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We just wrapped up an incredible NFTY Convention in Dallas with 1,000 teen leaders, college students, Jewish educators, alumni, and other dedicated supporters.
NFTY Convention is known to shape the future of the Reform Movement, and it did just that. From introducing new Jewish music to mobilizing thousands for gun violence prevention; immersing in innovative learning and building practical skills for youth engagement – every minute was filled with glimpses of the bright Jewish future these young leaders will build.
During the closing plenary, I shared these words:
“NFTY, you summon the best of one another. And seeing your energy and excitement inspires me…You’ve shown us what happens when teens show up. You are part of a global movement, one that you shape every day with your vision, values, and voices. And when you lead, the Reform Movement follows.”
And now, it is time for our Movement to show up, too. Here’s a look at what our teens and youth professionals experienced, and how you can be part of shaping what comes next.
NFTY Convention is a place that actively encourages our youth to see themselves as leaders of our Movement. But it is not the only place. This work happens in your congregation and at URJ camps; on Israel buses and around the Shabbat dinner table. And it continues this summer, too. Invite your teens to deepen what started at NFTY Convention by joining a URJ teen summer program. Nominate them and we’ll be in touch >
Together as a movement, we will ensure that each young person – and all their adult partners – can maximize their potential and create a more whole, just, and compassionate world.