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Samantha Schwartz, CKH Youth Director

 

We are delighted that Samantha Schwartz is beginning her third year on CKH’s professional team as youth director, and we are eager to continue working with her! Samantha was an active member of her own NFTY-Northeast TYG, TASTY, in Sharon, Massachusetts, serving as treasurer for two years. She received her Bachelors degree in 2018 and Masters degree in 2019 in elementary education from the University of Connecticut, and is currently teaching Kindergarten in Suffield, CT. Stay tuned to learn more about Samantha’s plans for engaging our teens through both GRSLY and Jr. GRSLY.  Feel free to contact her anytime at GRSLY.director@kolhaverim.org

 

2019-2020 GRSLY Board:

Ellie Gertler (grade 12)

Aaron Cohen (grade 11)

Josh Barbara (grade 10)

Teddy Schwartz (grade 10)

Middle School Liaison:

Josh Cooper (grade 9)

 

If you want to participate in our amazing programming year, please make sure to download our membership form and include a check ($18 for CKH members and $36 for non-members) made to GRSLY for your annual dues. 

 

FORMS AND IMPORTANT LINKS

Membership Form 2019-2020

Emergency Release

NFTY Northeast's Website

 

 

               

 

 

 

Senior & Junior GRSLY Programs - August 2019 - May 2020

FALL 2019

AUGUST

NFTY-NE Summer Institute                     August 23-25                     URJ Crane Lake Camp

 

SEPTEMBER

NFTY-NE’s CT Temple Youth                   September 14                     Robert Cohen Social Hall

Leadership Assembly (TYLA)

 

OCTOBER

678/Subregion Day (Launch?)                October 27                         TBD

 

NOVEMBER 

NFTY-NE Fall Homecoming                     November 8-10                  URJ Eisner Camp

 

DECEMBER

Holiday Bazaar                                         December 8                        Robert Cohen Social Hall

Hanukkah Shul-In                                   December 14-15                Robert Cohen Social Hall

NFTY-NE December Institute                 December 26-30                URJ Eisner Camp

 

WINTER AND SPRING 2020

JANUARY

678/Subregion Day                                 January 12                          TBD

 

FEBRUARY

Winter Wonderland                                February 7-9                       Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester, NH

 

MARCH

Purim Shul-In and Carnival                   March 7-8                            Robert Cohen Social Hall

NFTY-NE 678 Overnight                        March 13-14                        URJ Eisner Camp

NFTY-NE Spring Conclavette                Late March (TBD)                TBD

 

APRIL

678/Subregion Day                                April 26                                TBD

 

MAY

Hagigah (Celebration)                           May 15-17                            TBD

 

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REGIONAL EVENTS DESCRIPTIONS AND UPDATES 

Summer Institute: A 3-day retreat at URJ Crane Lake Camp in West Stockbridge, MA. Institute is an immersive experience for teens in grades 9-12. Participants spend the weekend with teens from around the region, doing fun activities, having meaningful conversations, and living as one community. All programs, activities, and services are written by teens, for teens!

  • In 2019, Summer Institute will be a three-day event. It will be longer than an average weekend event, starting Friday morning and ending Sunday evening. Many agree that Summer Institute is a great first event for teens, but a 4.5-day event has been a hard sell. The historic footprint of the five-day event was increasingly conflicting with returning from camp, school openings, sports team tryouts and practices, and family vacations. We believe this will help make the event more accessible and cost efficient.

Temple Youth Leadership Assembly (TYLA): This is an in-person and/or virtual one-day leadership experience for teens throughout the Northeast. Individual teens, Temple youth programs, youth groups, madrichim, etc. can all opt- in to this day of learning from a satellite or in-person location. Working in collaboration with NFTY-NAR (New York Area Region), we will create a learning experience that offer teens high-level leadership development workshops that are relevant to their role as Temple leaders and beyond. NFTY will provide workshop modules and a virtual keynote speaker that all satellite locations can access – allowing everyone to participate locally and still feel connected to the larger region.

  • We are seeking opportunities for teen leaders and congregations to participate in leadership development experiences that are local and have a connection to the larger Jewish community. This cross-regional day of learning, between NFTY-NAR and NE, offers the option of virtual or in-person learning as well as intro and high-level leadership training for teens who are active in all aspects of synagogue and school programming. This format also creates opportunities for synagogues to host NFTY regional programming and additional leadership opportunities for teens.

Levi Leap: Temple Beth Am’s (BATY) Levi Leap is NFTY-NE's #1 social event of the year! Join friends from all around the northeast for a day of community building, a regional dance, dinner, and Havdalah.

 

678/Subregion Days: A Sub-Regional/Pop-Up event is a local event that is open to all and is intended for a specific geographic area. These can be planned and hosted by a Temple youth community, individual teens, or NFTY-NE Sub-Regional Chairs. These events are generally 2-4 hours long. They can be planned for a variety of ages.

  • On the 2019-2020 calendar, we have set aside specific dates for local programming for both 6th-8th grades and 9th-12th Grades (8th-12th in the Spring). We are looking for volunteer congregations to host these events and open them up to other teens in their area. We will send more information soon about these events.

Fall Homecoming: This is a new joint event with NFTY-NE, NFTY-NAR (New York Area Region), and the NETC (Northeast Teen Collective), Eisner, Crane Lake, and Sci-Tech Camps. In lieu of NFTY-NE Fall Conclavette, NFTY-NAR Fall Kallah, and the NETC Leadership Summit, this will be an incredible weekend of community building, worship, and programming, with a focus on leadership. Staff and teen leaders from all organizations will work together to make this an exciting, empowering, and memorable weekend for all.

  • As we think about who our teens are and who they want to be, we realized this holistic is opportunity not only benefits our teens, but also strengthens all URJ communities in the geographic northeast. Together, we can create something that is so much greater than the sum of the parts. This event will be open to all teens in the geographic Northeast, which creates a unique opportunity for teens to make new friends and connect with their NFTY, camp, and congregational friends.

December Institute: A 5-day retreat at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. Institute is an immersive experience for teens in grades 9-12. Participants spend the weekend with teens from around the region, doing fun activities, having meaningful conversations, and living as one community. All programs, activities, and services are written by teens, for teens!

 

Winter Wonderland: Winter Wonderland is an annual event hosted by Temple Adath Yeshurun (MANTY) in Manchester, NH. It includes participation in winter sports activities (skiing and/or tubing), Shabbat celebration, and fun!

 

678 Overnight: An overnight retreat at URJ Eisner Camp in Great Barrington, MA. NFTY678 provides middle- schoolers with an opportunity to spend the weekend with other Jewish teens from the northeast participating in fun activities and living as one community. This is a great opportunity to get a taste of a NFTY experience and enjoy fun, interactive programs led by awesome teens!

 

Spring Conclavette: A 3-day weekend event hosted by a congregation. Includes incredible programs, worship services, singing, dancing and lots of fun - all planned and led by the teen leaders of the host congregation! We are always excited to welcome 8th graders to their first regional event at Spring Conclavette. The weekend concludes with regional board elections.

 

Hagigah (Celebration): This new event, will be a weekend long Kallah, which will be open to 8th- 12th Grades. It will be congregationally hosted, but not in the traditional sense. Two nearby congregations will each host half the region, 8th-10th in one location, 11th-12th in the other. The teens will spend half their weekend all together (Friday night for Shabbat, Saturday night for a social program and senior send-off, and Sunday morning for Asefah and installations), and will spend Saturday separated between the congregations for grade-based programming.

  • Thinking about the flow of the year, we wanted to start the year with a focus on leadership development and end the year with a celebration of community. The new format creates a smaller group and large group experience and more opportunities for congregations to host NFTY events.

Thu, April 2 2020 8 Nisan 5780