Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

Campers siting on cabin steps holding a THINK CAMP sign

This is a great time to remind your families about One Happy Camper grants, which provide $700 to $1,000 for first-time campers. These grants have made it easier for so many families to give their children the best summers of their lives.

Ruben Arquilevich
Three students lighting hannukiot

One of my very favorite Hanukkah traditions is the practice of placing our lit menorahs in windows to share the miracle and joy of this holiday with our communities.

Ruben Arquilevich
Group of teens lighting Shabbat candles

Indeed, the war between the boomers and the millennials has become popular fodder. But, I don’t see it as a war at all.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Teens with their backs to the camera as they write with chalk on a board that says NFTY

We’re beyond excited to announce that that NFTY Convention is going to camp! We hope you’ll plan to join us February 12-15, 2021, at URJ Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX, where we’ll bring all our favorite parts of camp to NFTY Convention.

NFTY North American Board
Teen leaders at a Reform Jewish teen gathering

Check out these six ongoing practices of Reform Jewish teen leaders – and how you can use them to support teens in your own community.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, MAJE, RJE
Children playing together in a lounge area

On Sunday night, the Dallas/Fort Worth area was hit by severe thunderstorms, including multiple confirmed tornadoes, which devastated parts of Dallas and the surrounding communities and directly im

Kate Bigam Kaput
Three teenage boys wearing URJ 6 Points Sports Academy shirts

On February 14, 2018, everything changed: That’s the day 17 people were killed in the shooting at my school, Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School (MSD) in Parkland, FL.

Jason Halpern
Group of teens and adults facing forward sitting in pews

Looking for innovative opportunities to engage your teens around the High Holidays? These 10 ideas come directly from the source – youth professionals across North America.

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