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What will make this virtual NFTY Convention special?

While it’s easy to think of this as one more thing we’re missing out on in a year full of COVID cancellations, we are choosing to look at this as an incredible opportunity to bring NFTY Convention to more Reform Jewish teens than ever. We hope you are just as stoked as we are for this amazing weekend! We promise that NFTY Convention will be full of fun, laughter, learning, singing, friendly competition, Jewish experiences, ruach (spirit), surprises, and all the other parts of NFTY you know and love.

 

A virtual Convention removes travel barriers, so we hope more teens will be able to join in on the fun than ever before.

How much does NFTY Convention cost?

We are using a pay-what-you-can model for participation in NFTY Convention to make this program available to all who wish to participate. The suggested program fee is $125, which covers the cost of a special NFTY Convention virtual platform, a box of merch and program supplies shipped to your house, program development, and staff costs.

For some, this suggested fee is a barrier for participation, while others may be able to contribute more to make this opportunity possible for others. Please pay what you can to support the work of the Union for Reform Judaism’s Teen Engagement work, NFTY and teen leadership development.

 

I spend so much time on Zoom.  Will this be another Zoom meeting?

We are all tired of Zoom, so we will be hosting NFTY Convention on Gatherly.  This platform allows us to meet as a full group for our only-at-NFTY Convention experiences, while also allowing us to break up into smaller groups and make personal one-on-one connections.  Some of our big moments will be on Zoom which will allow us to give everyone the best possible experience.

 

What are some highlights I can look forward to?

  • Lots of chances to connect​​​!

    • Bagel brunch

    • Online game tournament

    • Camp and regional time

    • Chances to hang out and meet new people

    • and other moments throughout the weekend

  • Dan Nichols Concert

  • Amazing program offerings

    •  Fast Mug Meals

    •  Making Memes Jewish (mastermind behind Jewish Girl Problems)

    •  Culture of Kindness

    •  LGBTQ Affirmation

    •  Sci-Tech's Guide to Leveling Up your Virtual events

    •  Everyday Leadership - Lollipop moments

    •  Jewish Mindfulness and Meditation

    •  And so much more!

  • Day of Action

    • Learn and take action with organizations on important issues such as racial justice, gun violence prevention, and climate justice, and participate in meaningful opportunities to give back to our community through service.

  • Fun and Exciting Evening Social

This looks like a lot - will there be breaks?

Like many conventions, we have a lot going on!  But also like most conventions, you get to choose where you want to be and when you attend.  You can come to every minute of the day where we have things planned, or you can choose the moments that are most meaningful to you.  We also scheduled breaks throughout the weekend.

           

Will there be merch?

Would it even be a NFTY event without merch?  Yes!  Everyone who pays for NFTY Convention will receive a merch package with a t-shirt, program supplies and other surprises.  The earlier you register the more swag you will get.

 

When are the registration deadlines?

  • Thursday, December 17 – Registration Opens

  • December 23 – Last day to register and get the most merch

  • January 8 – Second merch cut-off date - You will still get merch, just less than if you register by 12/23 but more than if you register after 1/8.

  • January 20 – Last day to register to get merch and program supplies in time for Convention.

  • Anyone who registers and pays after January 20 will get their t-shirt after Convention.

 

Why is there a fee to attend NFTY Convention 2021?

There is a fee to attend so we can provide the best virtual experience possible. However, no one will be asked to pay anything that they cannot afford, and no one will be turned away because of money.

What is included in the cost?

Everyone who registers for NFTY Convention will get a special merch package, and full access to the entire NFTY experience. 

What virtual platform are we using?

We are all tired of Zoom, so we will be using Gatherly to host NFTY Convention.  This platform allows us to meet as a full group for our only-at-NFTY Convention experiences, while also allowing us to break up into smaller groups and make personal one-on-one connections.  Some of our big moments will be on Zoom which will allow us to give everyone the best possible experience.

When will NFTY North American Board elections and Asefah be?

Asefah and Elections will be moved to a weekend in early March.

Are there any in-person gatherings I can look forward to?

Yes! We are excited to announce a URJ Movement-wide Gathering in May of 2022. More information to come!

 
 
 
 
NFTY Convention 2021  |  February 5 - 7, 2021