Teen Engagement

Teen Engagement

Group of smiling teens together at Shabbat dinner

As a newcomer to the URJ Youth Summit at NFTY Convention, I let the experience wash right over me, taking in inspiration, sparks, and ideas as they came

Ben Pagliaro
A boy and girl sitting at a table together and working through a notebook

When students become Tzofim, they become essential: They have a valuable role to fulfill and an important place within our synagogue community.

David Shukiar

As Hanukkah approaches, our society is deeply divided. Here are 3 ways that teens are promoting unity by taking action, and we can recommit to helping them illuminate the way to a better world.

Miriam Chilton

A few months ago, writer David Brooks penned an op-ed in The New York Times entitled

Alexa Broida

At the end of the book of Bamidbar, which we just completed reading, it seemed that Moses’ career as a leader had come to an end. His successor, Joshua, had already been determined, and it would be he, not Moses, who would lead the people into the Promised Land. Still, in the midst of transition and the last month of his life, Moses assembles the people and delivers a series of addresses. This week’s parasha begins with the phrase Eleh ha-d’varim, meaning “these are the words.” As the children of Israel assemble in front of him, Moses prepares them for a new beginning. He ceases to be the liberator, the miracle worker who parted the sea, and the redeemer who was called upon to replenish a depleted well. The people gain responsibility.

Miriam Chilton

Alone, the numbers are just numbers. When taken in light of these new findings, though, they tell a compelling story of success.

Miriam Chilton

 How can Judaism help both parents and teens slow down, showing them that the journey up the mountain is more meaningful than reaching the top? Learn how one congregation is designing experiences that help teens slow down enough to live in the present.

Julie Fortune

Teens today are coming of age at a time of intense competition. The pressures they feel to be successful at school, in sports, in pursuit of their passions, in their social lives and in romantic relationships, as daughters and sons, and as leaders – are at an all-time high.

Beth Tigay

Our Jewish tradition commands that we not stand by while our brothers and sisters suffer. That’s why the Reform Movement is joining with others across the world to provide information that offers both help and hope – especially during May, which is Mental Health Awareness Month.

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.

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