NFTY convention participants enjoying the gathering

At its core, NFTY Convention embodied and realized the Reform Movement’s values as 1,400 teens, young adults, alumni, and congregational professionals came together to help build a more just, whole, and compassionate world.

Miriam Chilton
Group of multiracial teens and adults standing on stage in front of a NFTY sign

NFTY's racial justice campaign is focused on helping teens learn, connect and do – to reflect, relate, and reform on matters of racial injustice, such as mass incarceration and voting rights.

Laptop on a wooden table surrounded by a coffee cup notebook and phone

We are pleased to announce that Joe Lichtenstein, a sophomore from Temple Emanuel in Roanoke, VA (NFTY Mid-Atlantic Region), is this year’s winner of the 

Kate Bigam

Next month, NFTY Convention and Youth Summit participants will gather to learn, pray, and make plans to take action

More than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults participated in a URJ Youth program here at home, in Israel, and around the world, setting a record for the 9th year in a row.  These programs instill a sense of joy, compassion, and pride in being Jewish while nurturing a young person’s innate desire to make a difference in the world. The essential skills of empathy, creativity, and collaboration cultivated by our programs are more important than ever before. Here are just a few of the ways that the URJ’s youth programs engaged more youth, teens and young adults.

Elena Paull

The summit, happening February 17-20 in Chicago, IL, is a gathering of a community of adults who are professionally invested in the future of our Reform Jewish youth. Read through these five reasons your team needs to attend - and then get registered. We can't wait to see you there!

Rabbi Leora Kaye

You can have your summer destinations of Nantucket, the Hamptons, or Lake Michigan.  I’ll take Kunkletown, Zionsville, and Oconomowoc!  Some head to the beaches or the mountains; I head to camp.

More than 14,000 young people are leaving home this summer, immersing themselves in new environments and connecting to Jewish community in a URJ summer program. The midrash tells us that if we can open ourselves up to new experiences, we can discover inner clarity. These young people are discovering themselves – what motivates them, what matters to them, what challenges them. They return home – and to our congregations – with a new sense of identity and purpose.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Our URJ Youth programs are cornerstones of the Reform Movement's youth engagement efforts.

URJ Youth

Alone, the numbers are just numbers. When taken in light of these new findings, though, they tell a compelling story of success.

Miriam Chilton