January 17-19, 2020
Shir Ami, Newtown, PA

We are excited to try our newly updated WINSTY event schedule this year! WINSTY, our winter institute, is the PAR social action event. Over Martin Luther King weekend in January, PARites gather at a different synagogue every year to learn about social justice work and participate in a variety of projects within the community. Projects range from cleaning a park to working with sick children to cooking for the homeless to sorting clothes for shelters to a letter writing campaign to the elected state representatives. WINSTY is a wonderful opportunity to give back to our community while having fun with your friends.

We will be offering two WINSTY programs for this week. Please read the information closely so that when you register you know which WINSTY program you want to attend.

  • Option #1: The FULL WINSTY Weekend - Friday, January 17 to Sunday, January 19 - This is the full weekend event. We will begin on Friday with Shabbat dinner, services with the congregation and a evening program. Saturday we will have Shabbat morning services, a Tikkun Talk (social action program), lunch, hands on social action projects, a project debriefing and Havdalah. Sunday everyone will leave at 9am. Participants will stay at host homes who are members of Shir Ami and have completed the PA Background Clearances. Transportation will be provided for certain areas: Pittsburgh, Lancaster and King of Prussia. For everyone else, you will need to provide your own transportation to and from Shir Ami (participants are NOT permitted to drive themselves to a weekend event).
  • Option #2: Saturday ONLY - January 18, 2020 - Everyone will need to arrive by 9am and the daylong event will end at 6pm. We will have Shabbat morning services, a Tikkun Talk (social action program), lunch, hands on social action projects, a project debriefing and Havdalah. Transportation will NOT be provided and participants ARE permitted to drive themselves to the day-long WINSTY event.

Saturday Only: $75 USD

Early Bird: $200 USD
Register by Wednesday, December 11, 2019

Regular: $220 USD
Register by Thursday, January 2, 2020

Space Available: $250 USD
Register after Thursday, January 2, 2020
(must be approved by regional director)

This event is open to any Jewish teen in grades 8 to 12.

  • Prices listed do not include transportation costs
  • All fees are in US Dollars

Drop-off/Pick-up location Address Departure Time TO Event Arrival Time FROM Event
Bus Rodef Shalom, 4905 Fifth Ave., Pittsburgh, PA 9:45am 3:30pm
Bus Emerald Center, 2120 Oregon Pike, Lancaster, PA 2:30pm 10:45am
Bus Brith Achim, 481 South Gulph Road, King of Prussia, PA 3:30pm 9:45am


****These times and locations are tentative.****

Finalized bus arrival and departure information will be sent in confirmation email a week before the event.


All participants traveling by car should arrive at Shir Ami by 4:30pm on Friday, January 17th and should be picked up there at 9:00am on Sunday, January 19th.

Please note that participants may not drive themselves or others to, from, or during NFTY regional events, which does include driving to the bus stop.

Please do not bring anything valuable as NFTY is not responsible for any personal belongings.

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

Through December 20, 2019 – 90%

Through December 27, 2019 – 75%

Through January 3, 2020 – 50%

After January 3, 2020 we will not be able to issue any refunds for cancellation. If you have a documented medical emergency and must cancel after January 3, 2020 you will be refunded 75% of the registration fees you paid.

All cancellation 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.