• URJ Summer Program: What I Learned on Mitzvah Corps

    Most Jewish people have the opportunity to go to Israel at least once in their life. Only a fraction of these people experience Israel the way I had the chance to this summer. On Mitzvah Corps Israel, we saw more than the average tour. We had challenging discussions, met people from countries I did not even know existed, and saw the “hidden gems” of the country.


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  • URJ Summer Program Experience: What I Learned at the Kutz Camp

    I went into this summer not knowing how it would be. I was nervous that I would not have as much fun as I had in previous summers at URJ Camp Harlam and way back in the day URJ Camp Kalsman. I was freaking out in the week or so before the session began because I did not know what to pack and I was about to go on an airplane for the first time.


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  • URJ Summer Program: What I Learned on Mitzvah Corps

    These wise words of Brock from Nola Green Roots has stuck with me ever since I stepped out of Wise Words garden. This past summer, I had the opportunity to go to New Orleans with the URJ Mitzvah Corps program. While there, we worked with 4 organizations: Global Green, cleaning out storm drains; Arc, organizing Mardi Gras beads; Youth Rebuilding New Orleans, working on building houses with local teens; and Nola Green Roots, taking apart a garden so it could be relocated.


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  • URJ Summer Program Experience: What I Learned at the Kutz Camp

    I spent this summer at the URJ Kutz Camp in Warwick, New York in the Social Action Major. While there, we take a trip to New York City. When it was finally time to go, my teacher, Avra, announced our trip day activity would be feeding the elderly at a community center. I was disappointed. Other majors were going to have fun, but I was stuck feeding the elderly! I couldn’t think of one good result.


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  • Ha(M)aretz Is Here!

    Hey NFTY-MAR! Here is the first issue for the 2016-2017 publication year of Ha(M)aretz. The Israeli Education Chairs and the regional board have been hard at work to write, edit, and produce this newsletter, and plan to continue a publication every month. While this issue of Ha(M)aretz does not reflect the social, political, and economic dynamics of


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  • An Opportunity to LEAD Spiritually!

    Have you ever sat through a NFTY service and watched your friends being called up to chant Torah, give an original D’var Torah, lead a song, or read a quote, and thought to yourself, “How can I do that?”


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  • Why LEAD?

    LEAD. Leadership Exploration and Development. We’ve renamed MAR’s first event of the year and we want to explain why.


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    Leadership Exploration and Development (LEAD)!

    LEAD, which stands for Leadership Exploration and Development, will Regional Board 2016-2017be September 16th-18th at Capital Camps. Formerly known as JELLO, LEAD aims to empower and provide MARites with the skills to be successful leaders in this upcoming year.


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  • Truth About Why I’m Absolutely Ready to Return to #Kutz16!

    Written by Sydney Chiat, a sophomore from Northern Virginia Hebrew Congregation. Sydney will be a Kutz Fellow this summer!  Interested in attending #Kutz16? Scholarships are still available! ——— Kehilah Kedosha, holy community. One month of the immense feeling of Kehilah Kedosha. One month of friends, of learning, but most importantly- Judaism. Kutz is the summer


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  • Spring Kallah D’Var Torah: Metzora

    The D’var Torah below was written by Joe Lichtenstein (Temple Emanuel, Roanoke, Virginia), a freshman in NFTY-MAR. —————— On the first day of kindergarten, a day full of terror and fright, my bus driver told me that he liked my shoes. Parsha Metzora is written with unbelievable detail. It is full of specific instructions which


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