NFTY belongs to all of us. It is collectively created and maintained by synagogue leaders, URJ staff, teens and alumni. In this moment of change, we need your partnership to help NFTY evolve so that it can continue to serve you and your community in profound and impactful ways.
Under the leadership of our Core Team, the co-creation process will have three stages:
- Informational Webinars
We are starting off the process this month with webinars where we will discuss the change in the NFTY infrastructure, what programming is in place, and next steps.
- Think Tank Conversations
Beginning in June, and running through August, we invite you to create with us. We will hold small group conversations where we will brainstorm, share ideas, and explore approaches to programming and organization. By the end of the summer, we will have a roadmap for structures, programs, and models to pilot in September 2020.
- Piloting New Ideas
In September, we will begin piloting the new approaches and programs that come out of the Think Tank Conversations happening this summer. New pieces will be rolled out throughout the 2020-2021 programming year. There will be opportunities to gather during this phase to share learnings and reflections.
NFTY Information Webinar
Caring for Ourselves
In this moment of change, we turn to each other and our Jewish tradition. We know that our unity is our strength, and our collective resilience will help us through this difficult time. Here are some resources to help you and those you care about as we face new challenges:
Be Part of the Conversation
Stay tuned in early June for details on Think Tank conversations, which will be posted here and emailed to anyone who joins on of the Informational Webinars.
Our upcoming informational webinars will walk you through the changes in NFTY's staffing structure and their impact on your NFTY experiences. Each webinar will be tailored to a specific audience so that you're getting the information that matters most to you. No matter which webinar you're on, you'll get an introduction to the co-creation process that will shape the future of NFTY.
If you're not able to make these times, sign up to be notified of future opportunities >
In order to ensure that there's room for everyone who wants to join a call, we ask that you register for one webinar per household.
The best way to understand the changes in NFTY is to join us on a webinar where you can hear the details, and have an opportunity to ask questions. These FAQ’s are provided to give you some general information.
Do you have questions you would like answered? Please share them here so we can add them to the FAQ’s.
The NFTY Core Team is leading the co-creation process that will bring NFTY into the future:
Michelle Shapiro Abraham
RJE - URJ Director of Learning & Innovation, Youth
Director of NFTY Engagement
Emily Messinger, RJE, Rabbi Andrew Terkel, Naomi Looper, Jackie Kleinstein
NFTY Area Managers
2019-2020 NFTY President
The 2019-2020 NFTY North American Board
2020-2021 NFTY President
The 2020-2021 NFTY North American Board
Shelley Nicely Groff
URJ Board Member, Youth
Cantor Rebecca Robins
Temple Sinai Washington, DC
URJ Board Member
Director of Youth Engagement, Temple Sinai of Roslyn (Roslyn, NY)
Rabbi Paul Kipnes
Rabbi, Congregation Or Ami (Calabasas, CA)
Rabbi Todd Markley
Rabbi, Temple Beth Shalom (Needham, MA)
Director of Youth Education & Program, Shir Tikvah (Minneapolis, MN)
2011-2012 NFTY President
Dr. Kathy Schwartz, RJE
President, The Association for Reform Jewish Educators
Educator, Congregation Har Hashem (Boulder, CO)
2012-2013 NFTY President