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NFTY-SW Spring Kallah 2017 Highlights

Our Spring Kallah at the Holiday Inn was a fantastic way to end the year!  The weekend was filled with learning, Judaism, friends, and fun.  We elected and installed the 2017-2018 NFTY-SW Regional Board and said goodbye to the senior class of 2017.  Read on for highlights of the weekend.

A huge thank you to our Phoenix families who helped house our out-of-state participants on Thursday night!

Highlights of the weekend included:

  • Program choices with topics including racial justice, the environment, Israel, music, and Judaism through comic book characters.
  • Class time –  Seniors talked with Hillel representatives and some of our alumni about Jewish life in college. Freshmen and sophomores had a chance to get to know each other better, and juniors started to think about what their senior year might be like
  • Friday night teens were able to choose their Shabbat worship choice from 3 services – yoga, popular music, or a service all in English
  • Senior circle where the seniors share memories with the region.
  • We experienced a moving program on challenges refugees face in their home countries and in our communities with guest speakers from Temple Kol Ami including a refugee from Sudan.  Participants ended the program by discussing how they can bring what they learned to their home communities.
  • Saturday night, we concluded Shabbat with Havdallah and our regional board installations followed by our social. We enjoyed ice cream sundaes, watched a movie, played games and looked through the NFTY-SW yearbook.
  • Be sure to watch the slideshow we shared from Winter Kallah!

All in all, it was an incredible weekend, and I wouldn’t have expected anything less after what has been a truly outstanding year. Thanks to all our parents, staff, congregations, rabbis, and participants for making it one to remember! We will miss the graduating class of 2017, but your legacies will stay with us forever. You have led us with positivity, inclusivity, creativity, and class, and you will always be remembered and appreciated.

HIGHLIGHTS FROM SOCIAL MEDIA

Following every event, Facebook is flooded with participant’s feelings upon coming home from an event. Please help us to find more teens who are looking for a place to find friends and explore Judaism. Here are some highlights:

I want to start by saying thank you to all of you. I cannot begin to describe how grateful I am for everything I have learned in my past 4 years. I can definitely say that I have changed from the time I stepped into my first NFTY event freshman year to now. I am so lucky to have found a place where I can truly be myself (I know it sounds so cliche…but it’s true) and be surrounded with people I really enjoy spending time with. My experiences in NFTY have helped me figure out life lessons, learn more than what’s inside just my bubble, learn more about my faith and myself, and meet amazing people, all because of my interactions with the NFTYites that make up Southwest.

About a week ago I attended my last NFTY event. Exactly a year ago I was elected to serve as the NFTY-SW President. Words cannot express the amount of gratitude I have for this region, this board, and this movement. NFTY has given me a safe place where I had the opportunity to thrive and blossom as a leader. NFTY has made me who I am. As this chapter in my life comes to a close, I am forever grateful for the friends, experiences, and lessons I am taking away. Thank you NFTY from the bottom of my heart.

NFTY-SW thank you for being the best home I could ask for these last three years.  I found myself and my favorite people at NFTY.  I will always have a special place in my heart for this time in my life.

NFTY-SW has once again failed to disappoint!  I spent an amazing weekend with my best friends in the whole wide world and make lots of friends too.  I’m so excited for the years to come!