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October 4, 2015 | 21st Tishrei 5776

Redoubling our efforts [10/14/2013]

Two years ago, the Campaign for Youth Engagement was launched at the URJ Biennial in Washington, DC. Our movement rallied around the cause and is engaging more youth and teens in our communities.
In 58 days we'll be together again, this time in San Diego at Biennial 2013. We are excited to share plans to continue to expand and redouble our efforts. There will be opportunities for teens, parents, congregational leaders, youth engagement professionals, educators, and clergy to think, learn, collaborate, reflect, and continue to take action together:

  • Share in the findings of the youth engagement study and participate in the development and implementation of the plan
  • Attend the first-ever 4 hour Youth Engagement Intensive which will explore the pressing questions of our time including:
    • How are young people blazing paths in the world?
    • What tools and techniques are necessary in a more youth-centered culture?
    • With teens searching for answers beyond the synagogue, how will the role of the youth practitioner change and how will it remain constant?
    • Is the concept of youth ministry one that can be successfully adapted to the Reform Movement?
  • Participate in learning sessions that will share successful strategies, generate conversation and inspire innovation in your congregation including:
    • Collaborative Innovation: Models of Camp-Congregation Partnership
    • Community of Practice: Experimenting with Innovative Approaches to Engaging Young Families
    • B'nai Mitzvah Revolution: Lessons Learned in the First Year
    • Service Learning: A Meaningful Tool for Engagement and Justice
    • A Journey of Transformation: Taking the "School" Out of "Religious School" and Beyond
  • Network with others committed to engaging the next generation
  • Reconnect with alumni of NFTY, camps, Israel programs, Mitzvah Corps, and all other URJ youth programs at the largest cohort gathering at the biennial
  • Bring teens with you to partake in the new NFTY Teens at Biennial experience which has lowered the cost for teens with home-host options, and offers new opportunities to participate in both teen-only sessions and those on the Biennial schedule.
Join us. Continue the conversation. Biennial registration early bird deadline is this Friday, October 18.
I look forward to seeing you in San Diego.
Rabbi Bradley Solmsen

P.S. Here are 3 things happening in youth engagement that I want to make sure you know about:

In the Winter 2013 Reform Judaism magazine, Reform congregations that have successfully reimagined the post-b'nai mitzvah experience show us how to excite teens about Judaism.

Science, Judaism, and creating a new camp! As registration opens for the 14th URJ Camp, 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy is the first Jewish Camp of it's kind in North America.


What better way to trumpet our commitment to youth engagement than to have teens lead the congregation through the final moments of the High Holy Days. (EJewishPhilanthropy)

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