January 27, 2015   7 Sh'vat 5775

 

Shalom and welcome to NFTY's Ohio Valley Region! NFTY-OV brings together Reform Jewish Teens from Kentucky, Indiana, Tennessee, Pittsburgh (PA), Central and Southern Ohio, and western West Virginia. Our members come together at many times during the year for learning, fun, worship, community service, and fellowship to help young Jewish adults throughout the region build and strengthen lifetime ties with each other and Reform Judaism.

And it sounds like a...Stomp clap stomp clap. Stomp. Stomp. Stomp....

You feel the thud in your heart as it radiates your veins filling the air with a continuous strength. I get this feeling when we are all together. Its warm comforting like you feel like you matter or belong to something real and bigger and better than comprehension. NFTY-OV is your family and we all count down the days to see each other as we ache for that warmth. There's something really rad about getting a bunch of Jews together in one big room to talk and laugh about things that matter. Our interactions are special and unique and each experience gives me purpose. When ever You feel alone or sad or something, close your eyes tight in safety and picture the sounds of Stomp Clap Stomp clap.....thud...thud...thud... warmth. thud thud thud....strength....thud thud thud... Connection. NFTY is connection.

In our big circles the hands we hold hold a thousand hands of strength and connection for the generations of the many Jews who feel that same light.

-Mallory Kraus ('15)

Photo - Fall Kallah
Fall Kallah (1 of 9)
News
Looking back at the past year, I am so happy to see that a lot of teens took advantage of what NFTY-OV had to offer. More is coming next year. Keep an eye out for it.
Upcoming Events
January 2015
01/30 - NFTY OV Study Kallah (Until 02/01)
March 2015
03/26 - NFTY OV Spring Kallah (Until 03/29)
April 2015
NASHIR: NFTY Songleading Institute
 Nashir is a great opportunity for aspiring songleaders!! Learn how to capture a group of your peers for an inspiring song session. If you are interested, go to  www.nfty.org/nashir   to find out more information. There is also scholarship funds available. Contact Cookie with any questions.
 

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