Youth

Youth

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
Campers sit on a bench with their arms around one another and their backs to the camera as they sit in a circle with camp in the background

It is not often I get to visit one place that holds all the best parts of what the Reform Movement has to offer – but Kutz is certainly such a place.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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
Peri Smilow sitting in a chair surrounded by Kutz campers and laughing

Campers at URJ Kutz Camp had the chance to sit down and talk with Peri Smilow, director of program and engagement for the Associat

URJ Kutz Camp
Graduating seniors standing behind fifth graders as they pass candles down to the younger class

As our seniors said goodbye to their current relationship with the community, they inspired our fifth graders to say hello to their new relationship and leadership in the community. 

Becky Oliver
Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

Even though summer’s just starting, there’s much to look forward to when kids and teens return from their adventures. Here’s what to expect at the end of the summer.

Miriam Chilton
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