NFTY is a Movement that builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Together, we pursue tikkun olam, personal growth, youth empowerment, and deep connections, all rooted in Reform Judaism.
The Ohio Valley Region of NFTY serves Jewish Teens in Kentucky (excluding Paducah); Indiana (excluding the northwestern corner); Ohio (excluding Cleveland and its suburbs); Nashville, Knoxville, and Bristol, TN; and western West Virginia. We work in partnership with Union for Reform Judaism affiliated congregations to provide meaningful Jewish experiences for middle and high school students.
Our teens come together at many times during the year for learning, fun, worship, community service, and fellowship in a warm, welcoming, and safe environment. NFTY-OV works towards enlightening, educating, and empowering our participants. A large focus is placed on enhancing leadership skills, development, and social opportunities.
We are part of the family of Union for Reform Judaism camps and youth programs. URJ Youth provides young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America, and around the world, including camps, Israel trips and social action/service learning travel programs.
Our Movement was founded as the youth arm of Reform Judaism in 1939 at the urging of Women of Reform Judaism (then known as the National Federation of Temple Sisterhoods).
With over 900 congregations and 1.5 million Jews, Reform Judaism is the largest and most vibrant Jewish movement in all of North America.
Check out the NFTY Ohio Valley New Member Packet to learn more about our region.