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September 23, 2014 | 28th Elul 5774

Youth at Biennial [12/08/2013]

 A Message from Rabbi Jonah Pesner

Rabbi Jonah PesnerWhen we last gathered together as a movement 23 months ago, we launched the Campaign for Youth Engagement, a movement-wide commitment to prioritizing youth. Since that time I have traveled across North America and have been inspired by the enthusiasm with which our communities have rallied around this most important cause.
 
This week in San Diego we'll celebrate all that we have accomplished as a movement to engage the next generation, and we'll lay out the URJ's new plan for youth engagement. Over the past 8 months more than 700 voices throughout our movement have been involved in crafting this comprehensive, integrated, year-round strategy which:

  • Leverages URJ services/programs to do what no single congregation can do alone
  • Minimizes barriers to entry including expanding program options and schedules
  • Launches age-appropriate 6th to 8th grade opportunities
  • Prioritizes peer to peer engagement and youth leadership
  • Prioritizes more and better trained adults working with you
  • Supports local engagement

As we aggressively set plans in motion to achieve our goal of engaging a majority of our youth by 2020 we have partnered with so many of you as well as the leadership of our movement including: ACC, ARZA, CCAR, ECE-RJ, HUC-JIR, MRJ, NATA, NATE, RAC, Reform Day Schools, RYPA, and WRJ.
 
If you are attending the Biennial, join one or more of these sessions focused on youth engagement:

If you are not able to join us, the Closing Plenary on Sunday (8:30am PST/11:30am EST) will be streamed live online and on JLTV as part of our virtual biennial.

Following the Biennial, we will be hosting webinars for congregational professionals and leaders as together we put Inspired Engagement in motion.

L'Shalom,

Jonah Pesner - First Name Signature

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