NFTY-SW NFTY78 Social Action Weekend

Friday, April 26 - Sunday,
April 28, 2019
Temple Chai, Phoenix, AZ

This weekend is the perfect opportunity for 7th & 8th grade Jewish youth in the Southwest to join together for a weekend of fun and social action.  We will spend the weekend helping others through social action projects, celebrating Shabbat, meeting other Jewish teens and having fun!

Parents:  NFTY Southwest is dedicated to providing a healthy and safe environment for teens, teen leadership and engagement with the values and traditions of Reform Judaism.  We spend our time together building community, and exploring Judaism and social justice.

  • Meet other Jewish teens from all over the Southwest including Arizona, New Mexico, Utah, Las Vegas & El Paso.
  • Reunite with friends from camp!
  • Learn about NFTY with other 7th and 8th graders
  • Spend time helping others through fun, hands-on service projects
  • Celebrate Shabbat with a special service written and led by teens for teens
  • Enjoy a fun Saturday night social activity

Quotes from teens and parents in 2018:

“I have no doubt that my child is participating in NFTY as a high schooler due solely to the fact that she attended a NFTY event as an 8th grader.  The NFTY 8th grade experience made it all seem so friendly; so when NFTY opportunities presented themselves in high school, it wasn’t a new and intimidating prospect — it seemed in fact like a natural next step.  I’m so thankful that Temple Chai made NFTY available to my child as an 8th grader.”  – Karen, parent

“I loved the NFTY Social Action Weekend! At first I was nervous for it because I was unsure who I knew that was going, but once I got there, I had a really great time and made a lot of new memories! I met a lot of different people, learned new games, and had a great first experience!“    - Marissa,  7th Grade

“I can think of no better way to spend a weekend! After only a few hours you feel like you know everyone way better than anyone at school, and we are all till in touch (texting every day).  In addition, it is so much fun being a host family! The kids who stay over are really sweet and easy, and it’s super fun! The programming was amazing, but my favorite part of the NFTY78 weekend is the spectacular friends you make."   - Julia, 8th Grade

“I found the experience meaningful as I observed my 8th grader show more confidence as one of the 'big kids' making new friends and having fun with people he just met along with ones he’s known since pre-school.” – Amy, parent



Regular: $175 USD
Register by Wednesday, April 10, 2019

Space Available: $200 USD
Register after Wednesday, April 10, 2019
(must be approved by regional director)

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 7 to 8.

  • Meals included in the cost of the event.
  • Registration will be accepted after April 10, 2019 on a space-available basis.
  • Teens are expected to participate in the entire event. Fees are set at a full package rate and unfortunately we cannot prorate registration.
Travel to/from Arizona will be arranged by your local advisor. Cost for participants flying to Phoenix is $54 plus your airfare
Please be sure that is added to your approved email list so that you receive all important email updates!

Participants are expected to bring both Shabbat and casual clothing, and are encouraged to bring spending money for NFTY items and travel. Please leave valuables at home. Do not bring jewelry, electronic devices or large amounts of cash. Each participant is responsible for his/her belongings. NFTY, the Union for Reform Judaism, Union affiliated congregations, and bus companies used by NFTY are not responsible for lost or stolen items.  A full packing list will be sent about 10 days prior to the event.

If you need to cancel, the registration fees you paid will be refunded as follows:

Through April 4, 2019 – 90%

Through April 11, 2019 – 75%

Through April 18, 2019 – 50%

After April 18, 2019 we will not be able to issue any refunds for cancellation. If you have a documented medical emergency and must cancel after April 18, 2019 you will be refunded 75% of the registration fees you paid. Please note that we cannot offer credits in exchange of refunds.

All cancellation must be in writing. We will accept cancellations by email to We’re sorry, but we cannot accept cancellations over the phone. Please allow up to six weeks after the conclusion of the event for your refund to be processed.