NFTY is a community for Reform Jewish high school students. Participants build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming.
All programs, from educational to social, provide an environment for teens to interact in a positive environment. The focus of a NFTY weekend retreat is often based on an educational theme such as leadership, b'tzelem Elohim (in the image of God), tikkun olam (repairing the word), the Prophets and much more. Throughout the weekend there will be three or four programs that center around these themes. Unlike a traditional learning setting, these informal educational programs combine the needs of many different learning styles through activities such as creative games, skits, art projects, and deep discussions which last far beyond the allotted time of the programs.
In addition to the educational programs, there are always mixers at the beginning of events to help integrate new NFTYites into the community. These programs help break the ice and get people laughing, talking, and forming friendships from the moment that the participants arrive.
NFTY programs offer a great way for your teen to grow and develop their Jewish identity. Participants look forward to the opportunity to learn about Judaism outside of the classroom and have great discussions with their peers. From generation to generation we watch as new Jewish leaders pass through NFTY—transforming their Jewish identities and developing a lifelong commitment to their Jewish education.