NFTY NE Virtual December Institute

December 27-29, 2020

Join NFTY NE for three days of fun, connection, learning, and more! Participants will spend institute with teens from around the region, doing fun activities, having meaningful conversations, and building an amazing NFTY NE community. All programs, activities, and services are written by teens, for teens!

Participants will need to register for each program individually. Go to RJ on the Go or click the name of each program below to register and sign-in for the event.

Questions? Email Aaron Cohen, NFTY NE President, or Emily Messinger, NFTY East Area Manager.

Sunday, December 27

Program 1: Optional Kesher Brunch (11:30 am)

Is December Institute 2020 your first NFTY experience? If so, we invite you to join us for a Kesher brunch before the event begins to introduce you to NFTY and some friendly faces from the region. We hope to see you there!

Program 2:  Welcome & Mixers (12:00 pm)

Join us as we officially kick-off NFTY NE's Virtual December Institute! We will have breakout rooms for teen members to connect and bond by asking some questions and playing some games!

Program 3: Conflict Resolution (2:30 pm)

Join this program to learn about different conflict resolution styles and even figure out your own! We will be talking about how to engage in conflict effectively and why proper communication is so important. Can't wait to see you there!

Program 4: Grade-Based Community Building (4:30 pm)

Join us for our fourth call of virtual December Institute for a community building activity. We will split into small grade-based groups to watch and create nostalgic videos.

Program 5: Sunday Night Service (8:00 pm)

Ever wonder how Jewish months, the Zodiac, and Ma'ariv are related? Come find out!

Program 6: Brotherhood & Sisterhood (10:00 pm)

NFTY-NE strives to create a safe and sacred community in all that we do. A highlight of a NFTY-NE Institute is coming together in smaller groups to strengthen our community and selves. All are welcome to join us in our Sisterhood (Nashim) and Brotherhood (Check-In/Check-Out) communities. Participants can self-select the community they want to join as each community will meet within breakout rooms for seniors to pass down wisdom to the younger members of our NFTY community.

Monday, December 28

Program 7: Monday Morning Yoga Service (11:00 am)

Join us for a fun and relaxing service during which we will flow through yoga. We will go through a series of poses throughout the service. This will be a calming and a good start to the day. Participants are encouraged to be in a spot where they are the most comfortable/zen and be in clothing that are easy to stretch in and will be the most comfortable. See you there!

Program 8: Who is a Jew? (1:00 pm)

Who is a Jew? Who do we include as part of our community? Why have we reached these conclusions? Throughout the program, teens will learn about the historical, modern day, and their own perspectives about the answers to these questions.

Program 9: Community Building through Music (3:00 pm)

Join us for a fun experience learning about and dancing to music from the past decades. 

Program 10: Time & Space (4:00 pm)

Join us in a choose your own adventure style program through time and space with your friends! You’ll get to see places all over the Earth and solar system and experience events throughout the ages. Hope to see you there!! 

Program 11: Havdallah on a Monday (7:00 pm)

Join us for a service focused on community, togetherness, and self care. Including a mix of classic NFTY-favorite secular songs and traditional prayer, this service will give participants a chance to check in with old friends, meet new people, and take a moment to reflect on how they themselves are doing.

Program 12:  Talent Show (8:30 pm)

Join us in showing off your talents or sitting back to enjoy acts from members of the NFTY NE community, including some classic NFTY NE institute traditions! You won’t want to miss this fun evening! 

Program 13: Brotherhood & Sisterhood (10:00 pm)

NFTY-NE strives to create a safe and sacred community in all that we do. A highlight of a NFTY-NE Institute is coming together in smaller groups to strengthen our community and selves. All are welcome to join us in our Sisterhood (Nashim) and Brotherhood (Check-In/Check-Out) communities. Participants can self-select the community they want to join as each community will meet within breakout rooms for seniors to pass down wisdom to the younger members of our NFTY community.

Tuesday, December 29

Program 14: Tuesday Morning Services (11:00 am)

Join us for a community based service that highlights both traditional and non-traditional prayer. We will be utilizing the breakout room feature to build relationships with one another and ourselves! We hope to see you there!

Program 15: Asefah (Regional Board Meeting) (1:00 pm)

Join us for our regional board meeting - Asefah. During this time, the regional board members will share their position updates and discuss all things business related to the region.

Program 16: Join us at Eisner! Friendship Circle (3:30 pm)

Join us on another choose your own adventure with a nifty twist! You will make choices as if you were at an in-person NFTY event at URJ Eisner Camp (where December Institute is usally held). Join us for a once in a lifetime experience! The program will be followed by Friendship Circle, a community song session, to conclude our three days together! Hope to see you there!