Stephanie Fink, MAJCS, RJE (she/her) serves as Associate Director, Network Expansion Experiences Content & Implementation at the URJ. She is a key member of the team designing activities to connect a diverse community of young people and their grown-ups with the Reform movement, its camps and Israel programs, and its social justice work. Stephanie also writes and curates content of interest to parents at ReformJudaism.org.
Stephanie grew up in Cleveland, attended Indiana University and the Hebrew University of Jerusalem, earned her MA at Brandeis as a Wexner Graduate Fellow, and served as a congregational educator for ten years before joining the URJ. A proud alumna of NFTY-Northeast Lakes and former board member of the Association of Reform Jewish Educators, Stephanie and her family reside in Minneapolis, MN.
Organizational Partners in Action: How the Jewish Grandparents Network, URJ, and Keshet Partnered to Support Grandparents of Transgender, Non-binary, and Gender-expansive Youth
I remember the Purim celebrations of my youth: homemade cardboard crowns wrapped in aluminum foil; groggers fashioned from Styrofoam cups, dried beans, and masking tape; my brothers dressed in bathrobes, beards and mustaches sketched on their faces. As in many other congregations, our Purim carnival was run by the youth group as a fundraiser, and when I reached high school, I became a planner instead of a participant. We planned games and activities that sounded like fun to us teenagers and would be enjoyed by the religious school kids who were our target audience. Neither preschool children nor their parents were part of the planning equation.