Today's young adults have an array of opportunities to express their Judaism and get involved in Jewish communal life, making them increasingly invisible
within synagogue walls. With limited staff and financial resources, congregations, in turn, struggle to engage this cohort successfully. Yet, without this
cohort, the rich fabric of Reform Judaism's congregational communities is diminished and the sustainability of our future is endangered.
The URJ Emerging Young Adult Initiatives community of practice brings together congregations interested in starting or significantly
enhancing their efforts with this cohort, but have not yet successfully done so.
The URJ Emerging Young Adult Initiative community of practice cohort is comprised of eight congregations that share a concern and passion for 20s and 30s
engagement together and seek to advance current strategies. Each congregation team minimally includesone lay leader and one staff
member. Through participation over the 18-month process, these leaders learn together about key challenges and opportunities of young adult engagement,
study best principles from across the field and identify and execute a pilot experiment to scale-up their efforts at home.