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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Audience 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 RJ.org, 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.
Articles should be about 800 words in length.
You should include a brief bio (about 3-5 sentences) to accompany your article.
The audience for the Journal is primarily clergy, educators and youth professionals in Reform synagogues and communities across North America. However, please be mindful of the diversity of this population: avoid using acronyms, recognize the diverse roles of all synagogue leadership, and promote joyful Judaism in an inclusive environment.
The URJ reserves the right to suggest revisions and remove content that may not align with the Reform Movements values.
What style of article are you looking for? The Journal focuses on spotlighting successful strategies, experimentation, and innovation in the field of youth engagement. Here are types of posts were looking for:
How-to pieces (e.g. how to create a successful congregational engagement model)
Case studies from your work, with specific examples or ideas from your implementation thus far
Call to action, e.g., the end of a post lists ideas, poses a question, or asks users to post their own thoughts.
Here are some examples of the most-read Journal articles: