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Youth Engagement
Summer Spotlight

Welcome Home Kids

As you prepare to welcome your congregants home from their summer at camp, in Israel or another program, help them to share their experiences with the congregation throughout the year:

Youth Committees

Youth Committee Resources
The Youth Committee has primary responsibility for creating, sustaining and overseeing the quality, scope and curriculum of the synagogue’s total youth program. It is the liaison between the youth group, other youth programs and the congregation. It is both the adult advocate for the youth programming in the temple community and the agent of the congregation, ensuring that the philosophies, policies and standards of the synagogue are implemented in the youth program.

Youth Worker Resources
Check out some practical ideas that are immediately useful for Jewish youth workers and those who work with Jewish teens. These resources can help support the work you do as Jewish youth workers. More
Camp "Ambassador" Resources
Congregational "Ambassadors" volunteer to help introduce other parents within your temple and community to the joys and benefits of URJ camping. Our Ambassador Resources include a number of useful hints, practical tools, and sample materials that are designed to make your role easier and more productive.
Job Opportunities and Professional Development
The Union for Reform Judaism, our members congregations and other Reform affiliates are looking for motivated and qualified Jewish youth professionals. See a listing of available positions.

Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion (HUC-JIR) offers a certificate in Jewish Education specializing in Adolescents and Young Adults.

RYPA - Reform Youth Professionals Association
RYPA is an association for all full-time, part-time, clergy, volunteer and other professionals who work with Reform Jewish Youth.  The Reform Youth Professionals' Association is a community of professionals who are striving to make an impact on Jewish Youth.
Campaign for Youth Engagement: Committing to the Jewish Future

The Campaign for Youth Engagement is a focused, strategic effort to leverage the full strength and talent of every corner of the Reform Movement to engage and retain the majority of our youth by the year 2020.

Program Opportunities for Congregants ages 8 to 26

The URJ Youth and College programs function at the local, regional and North American level, enabling our participants to interact with other Reform Jewish youth to further their commitment to their home congregation and the Reform Movement. Our family of programs include NFTY teen programming, URJ Camp and Israel Programs and the Religious Action Center.

Stay Updated

Subscribe to e-mail newsletters with updates from NFTY, the Campaign for Youth Engagement and URJ Camp & Israel Programs. Every email includes best-practices, program highlights and information for you and your congregation.

College & Young Adults

Our Staying in Touch resources offer guidance in how to maintain a connection with your college-age students. Resources include the Union's Packing for College program and our senior send-off program.

The Union for Reform Judaism and its partners, including MASA and Taglit-Birthright Israel, offer short-term and long-term programs in Israel for College students and recent college graduates.

Learn new, innovative ways to make people in their 20s and 30s an integral, active part of your synagogue. Our materials will help you understand how to reach out and welcome them and offer programs and worship opportunities that will speak to their lives and interests.


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