We are excited to publicly share the official 2016-2017 NFTY NY Area Regional Calendar. While the calendar looks similar to previous years, we want to take a moment to highlight some of the changes to next year’s calendar as well as some new strategies that will help our region continue to grow.
Based on the feedback that we have gathered about the NFTY Leadership Summit, we are moving it from the Fall to the Spring, and will instead start the NFTY year with a new event – NFTY Kickoff. Kickoff will be a daylong event that seeks to provide different opportunities for teens to engage in a variety of different content areas, while building relationships and providing a meaningful experience.
The revamped Leadership Summit, in addition to the great leadership programming that we currently offer, will provide an opportunity for our graduating seniors to participate in programming specifically for them, focused around Jewish life on campus, and preparing them for some of the challenges they may encounter, like the BDS (Boycott, Divestment, Sanction) movement.
We have made the decision to repurpose the weekend-long Junior Youth Kallah into 2-3 daylong events for middle school students from throughout the NY Area. We will use these Regional NFTY678 events to help bolster the incredible NFTY678 programming that is beginning to happen in several local communities throughout our region.
In addition to the events below, we are also looking for five congregations that are interested in hosting sub-regional events in the coming year. These are events that are hosting and run by a local congregation, with marketing, recruitment and staffing assistance from us. If your congregation is interested, please be in touch with us with your idea for a sub-regional event. These could be events that you are currently running as part of your temple youth group calendar, but would be enhance if it was opened to more teens.
Finally, we will also be adding new pop-up events into the calendar. These are gatherings designed by our NFTY and Eisner/Crane Lake Engagement Ambassadors for the purposes of creating opportunity for under-engaged and unengaged teens to participate. We will share more about this exciting partnership with the Northeast Teen Collective as these programs develop.
Below you will find the calendar of major NFTY Regional and North American Programming for the 2016-2017 year. We look forward to continuing to partner with you to make next year the best NFTY-NAR year yet!