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The Journal of Youth Engagement is a forum of ideas and dialogue on Inspired Engagement. Join the conversation by submitting your article on the strategies and methodologies you are experimenting with to engage youth in your community.

Questioning the Essence of the B'nai Mitzvah
by Kathy Schwartz
Congregation Har Hashem, Boulder, CO

How might we imagine a bat mitzvah that developed from student learning rather than dictated by a set of prayer requirements? One congregation shares their insights and strategies from experimenting with the B'nai Mitzvah Revolution. Read more>


Understanding Teen Brains, Creating Jewish Adults
by Dr. Betsy Stone
Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion

In our work as youth professionals, are we trying to create a youth community, or plant the seeds for vibrant, lifelong Jewish living? Understanding adolescent neurology can help unlock secrets for successful youth engagement. Read More>


Why BBYO is Our Partner
by Rabbi David E. Levy
Westchester Reform Temple, Scarsdale, NY

What is the role of the synagogue in the “multiplex” of compelling local offerings for teenagers? One rabbi shares his congregation’s strategy for ensuring that there’s an option for every teen. Read more>


Last week, more than 200 professionals and stakeholders traveled to Atlanta for the Youth Summit at NFTY Convention, a premiere learning and networking experience for adults working with youth. We're pleased to share notes, reflections, and resources from the more than 25 learning sessions that were presented by professionals from across the country. 

Join the conversation and access these resources in the Youth Engagement group in the Tent.
Youth Engagement Around the Web
How PJ Library Helped Our Congregation Engage Families with Young Children
How one congregation's made a significant change that led to a 66% increase in young family memberships.

Inclusion is Great. Now what?
As educators and community leaders, we work hard to create inclusive environments, but it's up to all the other individuals in that environment to set the tone. Start with these tips. 

$9.2 Million Initiative Aims to Expand Jewish Summer Options for Teens
A new initiative in the New York area inspires innovation and creativity for summer programming, and a new approach to "meeting them where they're at." 

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