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About the Initiative

Packing for College: Where Does Judaism Fit? is an easy-to implement curriculum for high school juniors and seniors and their parents. Every congregation, regardless of its size, resources, staffing pattern, or geographic location, can utilize the complete curricular materials and resources developed by the Union for Reform Judaism. The flexible curriculum can be adapted to a congregation's unique needs; the facilitator's guide will help any interested congregant or staff member lead participants through the easily accessible workshops.

Teenagers will have the opportunity to talk about their hopes and fears; parents will find support from others going through this difficult transition; and both will gain the tools to communicate with one another respectfully and openly. Drawing upon the experience of thousands of Reform college students, the Union has prepared Packing for College to help families examine how Judaism impacts the decisions they will have to make during this period.

The Packing for College curriculum includes nine innovative, educational sessions that address such teen concerns as choosing which school to attend and living life on one's own and such parental concerns as having an empty nest and letting their children live on their own. It also encourages families to discuss these and other important issues by providing them with the space, time and tools to do so. The curriculum includes the materials, resources, programs, and inspiration that are needed for congregational leadership to better prepare high school juniors and seniors, their families, and their congregations for the challenges and opportunities that will be presented to them as Reform Jews on college campuses. The entire curriculum can be downloaded from our website free of charge.
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