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NFTY Convention was a weekend full of fun, laughter, and new memories. We formed friendships, we built community, and we were all inspired to lead. Perhaps most importantly, though, we sparked change in our Movement.
During Asefah (business meeting), Ben Haberman and I presented legislation to guide NFTY in taking another step forward in our march toward inclusivity. Our summers at our respective URJ camps (Camp Newman for Ben and Kutz Camp for myself) opened our eyes to how we can take simple steps to make our kehillah kedosha (holy community) better for everyone.
Originally, we presented this legislation to our region, NFTY SOCAL, with the intention of making our local community more accessible to participants of all abilities on the basis of NFTY’s 13 Principles. We wanted to start the process of removing barriers within our region in so that everyone can experience the fun and magic of NFTY. We soon realized that this idea would benefit NFTY on a North American level, and would help us include even more people.
The Resolution to Increase Accessibility for Participants highlights the small yet important ways NFTY can improve its accessibility for three different groups of people:
The NFTY General Board unanimously passed this resolution, which is a huge step toward making NFTY even more welcoming and inclusive, and allowing all of our participants to thrive. Between the changes we’re making on a North American level and the changes we’re making our regions and TYGs, our small actions can grow to make a monumental difference.
Read the text of NFTY's Resolution to Increase Accessibility for Participants to learn more.