NFTY-SOCAL Social Justice Kallah

Be brave and engage to promote change at SJK, an amazing two-day retreat embodying our year-round focus on awareness, advocacy, and action on pressing issues.

  • Make new friends and reconnect with old friends from NFTY, Camp, Israel and Mitzvah Corps
  • Engage with peers and experts about current issues, and learn to utilize information for action by participating in social justice-themed programs and activities
  • Celebrate Friday night Shabbat with Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot in Irvine
  • Enjoy a home-stay with our warm Orange County community
  • Sing your heart out in shira
  • Explore the interconnectedness of prayer and social justice
  • Have big fun at Big Fun!

Frequently Asked Questions 

Where will participants be staying?
Participants will mainly be staying in homes of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot families or homes of families from other URJ congregations in the area. Each participant will have an individual space to sleep in their respective host home. Host home families will be at their homes whenever participants are there. Regional staff will be staying in the area and available to the host families as needed.

Who will be transporting teens from Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot to host homes?
The host families will be driving participants back and forth from their homes to Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot on Friday and Saturday. Programming during the day takes place on the campus of Congregation Shir Ha-Ma’alot.

Who will be providing meals?
NFTY SOCAL will be providing meals for the entire event. This includes Friday night dinner, Saturday morning breakfast, Saturday Lunch and Saturday dinner.

When does the event conclude?
The event will conclude on Saturday night, November 23rd. Buses will depart after our evening programming.

Please read event updates posted to this page. If you have any questions please reach out to

Late Registration: $280
Register by November 10th at 8:00 PM

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 9 to 12.


  • Registration is hosted by URJ Camp Newman. If you have attended a previous NFTY event or summer program at Camp Newman, you already have an account in our system.
  • Teens are expected to participate in the entire event. Fees are set at a full package rate and we cannot prorate registration.
  • A limited number of scholarship discounts are available for this event.

Scholarship Policy

**Updated Scholarship Policy**

Southern California teens are eligible for a scholarship through NFTY SOCAL.

We offer $100 off for all first-time participants. For general scholarships we are able to offer no more than $60 per event.

We make every effort to ensure that no teen will miss an event due to financial restraints. If you are in need of more scholarship please email

To apply for this scholarship, please fill out the form below.

Click Here to find the form.

*Please note, discounts and scholarships are manually added, and will not show when you register for the event. You'recredit card will not automatically be charged and will be charged manually with the relevant discounts and scholarships added.

Transportation Information 

Participants may not drive themselves to or from the event or NFTY provided transportation. If traveling by car, the driver must be a parent or guardian over the age of 21.

Car Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot

3652 Michelson Drive 

Irvine, CA 92612

4:00 PM 10:00 PM
Valley Temple Judea

5429 Lindley Ave.

Tarzana, CA 91356

1:30 PM 11:30 PM
West LA University Synagogue

11960 Sunset Blvd.

Los Angeles, CA 90049

1:45 PM 11:30 PM
San Diego Temple Solel

3575 Manchester Ave.

Cardiff, CA 92007

3:15 PM 11:30 PM

Please arrive 15 minutes early to your bus stop to allow for check-in. 

Bus stops subject to change based on availability. Please make sure to check pre-event email for finalized times.

Participants may travel by car if driven by a parent or guardian over the age of 21.

Participants will receive a pre-event phone call within 1-2 weeks of the event. Participant Families will receive a pre-event email 1 week before the event. These confirmations include finalized travel information, packing list, contact information and other important event details.

A packing list will be emailed one week before the event. 

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

Through October 25, 2019 – 90%

Through November 1, 2019 – 75%

Through November 8, 2019 – 50%

After November 8, 2019, we will not be able to issue any refunds for cancellation. If you have a documented medical emergency and must cancel after November 8, 2019, you will be refunded 75% of the registration fees you paid. Please note that we cannot offer credits in exchange for refunds.

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