NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.
The Southern Tropical Region of NFTY serves Jewish Teens from central Florida to the Keys. We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students.
NFTY-STR offers Reform, Jewish, high school students an opportunity to learn, worship, and create lifelong friendships within a youth-led environment. We work towards enlightening and educating our participants on historical and spiritual Judaism as well as social action and social justice. A large focus is on enhancing leadership skills, development, and social opportunities for all the participants.
Five times a year at least 275 – 330 teens from over 22 congregations get together to study the values of Reform Judaism. Fall Kallah, Hatikvah Kallah (specifically for 7th and 8th graders), Spring Kallah and LLTI (our leadership training weekend) are all held at host congregations. Our Winter Regional Convention is over Winter Break and is a hotel hosted event.
We strive to provide regional and North American programming and administrative support to the local youth groups – helping to share the wisdom and experience gathered from hundreds of youth groups and adult leaders from across North America. The leadership of NFTY-STR is always available to answer questions and provide useful resources for local youth programs. We hope this site is a starting point for compiling resources and learning about the many different opportunities, both regionally and nationally, that are available for our teens.
We are part of the family of Union for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs. URJ Youth provides young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America, and around the world, including camps, Israel trips and social action/service learning travel programs.
Our Movement was founded as the youth arm of Reform Judaism in 1939 at the urging of Women of Reform Judaism (then known as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods).
With over 900 congregations and 1.5 million Jews, Reform Judaism is the largest and most vibrant Jewish movement in all of North America.