• My Son Discovered His Jewish Identity at NFTY

    My 14-year-old son Nathan came home from NFTY Chicago Area Region (CAR)’s Junior youth-group retreat with Congregation Beth Am at OSRUI on Sunday and uncharacteristically, asked me if I would be home for dinner that night. I had been working all day, and I had the JUF event that evening. I told him I’d be


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  • Meet the Candidates for the NFTY-CAR Regional Board

    NFTY CAR is governed by a board of teen leaders who are selected to serve a one-year term. We are excited to introduce the candidates for the 2019-2020 Regional Board! Elections will be on March 31st from 3:00 – 8:00 PM at Beth Tikvah. They are open to 8th-12th graders.


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  • Why We Loved NFTYpalooza 2018!

    Shalom NFTY-CAR! On September 3rd we had our annual kickoff event.  This year’s theme was NFTYpalooza. Some highlights included: inflatables (like a jousting arena and human hungry hungry hippo), R & B City DJ, and live music from Six on Friday, our favorite local band.  It was a fun way to start off the new year, see all of our friends, and connect high schoolers in NFTY with teens from NFTY678, our middles school program.


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  • The Power of We

    In response to the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shooting, communities across the country have come together to help protect our schools and our students. What makes this gun violence prevention movement different from groups in the past is that it is lead by teenagers.


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  • Speaking Up for Those Who May Not be Able To

    In January I attended L’Taken, a four-day social justice seminar run by the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism that ends with lobbying on Capitol Hill. Two of my friends and I decided to lobby for immigration reform, more specifically the DREAM Act of 2017, because we knew that we had the opportunity here to speak up for those that couldn’t do it themselves. We also wanted to show our support for such an important issue that impacted so many people across our country. 


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  • Kolbo Round Up

    We’re excited to share resources and downloads from our incredible last event of 2018. Check back for updates!


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  • Shehecheyanu: A Thank You to My NFTY Giant

    As my time working for NFTY Chicago comes to a close this weekend, I can’t help but think of the people and places that brought me here. While we say the Shehecheyanu to praise God in moments of joy, I wish there was a prayer to praise the people that sustained me and helped to give me this life, and this NFTY community.


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  • Finding Your Passion: Resources from Fall Kallah

    Pluralism is the belief that there is truth and value in other religions and philosophies. Pluralistic Judaism is based on the Jewish concept of “Tarbut HaMachloket,” which, in Hebrew, means “freedom of thinking and speech.”


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  • 7 Incredible Opportunities For You and Your NFTY Friends

    Registration is open for Summer 2018 and more! From two new specialty summer camps, to leadership and social justice opportunities, to Israel and beyond. Visit urjyouth.org for your road map to adventure! 


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  • Where do we go from here?

    This year our regional leaders have really stepped up our social justice game. Some of the topics we’ve covered this year include:


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