Temple Youth Group

Temple Youth Group

Rabbi Allan "Smitty" Smith on the bimah at Biennial

With the death of Rabbi Allan Smith – “Smitty” to all who knew and loved him – the Reform Jewish world has lost a true giant.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Two enthusiastic camp counselors holding a hand painted sign that reads WELCOME HOME

While camp’s mission and benefits have evolved over the years, with an acknowledgement today that camp is a premier path to raising future Jewish-connected generations, this concept of camp as home has risen to the top. 

Ruben Arquilevich
Large group of smiling teens

I wanted to innovate and co-create a way to reimagine teen engagement and programs with my temple teens. To do so, I needed to best understand what they wanted and needed from their synagogue and Jewish community.

Jamie Collins
Campers with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera during an outdoor Shabbat service

We're celebrating more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults immersed in a Reform Jewish experience. Here are a few other numbers that have us excited for summer.

    Elena Paull
    A group of high school students sitting on the floor, each holding a guitar

    The URJ has launched four experiments to celebrate how teens gather and lead; the experiments' early lessons will help us deepen the impact of these endeavors.

    Michelle Shapiro Abraham
    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
    Four smiling, laughing teens passing a Torah scroll from one to the next

    Results of our latest impact study indicate that Reform Movement youth experiences translate into greater Jewish engagement in college and throughout life.

    Miriam T. Chilton
    civic engagement

    Across the United States, young people are mobilizing to increase voter turnout at the 2018 midterm elections – and the Reform Movement is proud to lead in this effort. On Sunday, August 26th from 3-4pm EST, hundreds of high school and college students (and their adult partners) will join a Jewish Student Civic Engagement Virtual Town HallTeens will hear from other students who have organized “get out the vote” initiatives and learn how our Reform Jewish community is mobilizingWhile students can log on from anywhere – at home, their college campuses, and on the go – this is a great opportunity to bring them together to learn, be inspired, and take collective action. Here are five ideas for organizing a viewing party for the Civic Engagement Student Town Hall:  

    Michelle Shapiro Abraham & Shira M. Zemel
    Students with gun violence prevention signs

    In the last month, we have witnessed powerful action around gun safety by youth leaders throughout the country – including in our own congregation. Here’s why.

    Barri Waltcher
    Dozens of teens standing on the Tallahassee Capitol steps wearing PARKLAND STRONG signs and carry gun violence prevention signs

    We will tell our grandchildren about this one day, NFTY. What will you be able to say?

    Zoe Terner