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Thank you for your interest in submitting a thought piece to the Journal of Youth Engagement! We are excited for you to add your voice to the conversation. Please read on for some basic guidelines regarding submission to the Journal. Send submissions to

About the Journal of Youth Engagement 

What is the Journal?
The Journal is a forum of ideas and dialogue for those who are committed to engaging youth in vibrant Jewish life and living. It has become a platform for congregations to share strategies, best principles, case studies and thinking behind decision making that educators, youth professionals, clergy and others can learn from and use to strengthen youth engagement in their own communities. 

Where does the content come from?
The majority of the content is original, written by those in the field themselves, and appears on RJ Blog. It is also available in online format on the URJ website, and is delivered to email inboxes every 4-6 weeks. 

The primary readers of this email are youth professionals, educators, clergy, and lay leaders who work with youth, both across the Reform movement and key partners in the wider Jewish community.

Your piece will be posted to, the Reform Movement's blog, after being shared in our email and will need to align with the blog's submission guidelines. A condensed version of these guidelines can be found in this guide; the full version is available online.

Submission Guidelines


Your post for this thought piece is optimally 800 - 1000 words in length. Telling a story in fewer words that pack a compelling and powerful punch is always more successful in the online space than lengthy, wordy efforts.

Post Styles

Several types of posts are generally acceptable for the email:

  • First-person perspectives or personal essays on matters of youth engagement
  • How-to pieces (e.g. how to create a successful congregational engagement model)
  • Commentary on articles, videos or podcasts of youth and/or adult engagement
  • A good blog post often includes a call to action, e.g. the end of a post lists ideas, poses a question, or asks users to post their own thoughts.
  • is a place for describing new initiatives, especially the trends and events that may have led to their development. First-person perspectives and essays that highlight the work of your organization work particularly well here.

Writing for the Web

  • Do not use underlines or all caps for any reason.
  • Linking is preferred to footnoting.
  • Avoid use of the words "click here" or "here" when linking to a referenced item. Instead, link to a relevant part of the sentence.
  • Wherever possible, link to cited sources and any material that is referred to, especially material that exists on any Reform Movement website.
  • Italicize transliterated Hebrew or other languages and include a translation of such words and phrases upon first mention.
  • Indent paragraphs of quoted material.
  • Use shorter paragraphs when writing for the web - 3-4 sentences is a good target length.


All posts that are submitted for publication are edited for grammar, punctuation, style, and editorial flow. We occasionally will return a submission to its author to suggest changes, omissions, and/or additions that our editing team deems necessary to strengthen the post such that it may become appropriate for publishing on our blog(s).

Title and Bio

All submissions must include a suggested title, subject to modification by blog editors. A compelling title that is descriptive of the content of the post will garner more readers. Additionally, all posts should be signed using the author's real name. A one- or two-line bio should be supplied with the author's title, position, or affiliation, if pertinent.


Reproducing copyrighted material is not permitted. Photos may only be used if you have rights to use them or have received written permission from the copyright owner. Photos on Flickr that use the Creative Commons licensing agreement may be used with a credit, as per the Creative Commons rules. Our editors may add appropriate photos or other graphics at their discretion.


Videos that have been posted on YouTube or Vimeo may be embedded in a blog post without permission from the original poster.

Terms and Conditions

Posts must comply with the URJ's Terms and Conditions, which generally state that any material that is defamatory or violates the rights or privacy of others in any way is not permitted, and that our editors have the right to remove material that is deemed as such.


Posts should not read as advertisements, brochures, or marketing pieces for any event, program or offering, as such posts will discredit the integrity of the blog as a place for discussion of Reform Jewish issues. Instead, if you are seeking to promote an event, program or other offering, choose a topic that is related to it, expound upon it, and mention/link to the product you are promoting at the end of the piece.


Our editors will choose posts to display and feature on the blog and will decide which posts receive "top billing" on the homepage's rotator feature. Additionally, the Reform Movement will promote selected posts via its social media channels, including but not limited to:

  • Social media (Twitter, Facebook, Linkedin, Google+)
  • E-newsletters and listservs
  • Posting on affiliates websites or blogs
  • Encouraging staff, board members, affiliates, and others to read, comment and share posts

Blog authors are encouraged to promote their posts using their personal social networks and to share their posts with their congregations for further promotion.


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