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October 21, 2014 | 27th Tishrei 5775
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Young Adults Engagement
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Today's Jewish community provides a surplus of alternative and personalized ways to "be" Jewish. As a result, many young adults in their 20s and 30s are living their Judaism outside the walls of denominational synagogue life. Realizing that traditional methods of engagement are no longer effective, Reform congregations must think creatively and experiment with innovative partners and young adults to co-create new on-ramps into communal life.

The Young Adult Engagement Active Learning Network seeks to bring together URJ congregational professional and lay leaders that are interested in exploring these concepts and applying them to building vibrant young adult communities. Topics discussed will include: the challenges and benefits of low-barrier entry points, how-to's of building a strong leadership team and the realities of today's "do-it-yourself" Judaism.

Participation is free for URJ congregations. Registration for the current ALN cycle is now closed. Please check this page for any updates or for information about future openings.

Young Adults Engagement Active Learning Network Curriculum
The 4-month curriculum for this ALN will include six components:

  1. Four 20-minute pre-recorded Learning Broadcasts from URJ Expert Faculty Practitioners
    1. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Relationships and Base Support
    2. Rabbi Sam Joseph, Culture and Change
    3. Amy Asin, Experimenting and Measuring
    4. Being a Networked Congregation
  2. Four 60-minute live chat sessions with the URJ Expert Faculty Practitioners following the Learning Broadcasts
  3. Four Pre-Assignments for subject specific webinars
  4. Four 60-minute live subject specific webinars
  5. Reading material, resources and best practices provided throughout
  6. Opportunity to be paired with other congregations participating in the ALN

This session will begin the week of February 24, 2014 and conclude the week of June 9, 2014.

Sample 4-Week Schedule:
The complete syllabus will be distributed to all participants in mid-February.

  • Week 1: Topic 1 - Pre-Recorded Learning Broadcast
    Watch the Topic 1 pre-recorded Learning Broadcast on your own time, whenever is convenient for you!
  • Week 2: Topic 1 - Live Online Chat
    Join our Topic 1 Expert for a live online chat session as (s)he answers all your pressing topical questions. The Live Online Chats will be held on a mid-week day at 1pm ET and 8pm ET.

  • Week 3: Topic 2 - Readings
    Explore this topic through reading hand-selected, relevant, and timely articles and studies, sure to help you better understand this subject area.

  • Week 4: Topic 2 - Live Online Learning Broadcast
    Live online Learning Broadcasts will be held mid-week at 1pm ET or 2pm ET.

Young Adult Engagement ALN Coordinator: Naomi Abelson


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