We are part of North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY), and sit in the Mid-Atlantic Region (MAR), encompassing D.C., Maryland, most of Virginia and parts of North Carolina—the Regional program for Reform Jewish Teens. Hosting 6 Kallot (gatherings) throughout the year, BHC has the pleasure of hosting TheVent in March. What happens at TheVent you might ask?
• Teens meet new friends and see old friends from NFTY, Camp, Israel and Mitzvah Corps
• Teens will learn and explore mental health and wellness through unique outlets and empowering opportunities as part of the event theme: Spark your Soul.
• Teens will participate in Color War: Battle of the Sub-Regions. (North, East, South, West). This is the first event 8th graders can attend.
We are expecting nearly 300 teens (8th-12th grades) and we need your help. We are searching for host families to welcome teens to your home for the weekend. Hosts must be willing to house a minimum of 3 students. The maximum is what you can legally drive in your car and sanely fit in your home. Housing will be assigned as single gender. You don’t need beds or bedding for each teen; they will bring sleeping bags on their own. Most meals will be provided at BHC, with the hosts only obligated for Saturday breakfast and dinner. Hosts provide the transportation to and from BHC and their homes. However, if you need transportation assistance, please ask Amy Seldowitz. Sign up to host our next generation on Friday-Sunday, March 16-18: urjyouth.wufoo.com/forms/nftymarthevent-host-family-application/.
INFO & QUESTIONS: Amy Seldowitz, BHC’s housing chair for TheVent, email@example.com.
To make this event successful, both in the impact it has on the teens and to ensure logistics run smoothly, we are looking for congregants who are willing to volunteer any amount of time throughout the weekend. We need volunteers to help serve meals, aid in programming, support our facility staff as we transition and clean between programs, and to drive some teens back to their host home (even if you are unable to host, yourself). Programming of this nature empowers teens, sparks a love for Judaism, and creates friendships between Jewishly engaged teens across the Mid-Atlantic Region. We are lucky to host this event and look forward to providing this opportunity for our NEXTGEN and NFTY teens.
INFO & VOLUNTEER: Lauren Offermann, Assistant Director of Education, firstname.lastname@example.org or 410-764-1587 ext. 248.