The editors of Reform Judaism magazine invite YOU to reflect upon what we need to do to strengthen the Jewish future in North America.
May. 10, 2011
Since NFTY's founding in 1939, Israel has been in the hearts and minds of its teen participants. Throughout our history - whether it be creating programs, rallying in support of Israel, making donations, or taking hundreds of teens to Israel each year - NFTY has stood by Israel.
Apr. 20, 2011
NFTYites asked by the U.S. Commission on Civil Rights to share stories of inter-student violence and GLBTQ bullying. Deadline for submissions has been extended to May 10.
Apr. 1, 2011
This April, NFTY and the Union for Reform Judaism are highlighting our many resources which assist in supporting greening efforts, including programs, publications, blogs, and more.
Mar. 14, 2011
In response to the tragic devastation of the earthquake that struck Japan on March 11, 2011, the URJ has partnered with a number of Jewish organizations to form the Jewish Coalition for Japan Relief. Funds collected by the Coalition will be dedicated towards relief and recovery efforts.
Mar. 1, 2011
NFTY takes a stand with Living NFTY: GLBTQ Teen Inclusion. NFTY continues its commitment to GLBTQ teens, and speaking up and speaking out about the value of every human being.
Feb. 28, 2011
Music is integral to our NFTY experience. Check out these songleading resources available online.
Feb. 20, 2011
NFTY is accepting self-nominations via an application process to fill the role of North American Programming Vice President. The application deadline is March 4, 2011.
Jan. 28, 2011
Get to know the candidates for NFTY’s North American Board for the 2011-2012 academic year by reading their bios, letters of intent, and watching their speeches online.
Jan. 21, 2011
NFTY joins with other teen movements - BBYO, NCSY and USY - to unite in taking a stand against bullying everywhere. Sign the pledge now!
Jan. 18, 2011
NFTY and the entire Reform Movement mourn the passing of Debbie Friedman (z”l), legendary performer, composer, recording artist, teacher and passionate Jewish visionary.
Jan. 17, 2011
Rabbi Eric Yoffie, URJ President, will dedicate much of his energies over the next two years to strengthening the Reform Movement's commitment to teen engagement.
Jan. 13, 2011
Tu BiSh'vat or the "New Year of the Trees" is Jewish Arbor Day. The holiday is observed on the fifteenth (tu) of Sh'vat. Visit NFTY's Tu BiSh'vat page for resources and more!
Dec. 14, 2010
Share your passion for music, art or writing with NFTY by entering this year's competitions. Awards include a $4400 NFTY scholarship! Hurry, entries are due January 10th.
Dec. 6, 2010
As fire engulfs Mt. Carmel, the Reform Movement lends its support to the relief efforts. Get updates and learn how you can help.
Dec. 6, 2010
Every February, NFTY’s leaders come together to do the business of our organization, where we will select an Action Theme, a Study Theme, and elect the 2011-2012 North American Board.
Nov. 18, 2010
Has your TYG run a great program on the NFTY Action Theme this year? Consider nominating one of your programs for the Tzedek Tirdof Award!
Nov. 3, 2010
Dream big. Be creative and bold. The URJ is soliciting proposals from member synagogues for innovative projects that reach people who do not regularly participate in congregational activities.
Oct. 29, 2010
The Union for Reform Judaism, in partnership with the World Union for Progressive Judaism, has announced an emergency grant to address the cholera epidemic in Haiti.
Sep. 27, 2010
NFTY Shaliach Roey Shiff reflects upon the 15th anniversary of Yitzhak Rabin's death.
Sep. 21, 2010
Visit the URJ's Resource Page on Muslim-Jewish Relations to read Rabbi Eric Yoffie's remarks to the URJ Executive Committee regarding Cordoba House Community Center and Mosque.
Sep. 19, 2010
Reform Judaism Magazine's fifth annual college supplement provides Jewish perspectives and useful information about various aspects of the college experience.
Aug. 31, 2010
The Reform Movement responded generously with time and money to the overwhelming need that exists in the Gulf Coast since the 2005 hurricane season.
Aug. 4, 2010
Rabbis Yoffie and Saperstein: "The principle of religious freedom on which the United States was founded has demonstrated that our nation is strengthened by the faith of its citizens and the houses of worship in which they gather."
Aug. 3, 2010
February 18-22, 2011 - Dallas, Texas - NFTY Convention is THE place for Reform Jewish teens to experience the NFTY community.
Aug. 2, 2010
From the Huffington Post: Rabbi Yoffie writes about what liberals and fundamentalists can learn from each other.
Jul. 28, 2010
Success was achieved in stopping a Knesset vote on the conversion bill. No issue in recent memory has so mobilized Jews from all streams and all parts of Israel and the Diaspora as has the bill proposed by MK David Rotem to vest authority for conversions in the hands of the Chief Rabbinate. Yet, there is more to be done.
Jul. 7, 2010
“With the light of this candle, you will matriculate to the role of NFTY President,” explained outgoing NFTY President, Aliza Gazek, as she welcomed the incoming NFTY President, Daniel Landesberg, into his new role. “I’ll keep your business card in my wallet.”
Jul. 1, 2010
Sunday, July 11th, abruptly and with no warning, a committee vote was held on the bill sponsored by Member of the Knesset David Rotem that poses a dangerous threat to the rights of Conservative, Reform, and all non-Orthodox Jews, who comprise the overwhelming majority of world Jewry.
Jun. 18, 2010
Camp isn't easy for everyone, especially the physically challenged. Camp Dream Street, sponsored by NFTY-SO, makes camp a reality for just those kids. The camping program for children with physical disabilities is held on the grounds of URJ Jacobs Camp in Utica, MS. Learn more about the inspirational experiences of 2010 in the camp newsletter.
Jun. 9, 2010
In the latest edition of "It's an Israel Thing," Hanan discusses the Gaza Flotilla Incident and explains Israel's 'power dilemma.'
Jun. 1, 2010
On May 31, the day when Americans paused to remember those who have fallen in battle, we woke to the difficult news that early that morning Israeli commandos had stopped six ships carrying hundreds of pro-Palestinian activists on an aid mission to Gaza.
May. 28, 2010
NFTY President Aliza Gazek joined President Obama at the first ever White House reception in honor of Jewish American Heritage Month.
May. 20, 2010
Share your favorite NFTY memory from 2009-2010 with us on by posting your favorite memory as a comment on NFTY's Facebook page!
May. 18, 2010
What do you want to know about the newest nominee to the Supreme Court, Elena Kagan? With a lifetime appointment, she can have an influence on many of the issues that matter most to the Reform Movement and to YOU. Submit your questions now!
May. 17, 2010
A former director of NFTY in Israel, Rabbi Forman received NFTY Lifetime Membership in 1985.
May. 7, 2010
Did you create a sustainable community action project, program or organization that you want to grow? Lack the funds to take your project to the next level? If you answered "YES!", you are eligible to apply for a BIC 4 GOOD Grant!
Mar. 24, 2010
NFTY SoCal and EIE Alum Yoav Schaefer writes about his late twin brother Avi and his connection with and love for Israel.
Mar. 9, 2010
The Knesset may vote as soon as Tuesday on legislation that would make important changes to the Law of Return, which sets forth who can claim Israeli citizenship. This particular legislation would target converts to Judaism. Act now!
Mar. 1, 2010
At this year's NFTY Veida, held from February 12-15, 2010 at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX, NFTY elected its leaders for the upcoming 2010-2011 year.
Mar. 1, 2010
At NFTY Veida 5770, NFTY's General Board voted to adopt policies and themes for the 2010-2011 year. See which resolutions and recommendations were adopted by NFTY's leadership!
Feb. 24, 2010
Tikkun Olam — repairing the world— has always been a major component of the Reform Jewish experience. Check out our summer social action programs in San Francisco, New Jersey, Costa Rica, New Orleans, and Kutz!
Feb. 20, 2010
At their mid-year meeting in February, NFTY's leaders learned more about, and passed a resolution in support of, Women of the Wall.
Feb. 18, 2010
Should Jews living outside of Israel be allowed to vote in Israeli elections?
Feb. 3, 2010
Have you done something to help the crisis in Haiti? Worked with your community, school, friends, parents, youth group, or by yourself? Please share the story and help spread the message of Tikkun Olam with other NFTYites!
Jan. 29, 2010
The list of candidates for 2010-2011 NFTY Board has now been posted, including candidate bios and letters of intent. Also, be sure to check out resolutions for next year's Study and Action Themes.
Jan. 15, 2010
Together we can help!
NFTY's Haiti relief page offers resources, information, and an opportunity to donate. Continue checking the page for additional information and resources as they become available.
Jan. 1, 2010
A former NFTY President (1954-1956), Rabbi Wittstein was the founding rabbi of Temple Israel in London, Ontario.
Dec. 21, 2009
Until Sunday, February 14th, grow out your hair to donate to the organization Locks of Love. The hair you donate will be used to create hairpieces for financially disadvantaged children who suffer from long term medical hair loss.
Nov. 5, 2009
Sign up now and travel with hundreds of NFTYites from across North America in Israel and Europe for what will be the most amazing summer of your life. NFTY in Israel offers four, five and six week programs, sure to meet the needs of nearly every teen in NFTY. For more information, visit
Nov. 3, 2009
Read about the personal story of the first Israeli woman to win the Nobel Prize in chemistry.
Oct. 29, 2009
As Israel commemorates the 14th anniversary of the assassination of former Israeli Prime Minister Yitzhak Rabin, we invite you to learn more about the man, his legacy and more by visiting NFTY's special resource section.
Oct. 1, 2009
Navarre Moore, NFTY-NW Communications Vice-President, writes about his experience in NFTY and at Kutz in JTNews' Special Teen Edition.
Sep. 29, 2009
Are you an aspiring Jewish musician? Check out the "Generation to Generation" program and demonstrate your musical talent.
Sep. 22, 2009
What does the first day of school in Israel look like? What do Israelis feel and think about the coming of the New Year? For the answer to these questions and more, check out “Inyan Israeli,” an Israeli’s explanation about what is taking place behind the scenes in Israel.
Sep. 5, 2009
To take place at the URJ Biennial in Toronto, Canada from Thursday, November 5 until Sunday, November 8, the NFTY Leaders Assembly gives you the opportunity to experience the largest gathering of Reform Jews in the world!
Aug. 31, 2009
The NFTY North American Board exists to serve at the pleasure of their constituents – YOU! Get to know the NFTY Board by reading their bios, watching welcome videos, and learning how you can be in touch with them throughout the year.
Aug. 21, 2009
In the Cleveland Jewish News, NFTY-NEL RCVP Micah Rembrandt is proud that NFTY is "not afraid to display" its feelings about the importance of God in Jewish life.
Aug. 12, 2009
Refugee camps are often overlooked in Jewish youth programming. Two NFTYites blog about the program they ran this summer with over 190 teens at the URJ Kutz Campus.
May. 28, 2009
President Obama has nominated Judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Check out the RAC's newly launched site,, where you can submit YOUR questions to the new Supreme Court nominee.
Mar. 6, 2009
Our NFTY community is here to support us in the best of times, and in the most challenging of times. As we continue our Living NFTY Initiative, we pause to learn about how we can help one another through times of grief and mourning.
Mar. 4, 2009
Mazel tov to this year's winners! Learn more about this year's D'var Torah, Song and Visual Arts competitions.
Feb. 23, 2009
NFTY supports National Eating Disorders Awareness Week to attract attention to the seriousness of eating disorders and the pressures, attitudes and behaviors which contribute to them.
Feb. 23, 2009
At NFTY Convention in Washington, DC, NFTY's general board gathered to conduct their midyear board meeting where they elected the new NFTY board and choose new program themes.
Feb. 19, 2009
NFTY is on twitter. Sign up now to follow our tweets!
Feb. 15, 2009
More than 700 NFTYites from across the U.S. and Canada spent Sunday afternoon (2/15) donning hairnets and plastic gloves as they assembled more than 40,000 kosher meals to be served to needy Jewish families in NYC.
Feb. 9, 2009
The Candidate Speeches for the eighteen candidates for NFTY Board are now LIVE! Elections will take place at NFTY Convention next week.
Jan. 23, 2009
Eighteen candidates representing 13 regions have submitted letters of intent to serve on the 5769-5770 NFTY North American Board. Read their bios, letters of intent and watch video speeches here!
Jan. 22, 2009
Read through the five submissions for new Study and Action Themes for the 2009-2010 academic year!
Dec. 29, 2008
In celebration with NFTY’s 70 birthday, NFTY is creating it’s first ever cookbook, “70 Years of Noshing with NFTY!” You are cordially invited to submit your original recipes by clicking on the link above.
Dec. 22, 2008
Every two years NFTY challenges its members to explore these creative outlets within a Jewish context through the NFTY Competitions. Judged in Washington DC, at the biennial NFTY Convention, NFTY Competitions gives NFTYites an opportunity to bring our Jewish values and teachings to life through creativity.
Oct. 8, 2008
Rabbi Miri Gold has served as the Rabbi of Birkat Shalom congregation in Kibbutz Gezer. Rabbi Gold, is not recognized by the State because she is a Reform rabbi. Click here to sign a petition that will be sent to President Shimon Peres asking for recognition of Rabbi Miri Gold.
Sep. 17, 2008
The DAK is now live! Check out this extensive resource for programming about Israel in your TYG or NFTY Region!
Sep. 11, 2008
The Summer 2008 Edition of Ani V'Atah is now posted. Check it out here!
Jul. 15, 2008
Eboo Patel, founder and executive director of the Interfaith Youth Core, recently visited NFTY's Kutz Campus. He writes about his visit on the Washington Post blog.
Jul. 9, 2008
The Reform Movement will celebrate Israel’s 60th, the 50th anniversary of NFTY in Israel, and the 30th anniversary of the founding of ARZA on July 10 with an all night celebration beginning in Jerusalem and culminating at Masada with a Dan Nichols concert.
Jul. 3, 2008
NFTY's new president shares her goals for the upcoming year as NFTY prepares to turn 70 in 2009!
May. 13, 2008
Passed as part of the Preamble of the new NFTY Constitution in February are NFTY's Thirteen Principles. These values are essential to fulfilling our mission as a Reform Youth Movement.
May. 7, 2008
The Israel Religious Action Center has just launched a website in honor of Israel’s 60th birthday this Thursday May 8th. This website gives information about the Israel Religious Action Center's humanitarian aid project, Keren B’Kavod, and many great Israel educational tools for young children, teens and adults.
Apr. 17, 2008
This edition of NFTYCast features an interfaith dialogue between NFTYites and teens from other faiths in the New York Area. Also be sure to check out the additional resources to create a similar dialogue in your local communities!
Mar. 27, 2008
Every month, NFTY sends an online newsletter with the latest programming, content and resources on the NFTY Website. Are you linked into eSOURCE? See the latest edition and sign up to receive future eSOURCE emails!
Mar. 24, 2008
Every year, NFTY honors outstanding programs based around the NFTY Study Theme. Read more about how your TYG can enter to win a Tikkun Olam Award for outstanding programming!
Mar. 20, 2008
Resources and information surrounding the myth of Israeli Apartheid
Mar. 19, 2008
Celebrate the holidays with NFTY! Check out NFTY's Chag Maccabiah!
Mar. 17, 2008
Check out this great article written by Gabbi Sar-Shalom, the Education Director of Netzer Olami, now on the NFTY Blog!
Feb. 22, 2008
As the race gets more intense, here are some articles to check out regarding commentary and support of Jews for each of the leading candidates.
Feb. 21, 2008
NFTY awards Life Membership to those individuals whose contributions to NFTY are without measure. Mazal tov to our two newest Life Members of NFTY, Jonathan "JC" Cohen and Eugene Krupitsky.
Feb. 20, 2008
Following months of tedious work modifying our constitution to truly reflect the needs and visions of our constituents, the NFTY North American Board presented a revised Constitution to the General Board of NFTY, which was adopted, Article by Article, unanimously.
Feb. 19, 2008
The General Board of NFTY selected the candidates who will represent NFTY throughout the 2008-2009 school year. Their terms begin in June at Mechina. Learn more about them here!
Feb. 8, 2008
The North American Board of NFTY will propose a major revitalization of the NFTY Constitution at our upcoming General Board meeting at NFTY Veida. Read more about the proposed changes here.
Jan. 29, 2008
Read the resolutions being presented at the NFTY Veida next month! Resolutions include proposed Study and Action Theme options, a complete constitutional review of NFTY’s Constitution, and other exciting new business.
Jan. 28, 2008
Click here to find information on the eleven NFTYites who have declared their candidacy for the 5768-5769 NFTY North American Board. Elections will be held at the NFTY Veida, February 15-18, 2008 at NFTY's Kutz Campus in Warwick, NY.
Dec. 21, 2007
Read the latest NFTY Newsletter, Ani V'atah, now on In this edition, we focus on celebrating Israel at 60, and hear from all of our 19 Regions.
Dec. 21, 2007
Voice Your Choice is a comprehensive resource with information to help you make informed decisions about the 2008 Presidential Election. Written and compiled by NFTYites, VYC provides you with information that's important to you as a NFTYites. Check it out!!
Nov. 2, 2007
Take a minute and learn some hebrew with NFTY's Hebrew Minute in partnership with the URJ Ten Minutes of Torah! Spend a minute once a week, and watch your hebrew lexicon grow! Check it out!
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