OTYG is open to all youth in grades 9 – 12. The overall purpose is to instill Jewish identity and foster commitment to the ideals and values of Reform Judaism. These purposes are pursued in a framework which emphasizes the development of personal and leadership skills in a wholesome, social, fun Jewish environment.
OTYG has a student-led governing board assisted by Youth Director Jacob Kahn. The board has worked hard to plan a year that provides opportunities for students to engage in social action, religious and cultural activities, and many social events. Please check the weekly eTidings and the Temple Tidings calendars on a regular basis for upcoming events. The OTYG bulletin board in the Religious School hallway also posts events and news. OTYG is “going green” so most communications will be made by email, telephone or text messages.
OTYG is part of the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and allows students to expand their youth group experience with youth from all over the country. To learn more about the National Federation of Temple Youth and our region go to www.nfty.org and www.nfty.org/mv.
|Co-President||Brooklyn Armstrong & Maddee Rauhauser|
|Programming Vice President||
|Membership Vice President/Communications and Visual Vice President||Ben Leathers-Arnold|
|Special Projects Coordinator||Aleia Budwig|
|Co-Freshman Liaison||Ruby Platt & McKenna Blake|
Q & A
Q. Who plans and leads programs/events?
A. NFTY/OTYG is a youth led organization. Under the supervision of their advisor and clergy, our youth both create and lead programs that they feel passionate about and that are relevant to them. That is one of the reasons NFTY is such a strong and successful organization. The teens feel that their voice is heard and that they can take action in matters that matter to them.
Q. Can I get community service hours for social action programming?
A. Yes, bring in the documentation for any program that serves the community. Unsure if the project qualifies? Contact Youth Director Jacob Kahn!
Q. Can my child be in BBYO and OTYG?
A. Yes, and many of our OTYGers are members of both organizations. We are totally different organizations with very different kinds of programming so both can enrich your child.
Q. Is membership in OTYG mandatory to attend events?
A. No, although we hope your child will join OTYG as a member, we also understand the many opportunities available to your child and that “picking and choosing” what appeals to them is sometimes an option to joining only one organization.
Q. Are events supervised?
A. An advisor is present at every event. OTYG follows NFTY guidelines of one adult for every 10 teens.
Q. Can Parent Volunteers support our Youth Groups?
A. YES! We would love your support – there is an adult advisory committee as well as times we need extra drivers or volunteers for our fundraising efforts. Let us know you are interested, we will find a place for you to help.
Q. What is a Chavarah?
A. A Chavarah is a weekend long event that brings all the youth groups of our region together.
Q. Is there any financial assistance to help offset the costs of programs and a Chavarah?
A. We value these youth programs and do not want any child to miss out based on finances. Contact Youth Director Jacob Kahn for confidential assistance. No financial information is needed to apply for this scholarship, which provides $100 towards such events several times a year per participant. NFTY-MV provides a limited number of scholarships. Beber Scholarships are available no later than two weeks prior to an event, by contacting Center for Jewish Education Director Mary Sue Grossman, 402-334-6445 or at www.jewishomaha.org.