THANK YOU FOR BUILDING THE REFORM YOUTH MOVEMENT WITH US!
NFTYx is the local level of NFTY & are events created by synagogue leaders, local teen leaders, regional boards & regional mentors for the full region or a few communities.
The “x” signifies an unknown variable, the notion of collaboration among users, and its exponential impact. The unknown variable is teen leaders, alumni, clergy, youth professionals, parents, anyone who wants to plan a NFTYx event! You represent the x-factor. Your ideas, inspiration, creativity, passion, and leadership multiply the impact of NFTYx.
To ensure that everyone is safe, comfortable and included, NFTYx event organizers agree to abide by our NFTY B’rit Kehilah (code of conduct), uphold NFTY’s 13 Principles, and follow our health and safety standards. NFTY and the URJ provide resources and publicity while acting as “Network Weavers” who connect the different opportunities together and convene and support program leaders.
-Jenna Friedman, Director of Youth Engagement at Temple Shir Tikva in Wayland, MA
Step 1: Connect with your Regional Mentor
Your NFTY Regional Mentor is your guide through the NFTYx experience.
- Connect with your NFTY Regional Mentor to discuss the calendar, what you are interested in doing, and how they and the Regional Board can you support you.
- Look through the NFTYx resources to help you plan budget, registration, and program
Step 2: Identify your NFTYx Adult Lead
Every NFTYx event needs a minimum of one adult leader who “in charge.” This can be a synagogue staff person, or a trusted member of the community who is designated by the congregational leadership.
- Decide who your NFTYx Adult Event Lead will be
- Send them to the Adult Event Lead Training page to complete the forms and do the training (approx 1 ½ hours) This course must be completed by the Event Lead at least 7 work days prior the event. Keep an eye out for your official “NFTY Mentor” gift in the mail a week or two after you have completed the course!
- If you will have additional volunteers who will either be staying overnight in the same space as teens or will be alone with teens for extended periods of time without another adult, please contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org to receive the form for these volunteers.
- For all overnight “shul-in” style events, you must (1) have a background check done on any adult spending the night, (2) maintain a 1:10 overnight adult//teen ration, and (3) have the adults sleeping in the same general space as the teens (if all teens are sleeping in the same room, the adults should sleep in that room as well). If you have questions or concerns about this policy, please contact us at email@example.com.
Step 3: Complete Your Event Submission
In order for the URJ general insurance liability to cover your event, we need you to complete the partnership agreement form and share with us your COI or Proof Of Insurance. This form must be filled out by someone who can sign for the congregation.
- Sign Partner Agreement Form at least three weeks before the event – Adobe Acrobat Sign (adobesign.com) (If you are hosting an event at a synagogue, you must also include a copy of the synagogue’s proof of insurance)
- Email firstname.lastname@example.org with your snail mail address, the date of your event and estimated attendance. We will be mailing you some NFTY giveaways for all of your participants!
- Apply for a NFTYx micro-grant! Each region has funds to support NFTYx events in their community. If you need some additional funds to make your event a success, please fill out this simple micro-grant application form. Your Regional Mentor and Teen Leaders will award the funds and reach out to you to help in your planning. Interested in helping to fundraise for these funds? Talk to your Regional Mentor!
Step 4: Create Your Registration and Publicize Your Event
We are excited to help you publicize your event to teens, parents, and synagogue leaders.
- Build your registration using these guidelines
- Get your event on the NFTY calendar – Submit an Event – NFTY
- Let our teen leaders create and share social media posts and include your program in our emails- NFTYx – Share your Event on Social Media (wufoo.com)
Step 5: Strengthen the Movement!
After the event, lets us help you celebrate and build our movement!
- After the event, upload the registration list so that the teens in attendance get invited to the next NFTY event in your community – NFTYx – Upload your Event Registration Data (wufoo.com) (and keep an eye in the mail in the weeks after you submit! We look forward to sending some NFTY swag to say “thank you” for being a partner in building a Reform Youth Movement we can all be proud of!)
- Share photos, stories, and testimonials about your program with your Regional Mentor so they an give you a shout-out our monthly newsletter and raise you up as a model for other congregations!
- Are you interested in helping other synagogue professionals learn to lead NFTYx events? Email Michelle Shapiro Abraham at email@example.com to join our leadership network.
NFTYx Resources for Certified Mentors and Teen Leaders
Registration, Budget and Event Set-Up
- Required registration questions/fields for NFTYx events directions for NFTYx registration.
- Sample registration questions/fields for NFTYx events
- Sample Host Family Wufoo Form for overnight events with teens sleeping in congregants homes
- Sample Event Budget
- Access Micro-grants to help support your program
Inclusion, Community, and Safe Environment
- New NFTY Program Format – please copy and paste from this template
- Sample schedule for Home-Hosted Event
- Sample Schedule for Camp Retreat Programs
- Sample Schedule for Social Action Day schedule
In the case of an incident including behavioral, medical, harassment, or abuse, please use this form to alert our full time staff team.
Alumni & Volunteers
- Join our NFTYx alumni support network and help NFTYites plan virtual programs.
- Volunteer to staff a NFTYx program.
the nfty team
Logan Zinman Gerber, Director of Youth Organizing – Leadership Development
Julie Marsh, Associate Director of Youth Organizing – North American Community
Noa Apple, NFTY President
Aiden D’Antonio , NFTY Programming Vice President
Daniella Abbott, NFTY Social Action Vice President
Simon Warner, NFTY Religious & Cultural Vice President
Cameron Samuels, NFTY Engagement & Inclusion Vice President
Ariana Walker, NFTY Communications Vice President
Evan Jaffe, NFTY Development Vice President