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[28 Aug 2005|12:31pm]

[ mood | very chilled out ]

hey guys... tis me

i figured since i love NEL with a passion, and pretty much everyone who goes there, that i'd join this community thingy

theres not much to write right now... but.. .just wanted to say hey

love and peace

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Pass the Potato!! [20 Jun 2005|10:51am]


Hey everyone.  I found this link through my friend’s buddy info and started my own potato.  For those of you thinking, wait – she started a potato?  Yes, you heard me, I started my potato.  Now that I have bewildered you all, here is what I mean.  Go to this website http://www.passthepotato.com/passedpotato.php?potatoid=050610152021-430759 and fill in your zip code like it tells you to.  The goal of this is to see if the potato can visit all 50 states – with out getting tired (just kidding.  Obviously the potato is going to visit some of the states a lot, but that’s ok, just as long as the potato visits most of the states.  So please help me.


Peace out, and happy traveling my “Sweet Potato”.

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NEL RegBo '05-'06 [18 May 2005|06:06am]

[ mood | excited ]

Here is the full list... sent by Melissa Goldman.
I can't wait to work with all of you.


Regional President
Aaron Fenster - Rochester, Temple Sinai

Programming VP
Michael Steklof - Rochester, Temple Brith Kodesh

Social Action VP
Zoya Kolkin - Cleveland, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple

Religious & Cultural VP
Zach Newburgh - Oakville, ON, Shaarei Beth El Congregation

Membership VP
Shane Freedman - Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple

Communications VP
Carly Fox - Cleveland, Anshe Chesed Fairmount Temple


Camp Coordiantors
Doron Feldman - Thornhill, Temple Har Zion
Jessica Bentley - Ottawa, Temple Israel

Mitzvah Corps Liaisons
Carli Kadish - Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple
Sharon Dudek - Rochester, Temple Sinai

Roshei Tzion
Ashley Bowen - Rochester, Temple Brith Kodesh
Devon Spier - Mississauga, Solel Congregation
Ilan Mann - Toronto, Temple Emanuel

Debates Chair
Matt Steinfeld - Rochester, Temple Sinai

Ari Lyon-Wein - Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple
Jake Considine - Rochester, Temple Sinai
Jason Steklof - Rochester, Temple Brith Kodesh
Jeff Bornstein - Thornhill, Temple Kol Ami
Josh Sham - Rochester, Temple Brith Kodesh

Kalie Glick - Toronto, Holy Blossom Temple
Wendy Cohen - Pittsburgh, Temple Sinai

Newspaper Editors
Alex Rogers - Buffalo, Temple Beth Zion
Chelsea Shames - Mississauga, Solel Congregation
Heather Higgins - Buffalo, Temple Beth Zion
Lindsay Forman - Pittsburgh, Temple Sinai

Matt Ruth - Toronto, Temple Sinai

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Congrats! [16 May 2005|11:32pm]

[ mood | hungry ]

Congratulations to everyone on 2005-2006 regional board! Next year is gonna be great, and I'm so glad that I am going to be a part of it!

Love Jess

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[30 Apr 2005|11:32am]

[ mood | disappointed ]


Everyone who is a member, comment or even better, POST with a memory (more if you have them) about your first NFTY-NEL event.

Please, keep this thing alive!

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So i know you've all prolly seen this before... but I like it lots so i'm posting it here as well. [07 Apr 2005|12:01pm]

[ mood | excited ]

To be a NFTYite.
To know that a sore throat from singing your heart out is the greatest feeling in the world. To lose yourself in a community.
To find yourself within.
To share your soul with others.

To be a NFTYite.
To create countdowns to Convention, and when convention is over, countdowns to camp.
To have an AOL Buddy List that has more NFTYites than school friends.
To have school friends that just don't get it

To be a NFTYite.
To make better friends in three days than you've made in three years.
To fall in love.
To have someone break your heart.
To break someone else's.

To be a NFTYite.
To know that the words "and our youth shall see visions" are more than just a song.
To know that the words "gonna live and die for N-F-T-Y" are more than just a cheer.
To know that the word "goodbye" is merely a code for "see you later."

To be a NFTYite.
To understand that the worst disease in the world is NFTY withdrawal.
To understand that the most contagious virus in the world is Ruach.
To relish in both for as long as possible.

To be a NFTYite.
To look up to your regional leaders your freshman year.
To wonder why you're being looked up to your senior year.
To look back and realize how much you've grown.

To be a NFTYite.
To have opinions about everything, yet still possess an open mind.
To participate in discussions more challenging than anything you've ever encountered at school.
To know that, even though we disagree, we are still the best of friends.

To be a NFTYite.
To know that NFTY won't last forever.
To still cry when it finally ends.
To be surrounded by loved ones when the time comes to leave.

To be a NFTYite.
To understand the power of smiling at a stranger.
To know how powerful remembering someon'es name is.
To have been both smiled at and remembered by strangers.

To be a NFTYite.
To have been put in a situation where you have to choose between your last NFTY event and your senior prom.
To choose the NFTY event.
To forget about prom while you are there.

To be a NFTYite.
To sing Jewish music at the top of your lungs.
To know that is your school friends shaw you, they would roll over laughing.
To not care.

To be a NFTYite.
To struggle with what it means to be a Jew.
To wrestle with God and the Torah.
To understand that both struggling and wrestling are the highest Jewish virtues.

To be a NFTYite.
To understand that there is nothing better than a friendship circle on three hours of sleep (or none at all).
To say "This was the best weekend of my life" after every event.
To mean it every time. 


So I was wondering, does anyone have any ideas of things that would be like this that would relate only to nel? maybe neb note stuff, etc.

Much love, and...


who's coming?

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[28 Mar 2005|12:28pm]

[ mood | bored ]

This Community is definitely in need of some lovin, so that what I plan to do. Woot.

So who here is pumped for Spring, which is in 2 and a half weeks!!! I know I sure am, except I'm on the waiting list (tear) but I'm pretty sure that I'll get in.

Right so what else can I say.

Oh I'd just like to say that Hebrew music is so much cool than English music.

Well thats all I have to say for now. I tried.

love Jess

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[08 Mar 2005|03:07pm]

[ mood | bored ]

Hey Guys, Lindsay here... I realized that no one has posted in here in a while, so i decided to give it a whirl.

Also, I am going to wish all of you attending debates Good Luck. (I know that you can't ALL win everything, but at least make me proud!) I will hopefully see most of you at Spring.

I also have some news and a question:

News: I have finally completed my Meitav Essays. They will *hopefully* be sent to New York in the next two days. This is an enormous weight off my shoulders. I can now start to think about the possibility of running for boards this year. (I promised myself I wouldn't think about it until Meitav was done.) What do you think?

Question: does anyone have any solid information on Shabbat Across NEL? I mean, I know the date, but is there anything else? (ie. Theme, Programming Ideas, etc.)


ps. i am right now in the process of loading Hadag Nahash onto the school computers... soon Pitt CAPA will be taken over by the influx of Israeli Rap! *well... at least i can dream*

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I need you! [15 Feb 2005|10:20am]

[ mood | excited ]


Hannah here once again. I need your help. I'm putting together a book as my Bronfman Youth Fellowship community service project. My vision is that it will be a collage of you and what your connection is to judaism. Here's the website I put up yesterday for it, i apologize in advance for the typos, its still in the process of being edited. I would LOVE to have you all involved, and I'd love it even more if you could pass this on to members of your TYG etc. At the very least, take a look at the website. Thanks very much,

-Hannah :)


ps. If you'd be interesting in passing more information on, I'm working on a print-able flier you can hand out.

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[04 Feb 2005|02:57am]

hey guys;

i was wondering how you found song session at winter?
as you know, wendy and josh weren't there due to exams/family commitments so i just wanted to get your perspective on how things were with just me and ari.

much love and thanks,

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[26 Jan 2005|03:19pm]

[ mood | excited ]


who's excited? :-D :-D MEEEEEEEEEEEEE

if you aren't coming and if you live near toronto you'd better come see me after winter, too, cuz i'm venturing towards the arctic to visit you all. :)

if not winter, what's the next event everyone here is counting down to?

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[22 Jan 2005|08:44pm]

[ mood | sleepy ]

I don't really have anything to say, but I feel like this community is needing some loving. Anybody who has anything interstingl, or not interesting, I think that you should post it.

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yo yo yo! [30 Dec 2004|10:59pm]

[ mood | after NEL? Describable? no... ]

ok, so im kinda new with this live journal thing, and im exploring to try and figure everything out, so if anyone hase any pointers, amazing...

well, i bet you all know me, i was in this group before under hanginaround247, but i never updated that journal, so now im toocooljew247, and i have put 2 , yeah 2, entries in it sucessfully. i had a very hard time figuring out how to join this group though and i believe i did it right...

im ashley, as you probably already know, and im from rochester, and im supper cool. and i love you all and i got back from sicha today, so im kinda tired and probably dont make very much sense, so maybe im goona go to bed... its 11. and ill talk to this group of homies more tomorrow!

hanna richman, i love you!! sicha was so much fun... you all know i love you too!! :-P


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Pray for 80,000 people killed/injured in Asia from the earthquake/tsunami crisis [29 Dec 2004|09:41pm]

[ mood | shocked ]

Glorified and sanctified be God's great name throughout the world which He has created according to His will. May He establish His kingdom in your lifetime and during your days, and within the life of the entire House of Israel, speedily and soon; and say, Amen.

May His great name be blessed forever and to all eternity.

Blessed and praised, glorified and exalted, extolled and honored, adored and lauded be the name of the Holy One, blessed be He, beyond all the blessings and hymns, praises and consolations that are ever spoken in the world; and say, Amen.

May there be abundant peace from heaven, and life, for us
and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

He who creates peace in His celestial heights, may He create peace for us and for all Israel; and say, Amen.

Mi Sheberach avoteinu
mekor habrakha l’imoteinu
May the Source of strength
Who blessed the ones before us
Help us find the courage
To make our lives a blessing,
And let us say: Amen.

Mi Sheberach imoteinu
mekor habrakha l’avoteinu
Bless those in need of healing with refuah shleima:
The renewal of body,
The renewal of spirit,
And let us say: Amen

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Hey [18 Dec 2004|10:11pm]

[ mood | content ]

Hey guys,
Hows everybody doing?
I'm pretty good, school ended yesterday which makes me sooper happy because school is smelly. I hope everybody had a good Hanukkah.
whats everybody doing for the break?
I'm going to Toronto for New Years and it's gonna be lots of fun :)
I had something else that I was gonna say, but now i totally forget, so it probably wasn't very important.
thats all i have to say for now.
Love Jess

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so i posted this on my LJ, but i thought it was apropriate for the nel community too... [13 Dec 2004|11:35pm]

[ mood | hopeful ]

*nel note* what do you guys think of hannukah? or jews celebrating christmas? or holidays in general?

so i've been thinking about how awesome hannukah is. its such a chill jewish holiday. think about it. there's no fasting or foods you can't eat. in fact, you're suposed to eat comfort foods like jelly doughnuts and fried potatoe pancakes. You light candles, and candles are one of the most relaxing things ever (unless they burn your house down, which i've seen nearly happen a couple times at hannukah.. oops) You're suposed to play games and eat chocolate (even though yeah I know gelt is usually about 50 years old and stale) and then there's gifts. Everyone loves gifts. Chanukah parties are everywhere. I've been to about 3 or 4 so far this year alone. Nothing's better than sitting around making hannukah cards while watching family man.

I think to me the meaning of hannukah is that the Jews didn't assimilate and lose their culture. In some ways that seems contrary to how much Hannukah has been infected by christmas, but done right, I think it makes it all the more apropriate. Its there, side by side with christmas, and yet the jews are doing their own thing. they're still there with their menorahs in the window, not afraid to show that they're different.

In pittsburgh one of the yeshiva schools did a project where they made huge menorahs out of PVC pipes and electric lightbulbs. The menorahs are then attached on to car roofs. Every time i'm in squirrel hill, i see at least one of these "hannukah mobiles". and I love it. Its like because hannukah is so well known, its a time where we can show our jewish pride. Hannukah makes christmas bearable.

I know hannukah isn't suposed to be a huge holiday. but i like that aspect of it. its relaxing and rejuvenating. I'm really kind of sad that tomorrow's the last night, because I know I'll miss it.

Hag Sameach!

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Festival of lights [07 Dec 2004|03:30pm]

Happy Chanukah
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Unbelievably freaky. [06 Dec 2004|08:17pm]


This is crossposted to weasel_seekermy LJ, but I figured it would be of interest here, or at least the first paragraph, since the last is all my own opinion. I read about the following yesterday, and couldn't help commenting on it:

On a far more disturbing note, almost 50% of the citizens of the U.K. have never heard of Auschwitz. We are approaching the 60th anniversary of the end of WWII, a mere 6 decades after 3,000,000 human lives were brutally extinguished there, and yet, in the only European country that remained free over the course of the entire war, half of the population is unaware of the largest centre used to coordinate a mass genocide.

Scary, isn't it? How can we change the world for the better if we forget the mistakes and atrocities of the past? Never again? Yeah, right. Tell that to the people in Darfur and Rwanda and anywhere else where we just couldn't be bothered to SAVE PEOPLE'S LIVES. After all, you can't put a price on human life, which I guess means that there's no incentive to save them. "What's in it for us?" is the mantra of the new millennium.

Anyway, that's my rant. Let me know what you think. 


ETA: If the tone in the last bit of this seems a bit harsh, it's because this is the end of a much larger, broader rant against what we consider important in our society today. Just to clarify.
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[06 Dec 2004|10:47am]

[ mood | cheerful ]

First off I'd like to say welcome to our new members who seem to be newish to LJ as well as our loverly little community.

Second, i thought a nice random question would be, What is your favorite part of of NEL? Song session? the people? No sleep? Then, what is your absolute favorite NEL memory. these can be pretty random. I don't think i can nail myself down to just one but I'm gonna say...

a) my favorite part of NEL is probably a combination of song sessions (YAY DEVON) services (YAY DEVON) my never ending nel coldness (YAY JESS!) and hugs. (YAY ALL OF NEL!)

b) My favorite nel memory would be.. okay top 3: dancing like madd at spring boards 04, NEL camp limud with the torah scroll (which basically made me decide I want to be a Rabbi) and the whole program 15 copies fiasco at fall kallah (haha sabrina knows what i'm talking abut...)

Consider this a continuation of the NFTY_NEL mixers :-D Always remember folks, LIFE IS GOOD. so enjoy all the ordinary splendor of a day.

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