Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

Group of songleaders sitting outdoors at a summer camp holding guitars and wearing all white as if on Shabbat

With this in mind, here are the voices of two of our campers – both going on the Harlam in Israel trip this summer – on what the culture of camp has done for them. They are our songleaders and our youth group and confirmation class leaders, and they inspire our kids in so many ways.

Rabbi Yair Robinson
Two teens writing on a chalkboard about what NFTY means to them

Teens are taking initiative to make sure policies – in NFTY and in our governments – reflect their values. Here are just a few examples of how they've been leading the way this year.

Jenny Travis
Large group of smiling teens wearing matching blue shirts that say OMGJK

When I arrived at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, FL, six years ago, the congregation’s junior high and high school programs were dealing with a problem that m

Josh Simon
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
Rabbi Rick Jacobs poses with three smiling teens in NFTY Convention badges

This d'var Torah for Parashat T'tzaveh was presented to NFTY Convention 2019 on Saturday, February 16, 2019. 

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Students from Congregation Kol Tikvah outside U.S. Capitol during L'taken weekend

Days before the first anniversary of the Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School shootings we lobbied on Capitol Hill for the Bipartisan Background Checks Act of 2019.

Zoey Fox-Snider and Casey Sherman
Teens with their bck to the camera holding gun violence prevention signs at March for Our Lives

 One year after the tragedy, we also want to lift up the memories of the 17 people killed and encourage Reform Jews to engage in tikkun olam, repairing the world, in their honor.

Logan Zinman Gerber
Three campers in mid-air jumps on a grassy field

Even as the cold creeps in and the new year begins, summer 2019 is on the horizon! We are already excited about the new opportunities available for Reform Jewish teens.

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
Three teen leaders, two young women and a young man

Tomorrow’s leaders are in our congregations (and ready to lead) today.

Amy Asin and Miriam T. Chilton