NFTY-TOR TzedaKallah

Join us for NFTY-TOR's first ever TzedaKallah! A social justice event in Austin co-hosted by Congregation Beth Israel and Temple Beth Shalom with support from Shalom Austin, TzedaKallah is an exciting step forward in our community's commitment to tikkun olam (repairing the world). Earn volunteer hours with social action projects in the Austin area, experience fun meaningful programs, and celebrate Shabbat with the hosting community.

Early Bird: $151
Register by October 20

Regular Registration: $176
Register by November 17

Space-Available Registration: $176
November 18 or later

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 9th to 12th and Austin-area 8th graders.


  • Registration is hosted by URJ Greene Family Camp. If you have attended a prior NFTY-TOR or Greene program please enter the login email address used to register previously when prompted.
  • Bus transportation from DFW and Houston is available for an additional $60.
  • Registration fee includes $1 tzedakah donation.

Participants may travel by car if driven by a parent or guardian over the age of 21. Bus stops subject to change based on availability.

Travel Address Friday Drop-Off Sunday Pick-Up
Car Temple Beth Shalom - 7300 Hart Ln, Austin, TX 78731 6:00 PM 11:00 AM
 
DFW Bus - Dallas Stop Temple Emanu-El - 8500 Hillcrest Ave, Dallas, TX 75225 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
DFW Bus - Grapevine Stop Between Bass Pro Shops & Fuddruckers - 2000 Texas 26, Grapevine, TX 76051 2:30 PM 3:00 PM
DFW Bus - Fort Worth Stop Beth-El Congregation - 4900 Briarhaven Rd, Fort Worth, TX 76109 3:15 PM 2:10 PM
 
Houston Bus - South Houston Stop Congregation Beth Israel - 5600 N Braeswood Blvd, Houston, TX 77096 2:00 PM 3:30 PM
Houston Bus - North Houston Stop Sam's Club - 19091 I-45, Shenandoah, TX 77385 3:00 PM 2:15 PM

NFTY-TOR TzedaKallah is a home-hosted event, meaning that teens sleep in the homes of congregants. Members of Temple Beth Shalom and Congregation Beth Israel have opened their homes for the weekend to host NFTYites. You will be connected with your host-home leading up to the event to be advised if your teen needs to bring a sleeping bag or pillow with them.

Clothing

  • Shabbat appropriate attire for Friday night
  • Casual and comfortable clothes that you can wear all day on Saturday and Sunday
  • 1 pair of jeans (required for social action projects)
  • 1 pair of sneakers (required for social action projects)
  • 1 jacket, sweater, or hoodie
  • 2-3 sets of underwear
  • 2-3 sets of socks
  • 1 pair of pajamas

Linens

  • Sleeping bag
  • Pillow with a pillowcase
  • Bath towel
  • Washcloth

Toiletries

  • Comb or brush
  • Toothbrush and toothpaste
  • Shampoo/conditioner
  • Body wash or soap
  • Cosmetic bag or dopp kit

Miscellaneous

  • Water bottle
  • Hat

Optional

  • Camera
  • A small thank you gift for your host family (recommended)
  • Money for Saturday afternoon free-time in Austin and/or to purchase NFTY merchandise

Please pack any medications you need during the weekend including prescriptions taken during the week, inhaler, EpiPen, vitamins, etc. (participants can self-administer medications).

Teens are expected to participate in the entire event. Fees are set at a full package rate and we cannot prorate registration.

If you need to cancel an event registration, the registration fees you paid will be refunded or credited as follows:

  • By the early bird deadline– 90%
  • 2 weeks prior to event date – 50%

Within 2 weeks of an event we will not be able to issue any refunds for cancellation. If you have a documented medical emergency and must cancel within 2 weeks of an event you will be refunded 75% of the registration fees you paid.

All cancellations must be in writing. We will accept cancellations by email to gfc@urj.org. We’re sorry, but we cannot accept cancellations over the phone. Please allow up to three weeks after the conclusion of the event for your refund or credit to be processed.

NFTY-TOR TzedaKallah would not be possible without our partner congregations: Congregation Beth Israel & Temple Beth Shalom. Members of those congregations are invited to serve as host-homes for the weekend. Hosting NFTYites is a great inter-generational opportunity and a way to give back to the Jewish community and sow the seeds for our community’s future! We hear consistently from host families that hosting teens in their homes is a ton of fun! Young families can get a window into what their future Jewish engagement can look like, and empty-nesters get the chance to have teens back in their homes! Our teen participants are always VERY grateful and respectful to their host families.

Please click here to fill out our host-home application!

If you have questions feel free to reach out to Ethan Lane-Miller (NFTY-TOR Regional Director), Carly Cera (Congregation Beth Israel Director of Youth Education & Engagement), or Sarah Abrams (Temple Beth Shalom Youth Engagement Coordinator).