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