NFTY-CAR Winter Kallah

Friday January 12 - Monday, January 15, 2018
Chicago, IL

  • Participate in meaningful social action opportunities
  • Wrestle with hot topics and challenge your assumptions during interactive teen-led programs
  • Learn valuable skills that will help you build your resume and take on a leadership role at your schools, congregations, and communities
  • Learn leadership skills for NFTY and beyond
  • Experience a writing workshop from Kevin Coval of Young Chicago Authors, and Louder Then A Bomb poetry slam competition. Everyone will also get a copy of his latest book!


This event is home hosted, meaning families from the Beth Tikvah community will open their homes to our NFTY teens for sleepovers of small groups of high schoolers. Teens will have room to roll out sleeping bags, access to bathrooms and showers, and breakfast and transportation provided by our wonderful host families. 

Finals & Attendance

We understand that some high schools have finals the week after Winter Kallah. We value school and learning, and if you need to go home at the end of Sunday night or first thing Monday morning in order to have time to sleep and study, please be in touch with NFTY Chicago Director Logan Zinman Gerber, so we can keep track of when each teen is leaving. 

Focus Group Opportunity

The Norton & Elaine Sarnoff Center for Jewish Genetics is a resource for education on recessive genetic disorders and hereditary cancers. The Sarnoff Center is holding a focus group at NFTY Winter Kallah during a meal to hear from teens. Participation is optional. A NFTY alum who works for the Sarnoff Center will be asking teens about how they access health information, what they know about genetics— Jewish genetics topics in particular—and how they think the center can best reach young adults with this health information.

If your teen would like to participate, please fill out the NFTY Parental Consent for Focus Group Participation, which also includes additional information about the community needs assessment and the focus group at Winter Kallah. You can contact Becca Bakal at or 312-357-4717 if you have any questions. Teens can email Becca the form in advance or bring a hard copy with them to Winter Kallah. 

Early Bird: $200.00 USD
Register by Wednesday, Nov. 29, 2017

Regular: $225.00 USD
Register by Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017

Space Available: $250.00 USD
Register after Wednesday, Dec. 20, 2017
(must be approved by regional director)

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 9 to 12.

  • Meals included in the cost of the event.
  • Registration will be accepted after Dec. 20, 2017 on a space-available basis.
  • Teens are expected to participate in the entire event. Fees are set at a full package rate and unfortunately we cannot prorate registration.
  • All fees are in US Dollars

Please note that participants may not drive themselves or others to, from, or during NFTY weekend regional events. Driving must be done by an adult 21+. No bus transportation will be provided for this local Chicagoland event, but the NFTY Regional Staff is happy to connect you with carpools in your area if you email us at

Please leave valuables at home. Do not bring jewelry, electronic devices or large amounts of cash. Each participant is responsible for their belongings.

Participants will receive an e-mail confirmation 1-2 weeks before the event. This confirmation will include important information regarding the event and finalized bus timing.

If you need to cancel, the registration fees you paid will be refunded as follows:

Through December 14, 2017 – 90%
Through December 21, 2017 – 75%
Through December 28, 2017 – 50%

After December 28, 2017 we will not be able to issue any refunds for cancellation. If you have a documented medical emergency and must cancel after December 28, 2017 you will be refunded 75% of the registration fees you paid. Please note that we cannot offer credits in exchange of refunds.

All cancellation must be in writing. We will accept cancellations by email to We’re sorry, but we cannot accept cancellations over the phone. Please allow up to six weeks after the conclusion of the event for your refund to be processed.