Teen Engagement

Teen 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
Two teens writing on a chalkboard about what NFTY means to them

Teens are taking initiative to make sure policies – in NFTY and in our governments – reflect their values. Here are just a few examples of how they've been leading the way this year.

Jenny Travis
Large group of smiling teens wearing matching blue shirts that say OMGJK

When I arrived at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, FL, six years ago, the congregation’s junior high and high school programs were dealing with a problem that m

Josh Simon
Two teen boys in suits reading from a document in front of a crowd of other teens

The Resolution to Increase Accessibility for Participants highlights the small yet important ways NFTY can improve its accessibility for three different groups of people.

Fletcher Block
Rabbi Rick Jacobs poses with three smiling teens in NFTY Convention badges

This d'var Torah for Parashat T'tzaveh was presented to NFTY Convention 2019 on Saturday, February 16, 2019. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Teens with their bck to the camera holding gun violence prevention signs at March for Our Lives

 One year after the tragedy, we also want to lift up the memories of the 17 people killed and encourage Reform Jews to engage in tikkun olam, repairing the world, in their honor.

Logan Zinman Gerber
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
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
The three Saltzburg teens together at a NFTY-PAR kallah

The youth leaders in our synagogue captured the interest of our oldest son, and his involvement in the temple youth group and then in NFTY led the way for his siblings.

Pamela Saltzburg
Thats Love and Thats Not Love Post It boards as described in the essay

What became clear to everyone who participated is that this is an issue that needs to be talked about, and it’s something that our teenagers and their parents want to discuss

Rabbi Danny Burkeman