Teen Engagement

Teen Engagement

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
Young woman standing outside holding a sign that says GUN VIOLENCE IS PREVENTABLE with the NFTY and RAC logos

As NFTY and the Reform Movement undertake a reinvigorated campaign to help end gun violence in the United States, we've compiled a few tips and resources for teen activists who want to get involved. 

NFTY
Hand sin the darkness holding a candle

The Reform Jewish community faced the tragic task last week of burying our own: Among the 17 people gunned down in last Wednesday’s Parkland school shooting were Reform Jewish teens and a teacher.

Zachary Herrmann
Female teen surrounded by three younger kids

Synagogue professional need to find ways to communicate to our families that we will provide the resources to ensure their children get a Jewish education.

Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer
Dana Gershon and Rabbi Jonah Pesner take a selfie with 255 Jewish teens at the Northeast Leadership Summit

I learned that I could make a change. I learned that I was needed to make a change. And I learned, above all, that I wanted to make a change.

Adam Hurwitz
Smiling teens eating apples dipped in honey

Here are four ways to strengthen your congregation by intentionally welcoming children and teens into your holiday observance.

Miriam Chilton
Headphones

Miriam Chilton discusses her experience working with a variety of teen-based youth programs for the Reform Movement and what it was like to leave the corporate sector for a career as a Jewish professional.

Young teens gathered around the bimah as they look at an open Torah scroll

Social scientists and business leaders alike encourage us to fight the focus on scarcity and instead begin with an “abundance mindset.” Here are three areas where abundance hides in Jewish engagement and education work

By Miriam Chilton and Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Concerned mom look over her teen daughters shoulder as the teen looks at the screen of her laptop

Dear Evan Hansen13 Reasons Why. Both of these shows have captured the attention and imagination of those of us who work with and treasure teens.

Dr. Betsy Stone