Dear WAFTY 5774,
My name is Em Rubenstein and I am the WAFTY Advisor at Congregation B’nai Shalom. For those who don't know me, my family has been members of Congregation B'nai Shalom since 1994 and I also spent my high school years as an active WAFTY board member! I'm very excited to have the opportunity to lead WAFTY this year as Advisor.
We have a dedicated and hard-working Board this year with a lot of creativity. We plan to have plenty of great opportunities for the 9th-12th graders of B'nai Shalom to get involved and see what WAFTY is all about!
High school students do not have to be a member of WAFTY to participate in local WAFTY events, but events are discounted for members. Membership is $36 per person and forms to apply are located in the box on this page. All forms should be completed and returned to the WAFTY mailbox in the main Temple office. You may also scan and return via email to me at .
If your son or daughter joins WAFTY, they also have the opportunity to attend regional events which bring all of the NFTY Northeast youth groups together. Levi Leap is the first annual NFTY event of the year! It will be hosted by BATY in Framingham, MA on Saturday, October 26.
If you have any questions about WAFTY or upcoming events, please feel free to contact me at
WAFTY Youth Advisor
JUNIOR WAFTY (Grade 7 & 8)
Like the Senior WAFTY group, Junior WAFTY will participate in a variety of special and fun programs and social events as well as be involved in an annual regional sleep over in Brookline. This active and growing group, under the direction of the Youth Educator , also participates in Senior WAFTY programs as appropriate.
WAFTY "LIGHT" (Grades 5 & 6)
Periodic Sunday afternoons or Saturday evenings provides the time for this initial youth group experience. We begin with the premise that the Temple is a place for young people to learn social skills in a context of Jewish values. WAFTY "Light" offers social and community service programs in a fun and creative context. WAFTY "Light" holds 4-5 events per year which are intended to foster Jewish identity and to promote Jewish friendships outside of religious school by creating social opportunities. These programs are led by the Youth Educator assisted by high school students.