NFTY SOCAL Senior Event & Spring Kallah

Dear NFTY SOCAL,

At the URJ, our chief concern is for the safety, health, and well-being of the participants and staff of our programs. As such, as part of our normal due diligence, we continue to closely monitor the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19), and our leaders are in close communication with leading public health officials and medical authorities, both locally and globally.

Based on their recommendations, and in keeping with decisions made by organizations similar to ours, we’re writing today with an important update amid this rapidly evolving situation.

NFTY SOCAL’s Senior Event & Spring Kallah (April 23-26) will no longer be held.  The event has been cancelled. 

We are immensely grateful for your words of encouragement during this difficult time. We also know that many of you have administrative and programmatic questions on your mind. Please understand that the staff of the URJ is working remotely—and that it may take us some time to address these questions.

Please rest assured that URJ staff is working around the clock to make decisions, find answers, and chart new courses of action that will allow us to continue creating the transformative connections that are at the core of our Reform Jewish movement. We are deeply grateful for your continued patience amid these exceptional and unexpected circumstances.

We will continue to communicate updated information and virtual opportunities to you in the days and weeks to come. In the meantime, please visit our social media (@nftysocal or NFTY SOCAL’s Facebook page), as well as URJ.org and ReformJudaism.org, for resource-sharing and for information about virtual experiences during this time of physical distance.

Together, we pray for a full recovery of those who are sick and for a swift end to the spread of the virus.

Rachel Dubowe, NFTY SOCAL Regional Advisor & URJ CA Camps Assistant Director
Matthew Ghan, NFTY SOCAL Assistant Regional Advisor
Rabbi Allie Fischman, Director of NFTY West & URJ Camp Newman