anonymous asked:

I saw the post you made about nfty and I was wondering if you could tell me a little bit more about it? Like what it is/why I should join. I'm in 8th grade and I, thinking about going to the weekend thing at camp Kutz asan introduction to nfty. Is joining worth it?

Hello anon! Here’s some information for you!

“NFTY’s heart and soul is the local URJ synagogue Temple Youth Group (TYG). While each local TYG differs in organization, focus, size, and character, the Temple Youth Group is the outlet for the highly engaged Reform Jewish teenager in a URJ Synagogue. While some TYG’s only meet 5 times a year for social programs, many TYG’s meet over 20 times each school year and offer a full variety of social, leadership, educational, and social action programs. TYG’s are linked together by geographic region into NFTY’s 19 regions. While each NFTY Region is somewhat unique in character, program, and traditions, each NFTY Region runs leadership training for local TYG’s, as well as a series of camp, hotel, or home-hospitality based conclaves or institutes that focus on Jewish themes, building community, worship, and social action for general NFTY Membership.” (source x) NFTY is absolutely worth joining! All of our best friends are from NFTY! Do any followers tell this anon some reasons why NFTY is the greatest place on earth?

Jews gathered in the woods to observe Shabbat.

Jews in the Woods is a privately organized Jewish youth group which began in New England in 1997, founded by two friends, Dan Smokler and Dan Zimmerman, who sought to create a Jewish community that evoked their Hassidic teacher Josh Lauffer’s shabbat gatherings. JITW has come to be known for its serene, wooded locations, intense praying and singing, and the musical, lyrical and terpsichorean geniuses who frequent its gatherings.