Welcome to NFTY GER!
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. NFTY’s Garden Empire Region includes central and northern New Jersey and the West Hudson Valley of New York (Rockland and Orange counties).
My name is Hannah Shinder and I am so excited to become the new NFTY GER President for the 5783-5784 school year! Currently, I am a sophomore in high school and after attending every possible GER event since my first Taste of NFTY in 6th grade, I am thrilled to begin working as a leader in our region, along with our four other amazing regional board members; Leadership VP Sammy Gerard, Northern Engagement VP Hollin Barth, Southern Engagement VP Delia Erb-Wagner, and Communications VP Liel Raines Moshe! The rest of our new regional board and I are so excited to dedicate ourselves to an amazing year of NFTY fun for our entire region!
SWe had an amazing time at our first events of the year! We ended the summer with an amazing leadership training opportunity and then celebrated Fall Fest together at Temple Sholom in Scotch Plains. We can’t wait to continue to gather and learn together at NFTY’s Collab November 10-13 at URJ OSRUI in Wisconsin! I had the privilege of attending this event this past year and I had so much fun, so I definitely encourage everyone to try and make it to this amazing program if they can! Registration is open!
Another thing to look forward to is our Chanukah Celebration December 2nd at Avodat Shalom in River Edge on Deember 2nd and Spring Kallah at Camp Harlam April 4-7th alongside our friends from NFTY-PAR! We also have multiple NFTYx opportunities in the works throughout our region that we will announce in the near future. We hope to see the NFTY-GER spirit grow to its full potential!
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On October 7-9, nearly 80 teens from across the country joined together for the URJ Teen Collaborative (The Collab) at OSRUI in Wisconsin for the first in person North American youth get-together since the pandemic began. Since Veida 2020, we have both lost and gained...
By: Riley Genevieve Miner | NFTY’s 5781-5782 Membership Vice President While I wish I could summarize what it means to serve on NFTY’s North American Board, the experience is indescribable. The teens who you serve on board with become your best friends and biggest...
Da lifnei mi atah omed - דע לפני מי אתה עומד Know before whom you stand. (Talmud B’rachot 28b) High schoolers today are creating what Reform Judaism will look like for the next century. We are tuning our guitars and writing the melodies for prayers and songs that...
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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.