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Da lifnei mi atah omed  –  דע לפני מי אתה עומד

Know before whom you stand.
(Talmud B’rachot 28b)

We believe a community organizing model is the best way to grow our youth movement.  Instead of one person starting with an idea and writing a program, a community organizing model brings people together first, and asks curious questions – What do you do outside of school? What’s bugging you about our community? When do you feel spiritual, and why? And after we all get to answer from our own points of view, we see what we have in common, and all five, or ten, or twenty of us can create something together. It’s not just planning great programs and hoping people show up or buy the merch we make – it’s designing it all together; everyone having a stake in what we create. It’s allowing our creative, collective vision to drive us in directions we have never gone before, and working to fill the room because we’re all so excited about what we built when we started with questions instead of answers. 

Fnd information about Training Opportunities, North American Teen Cohorts, and Fellowships below!

Training Opportunities 

Teens and adults need the same skills to grow our youth groups and communities into fun, inclusive, radical movements that set the direction of Reform Judaism and have the power to change the world. These sessions are available to anyone: high schoolers, synagogue professionals, alumni – you name it. You’ll see that some sessions are designed for just one of those groups, and others are open to everyone, with a breakout where we’ll think about how to apply them to our different communities based on our roles. Check back soon to see what’s coming up!

Story Telling

How can I share my voice and get others to listen?

Register for Tuesday, December 6th @ 8:30 PM EST >

Power

How can I change or fix something that’s broken?

Register for Tuesday, December 13th @ 8:00 PM EST >

The Art of Gathering

How can I change or fix something that’s broken? How do I make sure that when I bring my community together, it is purposeful, intentional, and the right people are in the room?

Register for Sunday, December 11th @ 3:00 EST >

House Meetings

How can I bring people together to build relationships and work towards taking action?

Register for Thursday, December 8th @ 8:30 PM EST >

One on one

How can I get to know my friends and new people better, and get them to build a movement with me? Whose voices in my community have gone unheard, and how can I make sure they have a place in our movement?

Register for Tuesday, December 20th @ 8:30 PM EST >

REDI Trainings

What does it mean to build an inclusive community, why should I do it, and how do I do it?

More dates coming in 2023!

Organizer’s Math, Turnout, and Accountability

How do I get people to show up when I plan something?

Register for Monday, December 5th @ 8:30 PM EST >

GRassRoots Fundraising

How can I fundraise to make my vision come alive?

Register for Thursday, December 15th @ 9:00 PM EST  >

Join a North American Teen Cohort

Cohorts are an opportunity for teens across North America to learn and grow together in affinity groups led by the NFTY North American Board. Cohort topics include Engagement & Inclusion, Activism, Religion & Culture, Development: Fundraising, Financing, & Growth, and Leadership.

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Engagement & Inclusion with Cameron Samuels

Join the Engagement & Inclusion cohort to learn how to best engage your peers, build inclusive and affirming communities, and make meaning of the Reform Jewish Youth Movement. What do teens want from our movement? How can teens become self-interested in leadership? What can we do as leaders to build NFTY better for future generations? We will answer all these questions and expand our leadership throughout our time together in this cohort. And the best part is that this cohort is led by you! In between regional events, at each of our monthly meetings, we will experientially learn from each other and grow as leaders. Let’s engage!

Religion & Culture with Simon Warner

Explore the value of religious and cultural leadership from the realms of moving services to Reform Jewish values in everyday life to Israel and its state in the world!

Leadership Noa Apple

The Leadership/President Cohort will be for all of NFTY’s regional presidents and anyone interested in developing their leadership skills. This cohort will focus on keeping all presidents in the loop while also working on skills pertaining to leadership in and out of specific roles. These skills include networking, meeting facilitation, delegation, and personal wellness.

Activism with Daniella Abbott

Join the Activism cohort if you are interested in learning more about social justice! The cohort will primarily be held as an educational platform for various activism, and is best for folks that want to gain a better understanding of the SAVP position, the RAC, social action as a whole, and any specific social justice topics the cohort is interested in.

Development: Fundraising, Financing, & Growth with Evan Jaffe

Join the NFTY Development Vice President and other North American leaders like yourself in the Development Cohort focusing on fundraising, financing, and growth. We will dive deeper into how you can become a part of, and start your own, conversations regarding your region’s future. Some skills we will cover include grassroots fundraising, budgeting, alumni engagement, event planning, and synagogue partner communication.

Intensive Leadership Learning & Fellowships 

Teens and adults need the same skills to grow our youth groups and communities into fun, inclusive, radical movements that set the direction of Reform Judaism and have the power to change the world. These sessions are available to anyone: high schoolers, synagogue professionals, alumni – you name it. You’ll see that some sessions are designed for just one of those groups, and others are open to everyone, with a breakout where we’ll think about how to apply them to our different communities based on our roles. Check back soon to see what’s coming up!

Teen Justice Fellowship

Have you ever wondered how social movements happen? How to get people to show up for a youth group event, rally, or protest? How to get people to listen to you? Community organizing is the answer to those questions and so many others, and we’ve built out a whole virtual Fellowship for high schoolers to learn to organize! This semester, we will explore community organizing and social justice through the lens of mental health.

Through our fellowship, high schoolers connect with other social justice leaders from across the country and learn lifelong skills applicable to any issue you are passionate about. Our fellowships value experiential learning, moving beyond theory and Zoom training into action. Each fellowship culminates in teens designing and implementing an organizing project in your home communities.

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Israel Fellowship

More information coming soon!

Teen Songleader Fellowship

The URJ & NFTY are excited to partner with Sing Unto God to offer this exciting teen songleader fellowship! More than perhaps anything else in the Jewish world, singing has the power to bring our community together in prayer, celebration, and action. The Sing Unto God Teen Songleader Fellowship invites young Jewish songleaders to develop their skills, deepen their knowledge of repertoire and communal singing technique, and build meaningful leadership and relationship opportunities in their congregations, camps, and communities.

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