What is NFTYx?
NFTYx is an open space for Jewish engagement, creativity, innovation, and community. Designed to support Reform Jewish teens in planning Jewish experiences for those within and beyond their social networks.
Fill in the blanks and become a NFTYx Organizer today!
The “x” signifies an unknown variable, the notion of collaboration among users, and its exponential impact. The unknown variable is YOU – 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.
Please note: At this time, NFTYx is set up to support virtual experiences only. Details about in-person gatherings will be shared as they are developed.
Please note: At this time, NFTYx is set up to support virtual experiences and events only. Details about in-person gatherings will be shared as they are developed.
A NFTYx virtual experience is created and run by a Jewish teen in partnership with an adult (21+). While all NFTYx experiences are set up for teens to take the lead, teen leaders may ask adult mentors to lead parts or all of an experience, depending on the topic. Both, the adult and teen leaders, must present during the virtual experience. Teens looking for an adult partner are encouraged to access the NFTYx Alumni Network (coming soon). Interested Alumni can learn more here.
NFTYx experiences should align with the values of NFTY and Reform Judaism.
At this time, NFTYx is set up to support virtual experiences only. Details about in-person gatherings will be shared as they are developed.
Below is a framework to help clarify the types of NFTYx experiences you can create. Your NFTYx experience does not have to fall into one of the categories exaclty. This available for guidance only.
Open up your imagination and start creating!
We are excited to share the launch of the NFTY Alumni Network. It is a group comprised of NFTY Alumni who volunteer to support teens in creating NFTYx experiences. Some are content experts and can help with specific programming needs, others are eager to simply mentor and support teens who are planning with the same mentoring they received as teens.Teens looking for an adult partner are encouraged to access the NFTYx Alumni Network (coming soon). Interested Alumni can learn more here.
Step 0: YOU - a teen leader - in partnership with an Adult Mentor (alumni, clergy, youth professional, parent, etc.) decide to plan a virtual experience/event! Yay for you! Teens looking for an adult partner are encouraged to access the NFTYx Alumni Network (coming soon). Interested Alumni can learn more here.
Step 1: NFTYx Organizers (Teen and Adult Mentor) complete Form A: NFTYx virtual experience planning form at least 4 weeks prior to your experience or event.
Step 2: Next steps will be shared in a Pre-Confirmation email sent by your Area Manager and regional president.
Step 3: NFTYx Organizers complete Form B: RJ on the Go Session Page Request. The link for this will be shared in your pre-confirmation email from your Area Manager. Once completed and confirmed by your Area Manager, your event will be posted on RJ on the Go. NFTY will (a) promote your NFTYx experience; (b) manage virtual registration and share the RSVP list with you 24-48 hours before your experience; and (c) create a zoom room for your experience. NFTYx Organizers are responsible for all other aspects of the experience.
Step 4: Have an amazing (virtual) experience or event!
Our planning toolbox has a number of resources available to help ensure you have a terrific event. Some of these include: budget template, zoom ice-breakers, event templates, and many more!
Benefits to the Reform Teen Community - Offers a strength-based approach to Jewish engagement and community building. - Expands the circle of adult mentors available to support teen leadership and growth opportunities. - Create new avenues for a diverse group of teen leaders to create and lead Jewish experiences. - Empowers teens to be event planners, connectors, and marketers of their ideas. - Presents teens with new avenues for engaged Jewish life that interest and inspire them. - Challenges teen leaders to develop universal leadership skills, deepen their connection to Judaism, and gain a sense of higher purpose as they become change agents and co-creators of Jewish experiences for themselves and others. - Taps regional board members in new and exciting ways to help bring NFTY into the future.
How does NFTY support teen organizers and adult mentors? - Host NFTYx Experiences on RJ on the Go* - Manage registration and create a zoom room for each NFTYx experience. - Promote the experience to NFTY national and regional audiences. - Host the experience on the new RJ on the Go platform. - Access vast database of alumni to help mentor teens to create high quality and meaningful experiences. - Support teen leaders in gain real-life skills that can benefit their well-being and resume.
Opportunities for synagogues and adults - Expands opportunities for Reform teens and to connect with adult mentors (alumni, clergy, parents, youth professionals, etc.) in new innovative ways. - Opens the landscape of youth engagement opportunities for youth programs, congregations, and youth professionals. Communities can create and engage in Jewish life in the ways that are most beneficial to them and their teens. - Synagogues can continue to bring NFTY into their synagogue community. - NFTY staff will offer NFTYx Leadership training to teens and adult mentors on an ongoing basis. - Increased collaboration and innovation among congregations. - Opportunity for Alumni to give back and strengthen future generations of Jewish leaders.
*RJ on the Go: An Interactive Platform for Jewish Engagement - Building on successful examples of distance learning and virtual gatherings, RJ on the Go was born – a virtual space for people to spend time in live, interactive, communal experiences anchored in Jewish values, from the comfort of home and on a schedule that works for them. Available to URJ congregations and their members as a value-add of URJ membership, RJ on the Go represents large-scale virtual programming that individual synagogues could not create or sustain on their own. What we learn from this summer’s pilot will help congregations learn how to transform the ways they engage with their communities in the future.
Regional board members will be the first to plan NFTYx experiences during the soft-roll out in August 2020.
The NFTY Team
Lynne Butner, Director of NFTY Engagement
Fletcher Block, NFTY President
Josh Rosenblum, NFTY Programming Vice President
Liana Friedman, NFTY Social Action Vice President
Madison Rosenfield, NFTY Religious & Cultural Vice President
Cat Orange, NFTY Membership Vice President
Hannah Finkelstein, NFTY Communications Vice President