We are looking forward to seeing many of you in San Diego next week! This newsletter is designed to tell you about some of the many opportunities that will be offered at the Biennial that relate to college students, as well as provide you with some of the highlights of the KESHER@Biennial program that our College Student Delegates will take advantage of.
Youth Division Consultation Area and Reform Israel Experience Area Congregational leaders can stop by our table any time for one-on-one consultations or to pick up information on any of the programs and resources we offer to meet the needs of college students and assist congregations in serving these students. The Reform Israel Experience Area will showcase our college programs in Israel including Tamarim: Reform Israel program (TRIP), Reform Semester in Israel (RSI) and our TAGLIT-Birthright Israel: URJ KESHER Trip.
URJ College Department -Sponsored Workshops: Please consider attending these workshops sponsored by the College Department that provide innovative strategies for working with college students.
A 15 Wednesday, 2-3:30pm
Keeping Your Congregations College Students Connected
Congregations are the critical link in keeping our college aged constituency connected. This workshop represents a chance for an exchange of ideas, specifically thinking out of the box on how we can help these students through our congregations and increase our impact on campus. In addition to congregations, what are the other strategies for keeping these young adults connected to their Judaism?
C 17 Thursday, 10:30 - Noon
Congregational Leadership and College Support: From WRJ to the College Committee
Discover ways that congregations can help college students feel supported and comfortable while practicing Reform Judaism on a pluralistic campus. This workshop will spotlight models that are currently in place to support this constituency including Senior Sendoff Shabbat, an initiative of the URJ College Department and College Committee.
E 11 Friday, 8:30-10am
Reform on Campus: Politically, Socially, Religiously
Discuss what it means for college students to practice Reform Judaism on a pluralistic campus and consider how to best prepare young adults to appropriately respond to the issues and conflicts that may arise politically, socially and religiously.
F 21: Friday, 1:45-3:15pm
Stand for Israel: Preparing our Students for the College Campus
Explore how to support your college aged constituency facilitate support for Israel, an appreciation for Zionism, and a better understanding of Israels history, culture, values, accomplishments and challenges in the campus setting. Consider how to best prepare these young adults to appropriately respond to the issues and conflicts that may arise during any Israel conversation.
KESHER at Biennial Program As the Reform Movement's premiere event, the Union for Reform Judaism Biennial provides college students with a unique opportunity to interact with congregational delegates, lay leaders and Union staff members from across North America, participate in Biennial workshops and programming, explore San Diego and to connect with other engaged Reform Jewish college students. Students will share learning opportunities, worship, social activities and more with their peers from across North America. While participating in the URJ Biennial, college students will have the opportunity to participate in supplemental college-only programs on the topics of networking, world Jewry, Israel and translating the experience of participating at Biennial.
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