• Queer Representation the Superhero, not the Sidekick – Kol Isha Blog

    In 2018 the political climate is as intense as ever. It seems more and more issues regarding minority groups, pop up on different news outlets everyday. We as Americans are beginning to realize that representation matters. From movies like Black Panther, staring an all black cast, or Love, Simon, that follows the coming out story of a young gay man, we are in a new era of representation. That being said, there aren’t enough queer stories being told by queer people in mainstream media.


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  • Body Positivity – Kol Isha Project

    This year, as fellows in Kol Isha, NFTY NAR’s Teen Feminist Fellowship, we were given the opportunity to choose a topic that we feel passionate about and create a project about it. Our group chose the topic of Body Positivity because we feel that it is not only about accepting your physical appearance, but also accepting your personality, and that affects how you treat others. Although we live in a modern society, beauty standards are not diverse enough yet.


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  • Exploring Gender Socialization – Kol Isha Blog

    During my preparation for the Kol Isha “Gender Socialization and Inclusion” teach, I learned alot about why and how people are gendered in their work spaces, schools, families, and in the media. People are “gendered” based on their biological sex from a young age. For example, most parents already have clothing and a bedroom design set up to match a certain gender: pink or blue for girls or boys. However, this approach is inefficient and according to my group’s research, must be made more flexible to create a more inclusive society.


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  • Cabinet & Committee Applications for 2018-2019 are now OPEN!

    Excited to make your mark on NAR next year? Want to explore your passions, develop your leadership skills and create change? Interested in helping plan awesome events for other teens? We are excited to have YOU!


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  • NFTY NAR’s 2018-2019 Regional Event Calendar!

    As we say goodbye to our seniors and close out our program year, we are so exicted to share with you our plans for next year!


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  • Reflecting on My Gender Expression Journey Through a Jewish Feminist Lens – Kol Isha Blog

    When I was younger, I hated the color pink. With a passion. Wanting so badly to be a “tomboy,” I was turned off by most things “girly.” My favorite colors were blue and green. I would do everything I could to not have to wear dresses or skirts to formal events, and I owned nothing in pink, purple, or yellow.


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  • Periods are an Everyone Issue: Join us in ending period stigma once and for all

    It’s no question that there’s a period stigma in the Western world. We’ve grown up hearing phrases like “time of the month” and “Aunt Flow” as a substitute for “period”–a way to avoid using the term that we’ve been taught to see as dirty.


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  • Kol Isha: Gender Expression & Inclusion Exploration Survey

    For the past year, we have been a part of NFTY-NAR’s Feminism Fellowship; a program created through the Reform Judaism Movement. The fellowship is called Kol Isha, translating from hebrew to mean “the voice of a woman.” Throughout this fellowship, we have been exploring different topics of feminism and aspects of Judaism by teaching and learning from each other.


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  • Announcing NFTY NAR’s 2018-2019/5778-5779 Regional Board

    We are grateful to our entire community for their exciting involvement in this democratic process, and congratulate all of our candidates on their amazing runs! Our region is so lucky to have each and every one of you.


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  • Announcing NFTY New York Area Region Candidates for 2018-2019/5778-5779 Regional Board!

    We are thrilled to announce this year’s candidates for NFTY-NAR’s Regional Board! This year we have 12 excellent candidates running for positions on our Executive Board and Board of Directors. Please take some time to get to know our candidates by reading their bios and letters of intent, and if you have not yet, register to join us at Elections, Sunday, April 8th at The Reform Temple of Forest Hills.


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