NFTY Southern Spring Kallah
March 8-10 at URJ Henry S. Jacobs Camp
Calling all 8th-12th graders in the Deep South and beyond for a fun-filled weekend at Jacobs Camp March 8-10! This teen-powered retreat will include engaging programming, celebration of Shabbat and opportunities to build community with other Jewish teens. Early bird registration is now open and will continue until February 5. The weekend is open to all Jewish teenagers currently in 8th-12th grade.
TRAVEL INFORMATION, REGISTRATION, SCHOLARSHIP AND FAQS
COST, PAYMENT AND SCHOLARSHIP
- Early Bird registration is now open for $235 per teen. After February 5, this increases to $275 per teen. Registration closes on March 1.
- Upon registration, your card will be charged the full event cost.
- You will need your health insurance information for registration.
- Families are expected to first seek scholarship from their local communities, including synagogues and federations. Your synagogue’s Youth Professional(s) or Executive Director should be able to help you. Please reach out to Ben Cohen if you are seeking scholarship for the event by emailing here.
- After seeking and receiving scholarship information from your community, you can apply for additional scholarship by reaching out to Ben Cohen.
- All participants should arrive to Jacobs Camp between 4:30-5PM
- If your teen needs to fly to the event, please reach out to Ben for information on flight parameters.
- All participants must leave camp at 10:30 AM on Sunday.
- Please note that travel to and from Jacobs Camp is not included in the registration fee. There will be congregation-sponsored transportation from Memphis, Little Rock and New Orleans (New Orleans bus will also stop in Hammond). You must register with your synagogues.
- Teens may not drive themselves to and from the event. All drivers must be adults 21 and up.
What is NFTY? What is Spring Kallah?
- All 8th-12th graders are welcome to attend this teen-powered weekend. Spring Kallah is full of exciting programs, meaningful tefillah experiences, and NFTY/camp activities, all led and planned by teens. All are welcome, whether you are a first-timer or returning NFTYite.
- NFTY is a movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam (repairing the world), personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism. What makes NFTY different than other youth organizations are our 13 Principles . When you register, the teen and parent both agree to these ideals. NFTY events maintain high expectations of being a caring and safe community. To this end, each participant and parent will sign off on the NFTY Brit K’hilah, our code of conduct.
Who plans the weekend?
- Our NFTY Southern Regional Board consisting of 6 teens from across the Southern region have been working hard to plan the retreat. Jacobs Camp is proud to host a fun Fabulous Las Vegas-themed weekend with topics from community building to environmental justice.
What should teens pack?
- We will provide a packing list in our pre-event email sent a week before Spring Kallah. In general, clothing should be casual. In March, the weather at camp can be chilly, so plan to pack some warmer clothing than you would for a summer session!
What does health and safety look like for the weekend?
- The health and safety of our teens is our number one priority. We will have a nurse on site throughout the weekend in case teens need anything. Additionally, we will be collecting medication for the weekend. We will send out more detailed information prior to the event.
- We will have security on site for the weekend. Additionally, we have a strong relationship with our local law enforcement in case of any emergency.
Are all meals provided for the weekend?
- Yes, all meals are included and meet dietary needs. Please specify dietary needs on the registration form.
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