Campaign for Youth Engagement

Campaign for Youth Engagement

Group of songleaders sitting outdoors at a summer camp holding guitars and wearing all white as if on Shabbat

With this in mind, here are the voices of two of our campers – both going on the Harlam in Israel trip this summer – on what the culture of camp has done for them. They are our songleaders and our youth group and confirmation class leaders, and they inspire our kids in so many ways.

Rabbi Yair Robinson
A group of teens laughing together in costume at NFTY Convention

Encouraging colleagues and friends to step up and provide support for the essential well-being of our youth programs needs to be a high priority for all of us.

Stanley R. Levy
Campers sit on a bench with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera as they sit in a circle with camp in the background

It is not often I get to visit one place that holds all the best parts of what the Reform Movement has to offer – but Kutz is certainly such a place.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
A teen madrich leans over some work with a child

Our congregations are looking for insights about madrichim programs, and how synagogues can best engage teens as classroom helpers. We can help. 

By Michelle Shapiro Abraham, RJE, and Rachel Margolis, RJE
Three smiling male teens holding an Israeli flags

In light of the bills passed by the Knesset this week, I am asking myself: Is this a crisis point in Israel engagement?

Rabbi Reuven Greenvald
Group of teens holding signs for gun violence prevention in front of an orange March for Our Lives banner

Thousands of Reform Jews around the United States gathered today to participate in March for Our Lives events in Washington, D.C. and satellite events across the country.

Kate Kaput
Closeup of a persons hand resting on a mouse as they sit at a laptop with a mug of coffee nearby as if working

Keep up with changing trends, hone your skills, and add to your toolkit with the Union for Reform Judaism’s free Youth Professional Development series.

Elena Paull
URJ VP of Youth Miriam Chilton in a red blazer in front of the URJ Biennial logo

Yes, we are doing holy work. We are imparting Jewish wisdom and knowledge. We are fostering a generation that is resilient, responsible, compassionate, joyful, and Jewish.

Miriam Chilton
Rabbi David Stern standing on stage in front of the URJ Biennial backdrop

Why is this Biennial so powerful? Because we have company. We are surrounded by thousands of Reform Jews from across North America and around the world. 

Rabbi David Stern
View from behind of two young girls in bathing suits jumping into a lake with a thick forest along the banks

Rabbi Brenner Glickman of Temple Emanu-El in Sarasota, FL, recently witnessed the tremendous impact that a summer at camp can have. 

Elena Paull & Deb Spencer