Teen Engagement

Teen Engagement

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
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
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
Teens holding gun prevention violence signs in front of the Capitol Building

#JewsDemandAction is NFTY’s effort to end gun violence by demanding universal background checks and bans on both assault weapons and high capacity ammunition magazines.

Zachary Herrmann
Young adults holding social justice signs at a march

We hope this list of tips and tricks will help you and your fellow advocates take and share powerful photos and videos thelp drive your social justice work.

Sylvia Levy and Sofi Hersher
Group of two dozen Jewish teens holding gun violence prevention signs

We are told tzedek, tzedek tirdof: justice, justice, shall you pursue. In this moment, your teens – our friends – are pursuing justice.

 
Zoe Terner & Noah Fineberg
Three teen girls holding signs that says JEWS DEMAND ACTION in front of the US Capitol building

This is a moment unlike any in recent memory – and all over the U.S., Reform Jewish teens are leading the way.

Zachary Herrmann