Youth

Youth

Teens and young adults with Reform Movement gun violence prevention signs

Reform Judaism’s young people are stepping forward as leaders -- using the values of our tradition to speak truth to power and promote tikkun olam, repair of our world.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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
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
Diverse people and ideas flowing into cogs that sit in the palm of a woman's hand

As leaders, it is incumbent upon us to harness the strength and creativity that comes from diversity to focus and guide our congregations – and our sederim.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Aerial view of hundreds of teens holding yellow signs that read JEWS DEMAND ACTION

This is the moment when, truly, the students become the teachers. As Reform Jewish adults, we stand behind our teens and support their efforts while letting them take the lead.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Teens holding signs reading ARMS ARE FOR HUGGING and PROTECT KIDS NOT GUNS

Learn what NFTY teens are doing to organize their peers to participate in March for Our Lives in Washington, D.C., and other cities nationwide, on Saturday, March 24.

NFTY
Closeup of a persons hand resting on a mouse as they sit at a laptop with a mug of coffee nearby as if working

Keep up with changing trends, hone your skills, and add to your toolkit with the Union for Reform Judaism’s free Youth Professional Development series.

Elena Paull
Children with their arms around one another facing an outdoor bimah as at summer camp

As we continue this journey together in 2018, we look forward to your steadfast engagement, your activism, and your support.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs

We’re happy you asked! We are excited to introduce an executive summary highlighting the innovations in our field and offering questions for a guided reflection. Here’s how to use it:

Michelle Shapiro Abraham

Last week, more than 150 teen delegates joined the URJ Biennial to learn, engage, sing, dance, pray, and explore their Jewish identity at the world’s largest gathering of Reform Jews.  They brought energy and excitement to the halls of the Hynes Convention Center, and ensured that we had authentic conversations that created a multigenerational Reform Jewish experience.  Within this delegation, we had more than 85 synagogue youth group board members, 30 regional NFTY officers, and 125 alumni of our URJ Youth programs.  Read on to hear about what this group was seeking when they signed up for this event, and what they are taking away.  Know a teen who attended?  Ask them about their experience and partner with them to bring it home!

Beth Rodin