NFTY is a community for Reform Jewish high school students to come together and explore their Jewish identities and their leadership. NFTY-MAR participants build lifelong friendships through worship, social action, and innovative youth-led Jewish programming. All programs, from educational to social, provide an environment for teens to interact in a positive environment.

The focus of a NFTY weekend retreat is often based on an overarching theme. Past themes include:

  • Clear Skies Ahead
  • Break the Mold
  • Solidarity in our Strength
  • Tezedek, Tzedek, Tirdof (Justice, Justice, You Shall Pursue)

A NFTY-MAR Event typically follows the same structure


  • Dinner
  • Mixer/Icebreaker activities
  • Shabbat services


  • Shabbat morning services
  • Programs relating to the event theme
  • Havdallah
  • Social evening program


  • Subregional Time
  • Friendship Circle/wrap up

NFTY-MAR events strive to have a variety of enriching, interactive, and social programs the feature creative modalities like art projects, games, skits, and discussions. Past programs include a Religious Solidarity mock protest, Find your Leadership Style, and Self-Care stations.

In addition to the educational programs, there are always mixers at the beginning of events to help integrate new NFTYites into the community. These programs help break the ice and get people laughing, talking, and forming friendships from the moment that the participants arrive.

NFTY programs offer a great way for your teen to grow and develop their Jewish identity. Participants look forward to the opportunity to learn about Judaism outside of the classroom and have great discussions with their peers. From generation to generation we watch as new Jewish leaders pass through NFTY—transforming their Jewish identities and developing a lifelong commitment to their Jewish education.

"I love how you can go up to anyone, even someone you haven't met yet, and receive one of the biggest hugs you have ever had" -Lily Becker (Class of 2022)