Fighting Injustice at NFTY Convention
This Blog was originally posted on the NFTY Convention Live website.
There are many wonderful parts about being a Legislative Assistant at the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism, but working with teenagers through NFTY and through the L'taken program provides me with so much inspiration. Watching the NFTY Asefah business meeting, I was able to see the passion and the comment that each of those NFTYites brought to the room. These NFTYites, as they discussed, debated, and voted understood that NFTY is a part of something bigger and that they, representing the youth of the Reform movement, bring a unique voice to the conversation that is occurring around these challenging issues.
It is amazing to watch the growth of these individuals as they learn about issues facing our world and in turn becoming the teachers, the motivators, and the movers. Whether it is fighting for injustice in far off places like the conflict minerals from the Democratic Republic of Congo or fighting for injustice much closer to home through preventing bullying in school, these NFTYites are taking a stand and working to make this world a better place, fulfilling the idea of Tikkun Olam, repairing the world.
In addition, as much as I love the social action that goes on at NFTY Convention, I can't deny I also enjoy a great Shabbat t'fillah (services) and a great shira (song session) on Friday night and I was not disappointed. I look forward to the rest of NFTY Convention and to continue to be inspired by the future leaders of our world.