What is NFTY?
For over seventy years, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live Reform Judaism.
Today, over 500 Reform congregations throughout North America sponsor Temple Youth Groups (TYG), bringing the NFTY experience to more than 6,000 high school-age young people in grades 9 thru 12. Through involvement opportunities offered by congregations, our 19 NFTY regions, and on the North American level, NFTYites strive to forge an identity in consonance with the goals and values of Reform Judaism.
Whether functioning as an organization, program, or youth movement, NFTY is a Reform Jewish community for high school students. NFTYites forge and build friendships, lifelong Reform Jewish identities, and leadership skills through community building, worship, social action, and experiential youth-led Jewish educational programming. Many NFTYites serve as NFTY leaders on the local TYG, regional, and even North American levels. Many NFTY Leaders continue on to become both lay and professional leaders of the Reform Jewish Movement.
What makes NFTY NFTY?
NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.
How do I Become Involved in NFTY?
NFTY’s heart and soul is the local URJ synagogue Temple Youth Group (TYG). While each of our 28 local TYGs differs in organization, focus, size, and character, the Temple Youth Group is the outlet for the highly engaged Reform Jewish teenager in a URJ Synagogue. While some TYG’s only meet 5 times a year for social programs, many TYG’s meet over 20 times each school year and offer a full variety of social, leadership, educational, and social action programs.
TYG’s are linked together by geographic region into NFTY’s 19 regions. Each NFTY Region is somewhat unique in character, program, and traditions. NFTY-TOR runs leadership training for local TYG’s, as well as a series of camp, and home-hospitality based conclaves that focus on Jewish themes, building community, worship, and social action for general NFTY Membership. If you live in the Texas or Oklahoma region, you will be a member of NFTY-TOR.
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October 2-3, 2015: NFTY-TOR SAFTY Lock-in(Austin)
Developing the next generation of leaders is a big part of what SAFTY (San Antonio Federation of Temple Youth) and NFTY-TOR stands for, and with Conclaves in San Antonio and Austin fast approaching we want to get everyone ready to be a part of the biggest events in Central Texas this year! Join us for SAFTY’s annual Sukkot lock-in, where we will eat, have fun, play all-temple-games, and learn a little more about being a Temple Youth Group leader through workshops created by teens. Join us for this awesome sub-regional lock-in!
Learn more and register now!