Journal of Youth Engagement

Journal of Youth Engagement

Young teens gathered around the bimah as they look at an open Torah scroll

Is the glass half full or half empty?

By Miriam Chilton and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
NFTY Teenagers

I thought Thursday, September 8th was going to be a typical Thursday evening on a call with teens – an hour-long call in which we’d likely encounter some tech problems, side conversation

Beth Lipschutz
Beth Emet Fronteras Trip Photos

At the end of March this year, I joined with 15 of my students for six days of living and learning with the Cristo Rey Lutheran Church in El Paso, Texas – an organization that runs the U.S.-Mexico

Abby Backer
Teens Gesher Program

Imagine a congregational school in which the Sunday before a child’s Bar or Bat Mitzvah is their last day of classes, forever.

Stefani Carlson

After the first day of religious school classes at Monmouth Reform Temple this year, I sat with key lay leaders to recap the day.

Stephanie Fields

Greg Kellner, director at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy in Byfield, MA, is the recipient of the

Elena Paull

As a child, I spent a significant amount of my time in services counting – counting the pages until the end of the service, the number of lights on the ceiling, how many seats were occupied by cong

Barrett Harr

This fall, Congregation Sinai in Milwaukee, Wisconsin, is launching a new family education program called “Shabbat Shelanu: A Shared Shabbat Experience.”

Barbara Shimansky

I often share the story of a conversation I had with a colleague about her childhood synagogue experience.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham

Last February, a beloved, young member of our congregational community committed suicide. He left behind questions about his motivation, about what secrets he had held – but no note.

Betsy Stone