SHFTY (Shalom Federation of Temple Youth) is a coed youth group for Jewish high school teens. SHFTY members are responsible for planning all of their own programs. Involvement in SHFTY provides educational and leadership opportunities for our youth. While making new friends, teens attend fun social activities, learn more about their Judaism and promote social action in the community. Examples of social activities include trips to Great America, Kalahari Resorts, Laser Tag, Sporting Events, Hang-Out Nights and Musicals. Social Action programs take SHFTY to the Jewish Home & Care, Eastwood Health & Rehab, Hunger Task Force and engage the in Shalom’s Mitzvah Day. When it comes to Jewish activities, SHFTY leads the yearly Taschlich Services during the High Holy Days. SHFTY also celebrates Jewish holidays with special programming. SHFTY participates in a variety of fundraisers during the year to help raise money to support their activities. The largest single fundaiser is the Purim Carnival which typically raises over $8,000 for Shalom's youth groups. By organizing and participating in programming, teens develop a strong sense of identity, leadership and community.
SHFTY and NFTY
SHFTY is a part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), an affiliation and unification of hundreds of temple youth groups from across the country. More specifically, SHFTY is part of NFTY’s Northern Region (NFTY-NO), an association of temple youth groups from Wisconsin, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, and the Dakotas. Four weekends a year, NFTY-NO holds a weekend convention (Kallah) of 150- 200 Jewish teens from all over the region. Jewish youth organize, plan, lead, and participate in social activities, social action programs, and leadership training. All activities relate to the lives of Jewish youth in today’s world. Kallah is held once a season in either the Twin Cities, Madison, Milwaukee, or at Camp Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in Oconomowoc. Kallah is supervised by youth advisors from each youth group, a rabbinical advisor, and an administrator from the Union for Reform Judaism.