Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

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
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
URJ VP of Youth Miriam Chilton in a red blazer in front of the URJ Biennial logo

Yes, we are doing holy work. We are imparting Jewish wisdom and knowledge. We are fostering a generation that is resilient, responsible, compassionate, joyful, and Jewish.

Miriam Chilton
Rabbi David Stern standing on stage in front of the URJ Biennial backdrop

Why is this Biennial so powerful? Because we have company. We are surrounded by thousands of Reform Jews from across North America and around the world. 

Rabbi David Stern
Bar mitzvah boy and rabbi holding a bag full of lunches

When a colleague told me guests at his daughter’s bat mitzvah would pack grains and canned goods for the homeless, I was nonplussed. His explanation changed my thinking.

Rabbi David N. Young
Press Release

URJ today released preliminary findings from two important surveys concerning the effectiveness of its work in priority areas: Israel and Youth Engagement. On the eve of the largest URJ Biennial ever, Rabbi Rick Jacobs, URJ Presidents says, “Our work raising up the next generation of Jewish leaders in North America and advocating for religious pluralism in Israel are among our very highest priorities, and we are proud to see that these authoritative surveys provide data to support what we have long thought to be true: The URJ’s work in these areas is making a profound difference. Individually, and especially when viewed together, they make a strong, data-driven argument that the Reform Movement is making great progress on priority concerns.”

There’s no place like Boston in December. Sure, we love the snow and the New England charm, but the real reason we’re excited is because the 74thURJ Biennial lands in Beantown in just a few short weeks! Biennial is the largest Jewish gathering in North America, making it a hub for sharing innovation, building community, and shaping the Reform Movement’s future.

When I applied to be a part of the Youth Professional 101 Fellowship (YP101), I expected opportunities to strengthen congregational youth programming and gain valuable tools for engagement. I anticipated learning from mentors who have been working in the field for years and building a cohort of fellows that I could utilize as resources. I did not foresee however, that I would find a connection to God.

Rachel Opatowsky