Birkat Hamazon : Commonly known as the “Birkat”, this is the prayer that NFTYites say after we eat. It thanks God for our food and drink.
Biennial : The URJ Biennial occurs every other year, when there is not a NFTY Convention. This is a massive gathering of all the adult leaders of the Reform Jewish movement. Biennial also has a NFTY Youth Track for NFTYites to take part in. This year is not a Biennial year (so it’s a Convention year)
Brit Kehilah : NFTY’s code of conduct. You signed this before coming to an event; it details the rules and regulations for a NFTY event. Basically, you promised not to do drugs, drink, engage in inappropriate sexual conduct and to be a respectful NFTYite.
GER: GER is our region of NFTY. GER is short for Garden Empire Region. It includes TYGs from across Central and Northern New Jersey and Central New York.
GERite: A member of NFTY-GER
GERams: These are slips of paper kind of like a valentine. You can buy GERams on the last day of all overnight GER events that goes to fundraising for URJ summer programs. With these GERams, you can write a note or shout-out to a person or people and either have it delivered with candy or have it read loud during the events.
Candles: At Spring Kallah, seniors pass candles down to underclassman so everyone in GER can continue to carry a piece of the seniors who have graduated.
Chair Members: These dedicated NFTYites spend time and effort doing specific tasks for NFTY-GER. Applications for these positions are posted in the Spring and the incoming Regional Board elects them. They range from Social Media chair positions, to creating the NFTY-GER merchandise and everything in between. There are usually 25 chair positions filled per year.
Convention : NFTY Convention is a nationwide event that occurs every other year. NFTYites from all across the country, and even across the world gather to learn, pray, and have fun. This next Convention is taking place in California!
Friendship Circle : The last thing GERites do at an event is gather in a massive circle. We sing, there are speeches given by the Regional Board, Event Dean, and Regional Advisor, as well as many tears and hugs.
Kallah : fun weekends when NFTYites from all different TYGs in a particular region come together to meet other NFTYites, pray and learn. NFTY-GER has seven kallot.
Installations : a very special ceremony when the old executive board passes down their position to the new executive board, and says goodbye. This takes place at Spring Kallah.
KUTZ : The Kutz Campus for Reform Jewish Teen Life is the North American NFTY Leadership Academy, located in Warwick, NY. NFTYites go to Kutz for a few weeks during the summer to learn about leadership, Judaism and so much more.
LTI : Leadership Training Institute. This is a NFTY-GER event that focuses on leadership and networking. Board members from every temple youth group in our region are invited.
MaGERzine: Is a magazine by the MaGERzin chair members complied for every overnight event and distributed on the bus ride home from the event. It’s usually made up of games, jokes, and entries written or drawn by GERites.
Mechina : This is a leadership training week for newly-elected NFTY regional officers that takes place at Kutz Camp. There is also a North American NFTY Board meeting which provides an opportunity to vote on resolutions and set the NFTY agenda for the upcoming year.
Mazon, a Jewish Response to Hunger : A social action project that NFTY takes part in. Three percent of all registration costs for events is donated to this Jewish organization to help everyone fulfill their basic human requirement for food
NFTY : NFTY is the North American Federation of Temple Youth. Anyone who is a member of a Temple Youth Group from Hawaii to New York, from Canada to Texas is a part of NFTY.
Netzer Olami : An international organization of reform Zionist Jewish youth, of which NFTY is the North American snif (branch) of. Simply put, it’s like NFTY, but everywhere!
Programs : Informal programs (as opposed to formal education in the classroom) take place at all Kallot. Programs can be about any topic from Purim to AIDS to the Middle East Peace process. Programs can also be social like a dance or a carnival.
RAC : The Religious Action Center. Located in Washington, D.C., the RAC is the social action center for the URJ. NFTY works closely with the RAC on social action issues.
Region : This encompasses all the TYGs that fall in a certain geographic area. NFTY has 19 regions. These TYGs get together for Kallot and other events.
Regional Board : The Regional Board of GER is made up of 10 amazing, hard-working GERites. They are elected each year at Elections and are essential in making GER what it is. They write and run programs and services, and represent NFTY-GER at North American meetings.
Ruach : Hebrew for "spirit." Basically, it’s the enthusiasm we show for NFTY, for learning, for Judaism and for everything we do.
Senior Circle: At Spring Kallah every year, senior circle allows the graduating seniors to talk about their time with NFTY.
Siyyum : a closing activity to end the day each night of an event. Includes songs and stories from the day.
Songleaders : Amazing GERites who lead us in song session and services.
Song Session : We sing Jewish music, clap, stomp, dance, and make lots and lots of noise. This is where we show our ruach most!
Tikkun Olam : Tikkun Olam is repairing the world. It’s the Jewish value which tells us to do social action! NFTYites do this by participating in mitzvah projects, social action programs and doing mitzvot in general.
TYG : Temple Youth Group. The group of teenagers at your temple that get together for events. Your TYG is a part of NFTY.
TYG Board : The members of the TYG that usually plan and run youth group events for individual youth groups.
Tigger: Tigger is the official mascot of NFTY-GER as his name ends in –GER!
UMC Auction: At winter kallah, we have a huge auction to raise money for scholarships to Urban Mitzvah Corps. You can purchase anything from vintage NFTYshirts to chicken wings to Broadway tickets. It’s all donated to GER. Even if you don’t want to bid on anything, it’s super fun to watch!
URJ : Union for Reform Judaism, the parent body of NFTY. The URJ encompasses all of NFTY plus lots of college students, adults, rabbis, cantors, temple board members and well…basically any Reform Jew in America. They also manage camps like Kutz. They provide adult, rabbinical and financial support to NFTY.