NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.
We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students.
NFTY offers Reform, Jewish, high school students an opportunity to learn, worship, and create lifelong friendships within a youth-led environment. We work towards enlightening and educating our participants on historical and spiritual Judaism as well as social action and social justice. A large focus is on enhancing leadership skills, development, and social opportunities for all the participants.
Five times a year at least 275 – 330 teens from over 22 congregations get together to study the values of Reform Judaism. Fall Kallah, Hatikvah Kallah (specifically for 7th and 8th graders), Spring Kallah and LLTI (our leadership training weekend) are all held at host congregations. Our Winter Regional Convention is over Winter Break and is a hotel hosted event.
We strive to provide regional and North American programming and administrative support to the local youth groups - helping to share the wisdom and experience gathered from hundreds of youth groups and adult leaders from across North America. The leadership of NFTY-STR is always available to answer questions and provide useful resources for local youth programs. We hope this site is a starting point for compiling resources and learning about the many different opportunities, both regionally and nationally, that are available for our teens.
We are part of the family of Union for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs. URJ Youth provides young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America, and around the world, including camps, Israel trips and social action/service learning travel programs.
Our Movement was founded as the youth arm of Reform Judaism in 1939 at the urging of Women of Reform Judaism (then known as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods).
With over 900 congregations and 1.5 million Jews, Reform Judaism is the largest and most vibrant Jewish movement in all of North America.
About Camp Coleman
From generation to generation, enriching Jewish lives since 1964.
Camp Coleman, a program of the Union for Reform Judaism, serves campers from the Southeast United States from Tennessee and the Carolinas through Georgia and Florida. Committed to core values of respect, peace, community and kindness, we build a warm and caring community where campers have fun and experience the excitement and warmth of belonging to a Reform Jewish community. We look with pride to the thousands of young people who have formed lasting friendships and called Camp Coleman home for more than 50 years.
URJ Camp Coleman allows our children to live a wholly Jewish life while at camp. Campers can experience Jewish culture and tradition while in a safe, challenging and fun environment. In a natural setting, campers are given the opportunity to explore their Judaism. Coleman provides a creative setting for Jewish living and learning, through camp programming. At Camp Coleman campers and staff can develop lifelong friendships.