Arizona Jews for Justice

Direct Service for Immigration Justice Eddie Chavez, Campaign Organizer for Arizona Jews for Justice, will share his story as a DACA recipient and will lead an activity writing letters of support to families seeking asylum. We will also discover the ways in which our stories can make an impact and make commitments to take specific actions in our own communities.


You will need a few envelopes, pens, paper, and stamps for this activity.

Jewish Youth Climate Movement (JYCM)

NFTY & JYCM Take on Environmental Action

Led by the Jewish Youth Climate Movement Board in partnership with NFTY Environmental Task Force Members

This program is both an extension of the NFTY & JYCM Take on Environmental Action program and a deeper dive into issues involving climate justice. After sharing our personal and communal stories in Part 1, this program will look at “the story of now.” We will explore environmental racism as well as how systems of wealth and consumerism impact the climate crisis while tying in Jewish values and experience.   Even if you weren’t able to attend Part 1, we invite you to join us.

Planned Parenthood

Planned Parenthood: Reproductive Rights and Body Autotomy

Led by Amy Streavel, Director of Community Education & Outreach at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties, Ana Gonzalez, Public Affairs Director at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino, and Andrea Schmidt, Public Affairs Community Organizer at Planned Parenthood of Orange and San Bernardino Counties

Want to know what pizza has to do with consent? What the parts of a boat can teach us about dating relationships? Join us in a thought provoking conversation to find out. We’ll discuss why consent is so much more than a simple yes/no conversation and the importance of centering ourselves in our relationships with others. See you there!

Protecting the legal right to abortion that Roe v. Wade established is crucial. At the same time, the legal right to abortion alone isn’t enough. Join us for an engaging discussion around the history of abortion access, significance of protecting Roe, and how you can join us in the fight to create a world in which access to abortion is a reality for everyone. There will be space for conversation, questions, and trivia – don’t miss out!

Lambda Legal

LGBTQ Rights and Religious Refusals -  Ensuring Equality for All

Karen L. Loewy is Senior Counsel and Senior Strategist for Lambda Legal, the oldest and largest national legal organization whose mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of LGBTQ people and everyone living with HIV through impact litigation, education, and public policy work. 


Starting with a brief overview of the legal landscape for LGBTQ people, this program will focus on ways that religion is used as a justification for discrimination. Participants will have a chance to be the judge, deciding how cases involving religious refusals should turn out and discussing how religious identity and LGBTQ identity can coexist. Finally, participants will have the chance to take action on legislation to expand LGBTQ protections nationwide. 

Elijah's Promise

Your Food, Your Choice: Building School Food Systems The Work For Everyone

 Jessica Chou, FoodCorps New Jersey Service Member


Elijah’s Promise is a community soup kitchen, food systems organization, and longtime partner of Urban Mitzvah Corps. 

Learn why school food programs are so important, from food security, to the environment, to racial justice, and build the tools to return home to your school and help shape a school food system that every student can be excited about participating in.

Anti-Defamation League (ADL)

Led by Vlad Khaykin who serves as the National Director of Programs on Antisemitism at the Anti-Defamation League.


As a former refugee from state-sponsored antisemitism in the Soviet Union and a grandson of Holocaust survivors, Vlad holds ADL’s work to secure justice and fair treatment for all on deeply personal level. Participants will have a conceptual understanding of antisemitism, its intersection with other bigotries, and some historical context for its development. Discussions of a case study will explore the intersections of antisemitism, white supremacy, and anti-blackness, and lead into an answering of the question of “now what?”

Team Enough

NFTY Says Enough with Team Enough

Adam Friedman, Team Enough Executive Council Member

The Brady Campaign’s Team Enough helps to educate, connect, and activate people to engage with issues pertaining to gun violence in their home communities. Our program will begin with a brief overview of gun violence in America, focusing on manifestations of the issue on a broad level, as well as how it affects different communities. We will then lead participants in a specialized privilege walk-type activity focused on gun violence. Participants will debrief the activity in breakout groups, and discuss action items. Participants will explore local gun violence prevention organizations and do initial research to deepen their knowledge of avenues to engage with GVP locally, with a focus on policy and mutual-aid organizations. The program will end with a broader call to action.

Racial Justice

“Good Trouble”- Combating and Understanding Racism

Led by Bryant Heinzelman, Diversity, Equity and Inclusion consultant

Participants of “Good Trouble”- Combating and Understanding Racism will learn about racism, prejudices, and early Jewish participation in the civil rights movement. Teens will discuss current topics of concern, brainstorm local and national action item ideas, and build Kehila Kedosha (Holy Community) together, all while advocating for disenfranchised communities.

Southern Poverty Law Center

Led by David Hodge, the Operations Coordinator for the Civil Rights Memorial Center at the Southern Poverty Law Center.


We will be leading discussions of methodologies used by several activists and grassroots organizers during the Civil Rights Movement. These discussions will be thematic explorations of the specific context(s) in which grassroots organizing and movement building were used to further the advancement of the Civil Rights Movement.


Attendees are asked to sign up for a Padlet account or download the app to your device, as you will be asked to post your takeaways from the presentation to a discussion board. 

NFTY Convention 2021  |  February 5 - 7, 2021