Craig Rosen is a Youth Specialist for the Union for Reform Judaism. As a Youth Specialist, he can provide support to congregations seeking guidance in many areas of youth programming and education, both formal and experiential. These areas include retaining and engaging post b'nai mitzvah youth in congregational life, building youth committees, and addressing teen issues in the congregation. He also specializes in youth advisor hiring, training and support, LGBT issues as they relate to our youth, and creating and maintaining a youth budget.
Craig has been with the Union since 2008, serving as the Regional Director of Youth and Education for the Pacific Southwest Council. He actually began his youth work over 20 years ago serving as the NFTY So Cal (SCFTY) Regional Director and camp programmer and administrator at Camp Newman/Swig. He has many years of experience combining both formal and informal education in a variety of settings. Prior to joining the URJ he has worked for Kol Tikvah in Woodland Hills, CA as their Youth Director, the JCC in Seattle as their Youth and Family Program Director, Congregation B'nai B'rith in Santa Barbara and Congregation Ner Tamid in Henderson, NV as their Director of Lifelong Learning.
Craig Rosen serves as the team leader of finance on the board of the National Association of Temple Educators (NATE). He is also an accomplished singer/songwriter and has performed his original Jewish music for audiences around the world. Craig lives with his husband Rocco, daughter Eliza, and his dog Zelda in Las Vegas (Henderson), NV