2015-10-14 / Columns

Year getting into full swing with many NFTY-PAR events

TEEN SCENE
By MATT NUSSBAUM
NFTY-PAR president


Six members celebrated attending their 10th NFTY-PAR program at Summer Leadership Kallah (from left), Morgan Naiberg, Isaac Krazatz, Simon Prushan, Jason Kramer, Hanna Carr, and Noah Podolnick. Six members celebrated attending their 10th NFTY-PAR program at Summer Leadership Kallah (from left), Morgan Naiberg, Isaac Krazatz, Simon Prushan, Jason Kramer, Hanna Carr, and Noah Podolnick. As the year gets into full swing, exciting things are ahead for NFTY-PAR. This past August was Summer Leadership Kallah in which teens from multiple South Jersey congregations gathered with other Reform teens from Pennsylvania to spend a week together at URJ Camp Harlam learning tons of leadership skills and making great connections.

Throughout the week, teens learned specific skills relating to leadership, including public speaking and transforming ideas into reality. This was followed by a showing of “The Incredibles” as well as a bonfire.

This month is NFTY-PAR’s Fall Kallah. Teens from Temple Emanuel in Cherry Hill, Adath Emanu-El in Mount Laurel, and Temple Beth Israel in Northfield will all be sending large groups of teens to enjoy a weekend of creating meaningful relationships and tons of fun.

As the URJ Biennial approaches, the largest gathering of Reform Jews in the world, local teens and Temple Youth Groups are realizing the impact they can have on their congregation. At Temple Emanuel, their youth group TEFTY held teenled services for both Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. The wonderful services showcased the importance of involving teens in congregational happenings. At Biennial, teens will further learn how to connect with their adult leadership and the impact a youth group can have on a congregation.

Looking ahead is NFTYPAR’s WINSTY, an event held annually over Martin Luther King Jr. weekend. This year, Temple Emanuel has the immense honor of hosting all of NFTY-PAR for the weekend. The youth leaders at Temple Emanuel will work together with the regional leadership of NFTY-PAR to plan the entire event. Over 100 kids from as far as Pittsburgh will be coming to Cherry Hill and perform work throughout the local community.

This is a great opportunity for the teens of the region to tangibly see the effect their hard work can have. The leadership will organize certain social action projects for participants to perform. Three years ago Adath Emanu-El hosted WINSTY and teens went all around the Mount Laurel area to nursing homes, farms, and the Ronald McDonald house to perform hundreds of hours of social action.

Having TEFTY host this year’s WINSTY will show the South Jersey community truly how much impact a group of dedicated Reform teens can have when they work together to do good. .

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