See you at
Natty Con 2019!

What Is Natty Con?

“Natty Con” is our once-annual, all-in, go-big-or-go-home, three-day immersive experience that brings together Moishe House residents and MHWOW hosts from across North America. Short for “North American Training Conference,” Natty Con is the one time each year where we put all our other responsibilities aside and dig deep into what it means to be a part of Moishe House and how we can all be better at creating peer-led communities for Jewish young adults. Check out some highlights from two years ago at Natty Con 2017:

In 2019, Natty Con will take place September 6-8 at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in Oconomowoc, WI. We’re expecting about 250 residents and MHWOW hosts from across North America, as well as plenty of Moishe House staff, board members and partners.

Michael H. K. Cohen Award

We are honored to announce we will be taking nominations for the second Michael H. K. Cohen Award and Travel Fellowship, to be given to two Moishe House residents and/or Moishe House Without Walls hosts, one at Natty Con 2019 and another at Internatty Con 2019. The winners of the award are people who combine a passion for adventure and travel with warmth, kindness, curiosity, intelligence, and a love of Judaism – the special qualities Michael brought to the world during his 28 years. The award provides the recipient with an opportunity to travel to any Moishe House International location around the world [that the recipient has not previously visited] to absorb the local culture and share in the Jewish expatriate experience. The award was created and endowed by Michael’s family and friends as a memorial after his death at age 28.

HOW TO NOMINATE A MOISHE HOUSE COMMUNITY BUILDER FOR THE AWARD

The Award committee is currently accepting nominations of Moishe House residents and MHWOW hosts attending Natty Con, Lati Con, RSJ Con, or Internatty Con 2019. Two recipients will be recognized at two of these four conferences. Moishe House residents may be nominated by other residents, and MHWOW hosts may be nominated by MHWOW staff or hosts. The nominations should be for residents or hosts who embody the following qualities and values, especially through their involvement in Moishe House:

  • Warmth – showing a warm spirit, making others feel welcome, especially in new and unfamiliar circumstances
  • Kindness – being mindful of and acting for the good of others
  • Curiosity – an inquisitive spirit towards other cultures, places, ideas and experiences
  • Intelligence – the application of intelligence towards altruistic and beneficial ends
  • Love of Judaism – a demonstrated desire to nurture and enhance Jewish life, community and culture

Nominations must be received by 8pm Eastern Time on Wednesday, July 31st.

Click HERE to learn about the 2018 awardees – Deanna Goldner and Myles Starr. 

RSVP & Apply

Are you a resident? Let us know you’re coming by registering here! We can’t wait to see you there. Make sure to register by July 31st!

Are you an MHWOW host?  Any and all MHWOW hosts are welcome to apply here by June 30th! We would love to be able to see all our awesome hosts attend Natty Con, but due to the size of our huge host community and a limited number of spaces at camp, we can only accept 30 hosts to join our Natty Con cohort. Questions? Please ask your MHWOW staff member or email us at withoutwalls@moishehouse.org!

Lead a Peer-Led Session

We want you (yep, that’s right YOU!) to submit an idea that you would like to share at Natty Con with residents and MHWOW hosts. One of the things that makes Natty Con so special is that over half of the training sessions are led or co-led by a resident or MHWOW host. What “Moishe Magic” have you experienced with your community that is “more than a feeling” (spoiler alert: that’s the Natty Con 2019 theme!) Your “magic” might be new ways of outreach, dynamic programming ideas, or lessons learned when things didn’t go according to plan.

This year, we are dividing learning into three sections: Moishe Essentials, Moishe Immersives, and QuickTakes.

Moishe Essentials are 1 hour sessions of learning about foundational Moishe House knowledge. Think about what you wish you would have known at the very beginning. Or if you are new to the Moisheverse, what do you think you need to know to start off on the right foot? Past sessions have included:

  • Dollars and Sense: Managing Your Monthly Budget 
  • Moishe Marketing: Keep it Short and Simple 
  • On One Foot: Facilitating Accessible Jewish Learning 

Moishe Immersives let you deep dive into a particular topic for 90 minutes. These sessions will be more niche and allow residents and hosts to explore new topics or ideas. Keep in mind, attendees will have varying degrees of background info. Facilitators should feel comfortable teaching and answering questions from anyone. Check out what has been done in the past:

  • Israel Programming: Beyond the Hummus
  • Risky Business: Not Just a Tom Cruise Movie
  • Lost in Translation: Exploring Jewish Cultural Narratives

A QuickTake is a 10-15 minute casual conversation on a topic that could benefit a Moishe House community. You would lead a session during some of our flexible programming times (i.e. a meal, free time, or during an open session). Check out what has been done in the past:

  • Building a Community Board 
  • Really Real Relating: Making Meaningful Connections 
  • Moishe Mindset in Action 

Frequently Asked Questions

+ - Do I pay to attend Natty Con?

A: As a resident of a Moishe House: Nope, Natty Con is an all-inclusive experience, just make sure you register by July 31st! We will pay for your travel to and from OSRUI in Wisconsin, your food, accommodations, supplies AND a few surprises.

If you register and book your flights before July 31, we can guarantee your entire flight will be covered based on your allotted budget. If you register later than July 31, you will be asked to cover the difference between your allotted budget and the final price.

As an MHWOW host or resident of a Pod: You will receive a travel subsidy budget based upon where you currently live in relation to OSRUI.

For hosts and residents: To attend Natty Con, you are expected to place a $50 deposit to be returned to you after your full participation at Natty Con. We want Natty Con to be financially feasible for all so if you have questions or concerns, please contact your Moishe House staff representative or contact us at nattycon@moishehouse.org.

+ - Will Moishe House cover my Uber/Lyft/Taxi to the airport or parking at the airport?

A: Unfortunately, we are not able to cover these travel related costs from your home airport. Be sure to coordinate with other residents and hosts coming from your city to lower the cost of getting to your local airport.

Once you arrive, Moishe House will be providing transportation from Chicago O’Hare International Airport (ORD), Milwaukee General Mitchell Airport (MKE) and from one of the Chicago area Moishe Houses to get you to camp. If your flight is delayed and you can no longer make a Moishe House provided bus, have no fear, we will work with you on the best way to get you to Natty Con!

+ - Is this a Jewish learning conference?

A: Yes AND it is so much more! Natty Con includes large sessions about Moishe House and small sessions about every topic you can imagine related to your role as a resident or host. The weekend also includes Shabbat experiences (we’ve got options to suit your observance level) and opportunities for text study, free time, a celebration of all your hard work and plenty of time to bond with residents and hosts from across the continent.

+ - Do I have to attend Natty Con?

A: If you are a resident in a house in North America, you are expected to attend, as described in your resident handbook. Please contact your Resident Support team member ASAP if you have a conflict. While it’s not a requirement as a resident in a Pod in North America, we highly encourage you attend this three-day immersive weekend of fun and learning!

If you are an MHWOW host, you must apply to attend, as there are a limited number of spaces available. You must be an active host through September 30, 2019, anyone who is exited before that time will not be accepted.

+ - Is this exclusive to North American residents and hosts?

A: Natty Con is just for North America, but Moishe House residents outside of North America have other training conferences that are similar to Natty Con. If you live outside of North America, keep an eye out for information about the conference that you are invited to attend.

+ - I have food restrictions. How can I be sure I'll have something that I can eat?

A:  All of the meals at Natty Con will be kosher, and we will have plenty of options to accommodate dietary restrictions. When you fill out your RSVP form, you’ll be able to specify what restrictions you have. If you have any additional concerns, please be sure to contact the Natty Con team at nattycon@moishehouse.org.

+ - Is camp ADA accessible?

A: For the most part, yes. Most programming spaces and housing options are ADA accessible, though many of the pathways are gravel and not paved. If you have questions regarding how camp’s facilities are ADA accessible or accommodations as it pertains to your personal mental health and well being, please contact your Regional Manager or MHWOW Program Manager for more information.

+ - I keep Shabbat. Can I do that at Natty Con?

A: We make every effort to honor everyone’s Shabbat practices at Moishe House gatherings. We offer a variety of service options on Friday evening and Sunday morning, have Shabbat-observant cabins and our “Shabbos Yo” policy, which means that if an activity interferes with your Shabbat practice, you don’t have to participate. Due to the nature of some of our spaces and sessions, some electronics, like projectors and microphones will be used occasionally. If you have concerns about Shabbat observance at Natty Con, please reach out to Rabbi Brad Greenstein.

Still have questions?
Please email nattycon@moishehouse.org and we’ll answer as soon as we can!