Summer Youth Experience

Summer Youth Experience

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
Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

Even though summer’s just starting, there’s much to look forward to when kids and teens return from their adventures. Here’s what to expect at the end of the summer.

Miriam Chilton
a group of kutz campers smile

For 53 summers, URJ Kutz Camp has trained the teenage leaders of the Reform Movement. Much of our congregational leadership, both professional and lay, attribute Kutz as having played a pivotal role in where they are now. Now, perhaps more than ever, sending the teens in your congregation to Kutz for the deep learning, purposeful skill-building, and leadership development that takes place in Warwick, New York, will set your teens and your congregations up to flourish, now and in the future.

Melissa Frey
Man slacklining between two palm trees on green grass in view of the ocean

This coming summer, the Camp Newman community will gather at California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime) on the shores of the San Francisco Bay in Vallejo.

Ruben Arquilevich & Rabbi Erin Mason
Charred remains of the physical location of URJ Camp Newman beneath hazy skies with mountains in the background and a painted Star of David still visible on them

The Jewish star on the hill that overlooks Camp Newman has survived. What a fitting symbol for this moment. 

Alaina Yoakum
Wooden gate over the trees at URJ Camp Newman reading MAY YOU BE BLESSED AS YOU GO ON YOUR WAY SHALOM

The Reform Jewish Movement received devastating news last night upon learning that URJ Camp Newman's physical location was all but destroyed by wildfires.

Kate Bigam
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
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
URJ summer interns with Rabbi Rick Jacobs

Ten college students interned at the URJ this summer – whether to boost our experience or get nagging parents off our backs.

Deborah Spencer
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