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Young AdultsImagine Reform congregations filled with people in their 20s and 30s. Imagine a young, vibrant presence that enhances all aspects of synagogue life. Imagine your congregation as a place where future leaders are formed. Imagine the difference they will make.

Today, people are marrying and having children later than ever before. The reasons that young adults affiliated with a congregation have changed. Don’t wait for marriage and children to make people in their 20s and 30s an integral, active part of your synagogue. Reach out and welcome them, offer programs and worship opportunities that will speak to their lives and interests. We have the resources to assist you.

Programs & Resources
  • 18 Ways Your Congregation Can Welcome and Engage 20s 30s in your community
    Learn how to welcome and engage 20s and 30s and make your congregation "the place to be"! Print this out or order a copy by emailing Lisa Lieberman Barzilai.
  • Financial Incentives and Leadership Opportunities for Young Adults
    Ideas for engaging young adults: creative dues structure models, leadership opportunities, and links to congregations offering these incentives. Also includes a brief introduction to young adult programming and leadership development.
  • Connect: Join the Sparks and Ruach Listserv
    Are you a leader in 20s and 30s programming in your synagogue? Join this list to communicate regularly with other leaders across North America. Network and share programming ideas, engage in brainstorming and problem solving, and contribute to the collective wisdom on serving this very important onstituency. To join, email Lisa Lieberman Barzilai.
  • The Outreach and Membership Idea Book
    Features 19 award-winning programs from synagogues across North America, including a 20s and 30s chapter.
  • The Outreach and Membership Idea Book, Volume II
    More award-winning programs, including a chapter on 20s and 30s.
  • The Outreach and Membership Idea Book Volume III
    Outreach and Membership Idea Book Volume III features award-winning, cutting-edge programs for use in your congregation. Find new strategies for recruitment, retention, and integration from Reform synagogues across North Amercia. Discover programs that offer innovative ways to connect to new and young families and stay connected to college students and 20s/30/s. Learn how other congregations welcome diverse families, learn from teens in interfaith families, and create a culture that encourages and supports conversion.
  • The Outreach and Membership Idea Book Volume IV
    Discover programs that offer innovative ways to reinvigorate Outreach in your congregation, including imaginative full spectrum Outreach programs, engaging conversion candidates, a new model for interfaith couples groups and a program to build on the success of Introduction to Judaism. Learn about new ways of early engagement of unaffiliated young families, welcoming adoptive families and staying connected to 20s/30s even after they move to the big city. Find new best practices on engaging new members and baby boomers, as well as providing support to Jewish Troops in the US Armed Forces.
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Young Adults in their 20s and 30s

One of a series of ads available to member congregations. To learn more, please email 

Connect with a Specialist
Member congregations are encouraged to contact a specialist from the Union's Congregational Consulting Group for additional resources and support:
Lisa Lieberman Barzilai Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
Young Adult Education Specialist

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Phone: 212.650.4081
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