NFTY

NFTY

Rabbi Rick Jacobs poses with three smiling teens in NFTY Convention badges

This d'var Torah for Parashat T'tzaveh was presented to NFTY Convention 2019 on Saturday, February 16, 2019. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
NFTY logo

Representing the next generation of congregational and community leaders, NFTY – the North American Reform Jewish Youth Movement - will hold its biennial Convention Friday, February 15 through 18, 2019, in Dallas, TX. NFTY Convention brings together the creativity, energy and passion of teen leaders with the strength of the North American Reform Movement to build a community filled will song, dance, and learning that is primed to enact change.

Teens with their bck to the camera holding gun violence prevention signs at March for Our Lives

 One year after the tragedy, we also want to lift up the memories of the 17 people killed and encourage Reform Jews to engage in tikkun olam, repairing the world, in their honor.

Logan Zinman Gerber
Compass with the arrow pointing at the word "Leadership"

February is a time we especially foster leadership at the Union for Reform Judaism, shining a light on the role individuals play to strengthen our sacred community.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
The three Saltzburg teens together at a NFTY-PAR kallah

The youth leaders in our synagogue captured the interest of our oldest son, and his involvement in the temple youth group and then in NFTY led the way for his siblings.

Pamela Saltzburg
Three teen boys holding signs that read REFORM JEWISH STUDENTS SAY ENOUGH IS ENOUGH

Together, we are committed to building inclusive communities, repairing the world, and pursuing justice. Our work is just beginning. 

Logan Zinman Gerber
a group of kutz campers smile

For 53 summers, URJ Kutz Camp has trained the teenage leaders of the Reform Movement. Much of our congregational leadership, both professional and lay, attribute Kutz as having played a pivotal role in where they are now. Now, perhaps more than ever, sending the teens in your congregation to Kutz for the deep learning, purposeful skill-building, and leadership development that takes place in Warwick, New York, will set your teens and your congregations up to flourish, now and in the future.

Melissa Frey
Group of teens holding signs for gun violence prevention in front of an orange March for Our Lives banner

Thousands of Reform Jews around the United States gathered today to participate in March for Our Lives events in Washington, D.C. and satellite events across the country.

Kate Kaput
Diverse people and ideas flowing into cogs that sit in the palm of a woman's hand

As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to harness the strength and creativity that comes from diversity to focus and guide our congregations – and our sederim.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs