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NFTY Northern Calendar 2017-2018

Over the last few years, the lives and schedules of NFTY participants have been changing.  More and more high school and middle school teens have been unable to access some events and opportunities due to changing school calendars, conflicting family vacations, and so many other circumstances.

We decided that we must do something to fix our calendar and make NFTY more easily accessible. Our goals are to get more 6-12th graders involved in NFTY, better support our synagogues and youth groups, and make NFTY Northern the best year-round Jewish experience possible for our community.

We spent several months gathering information and opinions on how best to set up our calendar. We met with educators, clergy, and youth professionals throughout the winter. You will recognize the same events happening throughout the year – but shifted to a more accessible weekend, or changed from a congregation to at OSRUI.

Summer Kallah
Thursday, August 17 – Sunday, August 20, 2017
OSRUI, Oconomowoc, WI

Fall Kallah
Friday, November 3 – Sunday, November 5, 2017
Mt. Zion, St. Paul, MN hosted by SPORTY

Winter Kallah
Friday, January 26 – Sunday, January 28, 2018
OSRUI, Oconomowoc, WI

NFTY678 Junior Youth Group Kallah
Friday, February 23 – Sunday, February 25, 2018
OSRUI, Oconomowoc, WI
Join us for an introduction to NFTY for middle schoolers, with our friends from NFTY Chicago. We encourage our congregations to build this into your middle school Hebrew school experience, and high schoolers to apply this winter to be NFTY678 JYG Kallah leaders!

Spring Kallah
Thursday, April 5 – Sunday, April 8, 2018
OSRUI, Oconomowoc, WI
We’ll be at OSRUI with our friends from NFTY Chicago! This is also the end of Passover – we’re really looking forward to finishing the festival together, learning about different customs in different Jewish communities, and breaking Passover together, as well as continuing to strengthen our NFTY CANOe (NFTY Chicago Area + NFTY Northern) community!

Pop-Up Events – All Year!
One of the best parts about this new calendar is the flexibility we have to host day-long pop up events across the region.  These events will be low-barrier and anything from a ski trip, to a hockey game, to a hiking opportunity at a state park.  Dates to come soon!

NFTY as a movement has been building NFTY678, our middle school youth movement, for the past several years. We’ve connected with so many 6-8th graders at JYG Kallah throughout the years, and learned a lot about how to create a NFTY space that’s unique to middle schoolers.  We want to compliment and support our middle school synagogue youth groups by hosting NFTY678 pop-up throughout the region. We will of course be hosting our annual NFTY678 Junior Youth Group Kallah at OSRUI in the spring with our friends from NFTY Chicago.