12-21 Connections focuses on events that helps bring together Messianic youth from across the world, through a variety of Shabbatons, week-long seminars, retreats, and tours to Israel. With such events we hope to grow friendships and Messianic connections, through fun and interactive events that get youth excited about learning the Bible, developing a relationship with God and others in their community.
12-21 Shavu'ot Conference
May 28th-31st, 2017
As we grow up, different life situations begin to present themselves. We are then faced with different choices that will ultimately define our destiny. In a world that is constantly contending for our attention, and with peer pressure from others, how do we know which choices are right and good? God tells us “There are two ways: one of life and one of death; however, there is a great difference between the two ways.” Didache 1:1
Today, God still asks us to choose life. Yet how do we know which path is the path of truth with so many voices around us? With so many voices that are negative and pull us to the path of darkness—how can we be sure we are choosing the right path? How do we know that we are walking in the way of life?
Come join the 12-21 initiative for this year’s Shavuot teaching tract “The Two Roads.” Together we will explore these questions through an ancient work called the Didache that contains practical instruction for living a life of discipleship to Yeshua. Come meet new friends, enjoy our annual cookout, play lots of volleyball, and enjoy a cruise on the St. Croix River!
August 10th-20th, 2017
Join us for the summer of a lifetime in the Wisconsin Dells! Read more information about Camp Tzadi here.
Israel Youth Adventure Tour
Tentatively scheduled for 2019
Join 12-21 for an adventurous two-week trip to Israel on our Youth Adventure Tour. For ages eighteen to twenty one, the Israel Youth Adventure tour is a life-changing trip focused on Israel connection through in-depth touring of the Holy Land—modern Israel—exploring the history of Messianic Judaism in the Land and exploring the land of the Bible through fun, interactive adventures. Itinerary will include: backpacking in Israel, volunteering with Holocaust survivors, Israeli Defenses Forces, working the land in Judea and Samaria and hosting Shabbat dinners for local Israelis. Contact us for more information.
First 12-21 Event: Unlocking the Parables
During the 2016 National Shavu'ot Conference, FFOZ's new 12-21 Initiative kicked of its first ever meeting, only half a block down the street from Beth Immanuel in Hudson, Wisconsin. The young adults in attendance were presented with lectures addressing the parables of Yeshua and were taught how to understand the context and meaning of such passages. The independence offered by the separation of the youth from the adults created a context that encouraged open, peer-level discussion and opportunities for each student to develop their own thoughts and perspective.
December 29th-January 1st, 2016
At the end of 2016 over Hanukkah, First Fruits of Zion’s 12-21 Initiative hosted its first event. More than 50 kids and young adults between the ages of twelve and twenty-one gathered in Hudson, Wisconsin to celebrate Hanukkah, where they spent almost four days together learning, praying, worshiping, and fellowshiping. It was a weekend no one will soon forget. The first event in the 12-21 program was a smashing success.