Register for the JOSTY Shul In 2017!

Participant registration is open!  REGISTER NOW!

Advisor registration is open!  REGISTER NOW!

When: Saturday, January 21st – Sunday, January 22nd, 1:00 pm – 9:00 am

This Year’s JOSTY Shul In

This year, the JOSTY shul-in will offer five interest-based programs, and participants will get to select two for a totally personalized experience! Choose from visual arts, drama, sports, music or science & technology! We’ll be joined by experts in these areas, including professionals from URJ 6 Points Sports and Sci-Tech Academies!

We will do our best to give everyone their top program choices.  Instead of a dance, we will have awesome evening activities that everyone can enjoy!

About the JOSTY Shul In

Temple Ohabei Shalom has a long and amazing tradition of hosting the JOSTY Shul In (Junior Ohabei Shalom Temple Youth) each winter.  Every year, we open our doors to the 6th,  7th & 8th graders in the Northeastern Region of NFTY so that they can get a little taste of what NFTY is like.

Every Winter, this annual event gives nearly 150-200 future NFTYites the chance to make connections with each other and discover the amazing Jewish community around them!  It’s a great way for 6th-8th graders to get their toes wet, make Jewish friends outside of their own congregations, and connect with a wider community!

The JOSTY Shul In is a unique and special event because it is run by NFTYites for future NFTYites!  NFTYites chosen by the NFTY NE Regional Board join OSTY to lead this amazing event.  If you are in OSTY and would like to be a part of the JOSTY Shul In this year, email Fallon Rubin, OSTY advisor, at

Frequently Asked Questions

Who can attend the JOSTY Shul In?

Participants must be in 6th, 7th or 8th grade at their secular school to attend this event.

Where is the JOSTY Shul In?

The JOSTY Shul In always takes place at Temple Ohabei Shalom in Brookline, MA.  Our address for postal mail or GPS is:

Temple Ohabei Shalom
1187 Beacon Street
Brookline, MA 02446

Who is supervising my child at the JOSTY Shul In?

At the JOSTY Shul In, we maintain a ratio of 10:1 for participants to staff.  Each congregation attending the event is responsible for maintaining this ratio for the participants from their congregation through one or more chaperones chosen by the congregation.  Most likely, this will be your child’s youth group advisor, another religious school teacher, or a peer’s parent.  Please contact your congregation if you have any questions about the chaperone(s) they will be coordinating.

In addition, about 30 high school teens, known as JOSTY Personnel, will be helping to lead all activities for participants during the event.  These teens are either members of Temple Ohabei Shalom or are active in NFTY and have been specifically selected by the NFTY NE Regional Board to help run this event as Jewish role models for the participants.  All JOSTY Personnel complete a specially designed leadership training program to be able to run this event.

What meals will my child be fed at the JOSTY Shul In?

We provide a snack on Saturday afternoon, dinner on Saturday night, snacks on Saturday night, and breakfast Sunday morning.  We do not provide lunch on Saturday, so please eat before you arrive.

What if my child has allergies or a special diet?

When you register for the JOSTY Shul In, you will have the opportunity to identify and explain all of your child’s allergies, food needs, and any other needs.  After you have registered your child, if you still have questions or concerns, please do not hesitate to contact us.  We can accommodate most diets, but in the event that it is safest for your child to bring their own food, we will contact you before the event and provide a space to store your child’s food during the event.

How does my child get to the JOSTY Shul In?

Transportation is not provided for the JOSTY Shul In, but your congregation may be getting a bus or coordinating parent carpools.  Please contact your congregation for more information.

Where do I go when I arrive at the JOSTY Shul In?

If you are just dropping off: Pull up to the front of the building on Beacon Street and you will see JOSTY Personnel directing people into one of the doors to our building.  Once everyone you are dropping off has unloaded their things and gone into the building, you are all set!

If you are a chaperone: Pull up to the front of the building on Beacon Street, and someone will direct you to where you will be able to park your car overnight.  This can vary from year to year, so please check in with us about where to park before coming in so that you can avoid getting a parking ticket later.

What should I bring to the JOSTY Shul In?

You should bring a sleeping bag, pillow, pajamas, change of clothes, toiletries, can of tuna or box of cereal for donation to Family Table, and anything else you need for a sleepover!

Is there scholarship available for the JOSTY Shul In?

Please contact your synagogue for scholarship information because your synagogue may have scholarship funds available for youth activities such as this one.

What is the refund policy for the JOSTY Shul In?

We are able to provide refunds until registration closes.

I am an advisor, what are my responsibilities before and during the JOSTY Shul In?

As the advisor or chaperone for your congregation, it is your responsibility to coordinate any transportation for your youth group should you choose.  It is also your responsibility to maintain our required 10:1 ratio for participants to chaperones for your participants for the entirety of the event.  If your group has more than 10 participants, you should plan to bring a second chaperone with you.

Please make yourself generally available during the event in case we need an extra pair of hands or one of your participants needs you.  There will be times that we will need all hands on deck, and we will let you know when those are at the beginning of the event.

If you intend to switch off chaperones during the event, please make sure to let us know via email before the event so that we know who is responsible for your participants at all times in case of an emergency.


Still have questions about the JOSTY Shul In?  Contact Fallon Rubin, Youth Educator, at