Dana Gershon and Rabbi Jonah Pesner take a selfie with 255 Jewish teens at the Northeast Leadership Summit

I learned that I could make a change. I learned that I was needed to make a change. And I learned, above all, that I wanted to make a change.

Adam Hurwitz
URJ VP of Audacious Hospitality April Baskin stands in a classroom and gestures with her hands as she teaches a room full of participants in the URJ Keshet training partnership

A year-long initiative, the URJ-Keshet Youth Leadership Project, aims to improve inclusivity in our Reform youth programs. It is the largest implementation yet of Keshet’s work

Toby Singer and Rachael Brill
Four smiling campers arm in arm

Although we can’t make our year-round programs or services into summer camp, we can learn from our camp relationships, which are the essence of the camp experience.

Rabbi Jessica Barolsky
Group of campers

Our collective efforts to engage young people in meaningful Jewish life has met with incredible successes of which we all can be proud.

Miriam Chilton

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) announces the establishment of a second URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, with support from a generous grant from the Foundation for Jewish Camp and the Jim Joseph and AVI CHAI Foundations. This exciting new camp will be the URJ’s 18th camp across North America offering young people immersive Jewish experiences within premier camping environments.

Closeup of hand holding a sparkler in the dark

What a year it’s been. With 2017 fast-approaching, we’ve rounded up the top 18 Reform Movement stories of 2016, listed in no particular order. Happy new year!

Kate Bigam

Greg Kellner, director at URJ 6 Points Sci-Tech Academy, is the recipient of the 2016 Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Prize, which recognizes rising leaders in the field of Jewish education for their leadership, willingness to take risks, and tremendous promise.

Elena Paull

I want to take camp back to my community, including the joyful Jewish songs and the inclusive, communal style of leading services. I also intend to bring back something more tangible: funds to construct a water well in my community.

Yoash Mayende (The Forward)

There’s a controversy surrounding ga-ga: Where, exactly, did this game originate?

Stephen Silver (Tablet)

They left Africa for the first time, to connect with other Jews in Wisconsin, and the experience has been warm and affirming.

Rob Golub (Jewish Chronicle)