• NFTY and Bright Star Church: #BetterTogether

    This year, NFTY Chicago began a partnership with Bright Star Church, a predominately African American church from Bronzeville, on the south side of Chicago, which also engage their youth in social justice and gun violence prevention work. We planned on having a combined program at our spring event, Kolbo.


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  • Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Addresses NFTY Chicago

      On April 9th at our Leadership Training Institute, we were joined by US Congresswoman and Beth Emet member Jan Schakowsky. She shared what inspired her leadership, what roots her passion for making change in Judaism, and took the time to answer questions from NFTYites on everything from the current presidential election to gun violence


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  • Love Letters to NFTY

    The only bad thing about NFTY is that eventually…you graduate. Mitch Cohen’s Video Love Letter to NFTY Check out our end of year newsletter, The Gesh, for photos from our year together and Senior Wills.


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  • NFTY Chicago Middle School Survey

    Over the last few years, NFTY Chicago has been working hard to make our middle school programming the best that it can be to ensure involvement and engagement for Jewish pre-teens in the entire Chicago area. In order to get into the minds of our participants, over the last few weeks a survey was sent


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  • LTI Speakers and Teachers

    Keynote Speaker Congresswoman Jan Schakowsky Jan Schakowsky has been a lifelong consumer advocate and a champion for, what she sees as, the disappearing middle class. From her days as a young housewife who led the campaign to put expiration dates on food products to the 2008 passage of legislation she helped write making children’s products


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  • We’ll See YOU in the Windy City! #NFTYConvention 2017

    NFTY Convention is a one of a kind experience – bringing together more than 1,000 Reform Jewish teens from across North America. Come join us and be part of something bigger (it’s NFTY’s biggest event!), experience shaping a Movement, and have a great time.


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  • NFTY Chicago and OSRUI Middle School Folk Night!

    Are you a Jewish 6th-8th grader who loves OSRUI or NFTY Chicago? Well, you’re about to be one. Join us Saturday, March 12th from 7:00-9:30pm at North Shore Congregation Israel (1185 Sheridan Road in Glencoe) for s’mores and a campfire, Saturday Night Folk Night, and Havdallah led by Nashir High School Musicians….and the whole thing is free! Questions? Email NFTY


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  • NFTY678 – Come Live Your Story

    by Daniel Jenks, NFTY678 Fellow, NFTY Chicago   On a sunny day in September, as I was driving up I-94 toward Northfield from my home in Oak Park, I reached into a paper bag on my passenger seat. I had stopped to get a bagel with lox and a knish from a local deli. You


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  • Why NFTY is Wearing Orange on June 2

    Unfortunately, gun violence enters our lives when we least expect it. As a movement based off the principle of tzedek, or justice, it is not enough for us to only recognize what is happening.


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  • My Legs Were Praying

    That is entrenched racism. That is privilege. That is why I walked and thought and prayed my way from Selma to Montgomery; it’s not enough for only my teens to be safe. Emma Lazarus wrote, “until we are all free, we are none of us free.”


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