We caught up with young Jewish leader Andrew Keene, a student at Drexel University, to talk about going global, being engaged, and serving as a young lay leader - and why it’s all so important.

Ziva Haller Rubenstein

On June 2, the Reform Jewish Movement will join millions of people across North America in observance of the second annual National Gun Violence Awareness Day, also known as Wear Orange Day. Here are five ways to get involved.

Tracy Wolf

NFTY recently convened its annual leadership retreat, Veida, to set priorities for the 2016-17 program year. Teen leaders representing all 19 regions came together to vigorously debate and brainstorm new types of programs, the role of teens in shaping peer experiences, and the social justice issues they would dedicate themselves to in the coming year – such as racial injustice, global climate change, and gun violence prevention. And, they elected the next NFTY North American board members who will begin their new roles this summer.

Elizabeth Wood

How do we teach the full story while fostering a love for our homeland? Think of your favorite sports team. A team you would jump to defend in an argument. For me, it’s the Washington Capitals. Now, imagine being at your team’s games. Surrounded by fans from both sides, cheerleaders, and even a couple of merchants. Your team scores a goal and the arena erupts in cheers. Think of your favorite sports team.

Katerina York

NFTY President Jeremy Cronig explains why he's so passionate about ending gun violence.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

With the US presidential election coming up, and change stirring in Jerusalem, our teens don’t shy away from difficult topics. How can we best support their sense of pride in being young Reform leaders?

Miriam Chilton
kids dancing in synagogue social hall

This fall, the afternoons seemed darker than I remember. Family and friends also noticed that on some days, sundown seemed to come along as early as 3:30 or 4 p.m. On Thanksgiving, I even said, “We’re still three weeks from the equinox. Why does it seem so dark?”

Rabbi Eric S. Gurvis

There’s a lot of discussion in Jewish circles about how to attract and engage youth.

Rob Golub (Jewish Chronicle)

On a Friday afternoon in early November, I got home from school, changed into a dress, and picked out my favorite cardigan.

Shir Attias

It’s a question at the forefront of our minds: How do we engage more teens in meaningful Jewish life and use social justice as a powerful engagement tool?

Rabbi Elizabeth Wood