WHY NFTY IN ISRAEL?
Since 1958, thousands of families have chosen NFTY for more than a promise of a thrilling summer. NFTY programs have transformed nearly 30,000 young people by turning a spark of interest into a summer of exciting challenges, wonderful new friends, and a lifelong involvement with Judaism. More than 350 synagogues, 19 youth regions, numerous Jewish camps, Jewish Federations and communities annually turn to NFTY to provide the ultimate teen travel experience.
Unique Integrated Travel and Learning Curriculum Designed Especially for our Teens:
- Exciting days and fully programmed evenings
- Highly qualified Reform Jewish group leaders
- The single thread that binds together the panels of your Jewish life
- A once in a lifetime chance to spend a summer in Israel with your peers
NFTY’s #1 Priority is Health and Safety.
In over 60 years of sponsoring travel programs – the safety and security of participants has always been our primary concern. NFTY will always strive to aspire to the highest standards of safety and security. NFTY has a well-deserved reputation for care and caution in designing and implementing summer programs.
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Rabbi Loren Sykes
Director of Israel Immersives
Rabbi Loren Sykes grew up in the northern suburbs of Chicago where he was a lifelong Jewish camper and active member in synagogue and youth group life. He holds BA degrees in both European History and Talmud, as well as an MA in Jewish studies and rabbinic ordination. Loren brings seventeen years of senior leadership in Jewish camping to his position as Director of Israel Immersives and Principal of URJ Heller High. He has wide-ranging experience in not-for-profit leadership and management as both a professional and a lay leader. In recognition of his work in the field of Jewish camp, Rabbi Sykes received The Covenant Award for Excellence in Jewish Education in 2006. He made Aliyah in August, 2013, along with two of his three children and lives in the Arnona neighborhood of Jerusalem.
Director of Participant Care
Resources for congregations
Thanks for helping to spread the word about NFTY in Israel, as well as the other 60+ youth programs that the URJ has to offer! These ready-to-use tools make it easy to help each of your families find the right experience for them. From regional & specialty camps, to leadership & social justice opportunities, to Israel and beyond, there is something for everyone in your congregation. If you have any questions, or are looking for something you don’t see here, contact us!