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2014-2015 NFTY Study Theme

“Am Yisrael v'HaShem”- The People Israel and God: NFTY Wrestles with God

At every Convention or Veida Asefah, NFTY selects a topic with foundations in Jewish text and tradition to explore as a movement. The Study Theme is proposed as a resolution, and voted on by the General Board. NFTYites are encouraged to examine and think critically about the Study Theme through the lens of Reform Judaism. Through programming, discussion and awareness, the Study Theme promotes Jewish moral values and understanding.

The Study Theme “Am Yisrael v’HaShem- The People Israel and God: NFTY Wrestles with God” invites NFTYites to grapple with their own interpretation of G-d. This Study Theme will encourage participants to explore their personal definition of God, and to develop their belief, or lack thereof, in G-d. Participants will have the opportunity to broaden their perspectives on the ways God can exist, and explore G-d’s role in the Torah and in Jewish tradition. Participants will explore their beliefs through a pluralistic mindset in which it is understood that there is no definitive answer to our questions. This theme promotes individualistic investigation of God’s role in our everyday lives, and prompts participants to question how we, as Reform Jews, interact with G-d. This theme provides a unique opportunity to combine spirituality and programming on an individual and communal level, and to promote dialogue on the topic of God among NFTYites.

NFTY Study Theme Resources
A website devoted to teaching all-things Jewish. Great resource for Holidays, prayer, and even recipes.
Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism
North American Federation of Temple Youth website
A project to increase awareness, tolerance and understanding of religions in America.
A great article by a high school Senior who touts the importance of Pluralism the Jewish community.
Additional Study Theme Resources
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Social and legal advocacy on behalf of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism.
"The international umbrella organization of the Reform, Liberal, Progressive and Reconstructionist movements, serving 1,200 congregations with 1.8 million members in more than 45 countries."
A project set forth by Brandeis University to better understand what Pluralism really means.
An endorsement of Pluralism by the 55th General Assembly of the URJ, circa 1979

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