Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

Balancing Values in Post-B’nai Mitzvah Engagement

An enduring dilemma is one that is simultaneously old and new, can only be managed – not solved, and is very much a part of our day-to-day reality. There is no right answer, just two truths that cannot be ignored, and somewhere in the middle is the solution “for now.” How can we apply this idea to post-B’nai Mitzvah engagement?

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, Lisa Langer, Rachel Margolis
holistic youth engagement

When I started my job, I spent time getting to know families and what they wanted from educational experiences for their children and for themselves. It was clear there we needed a cohesive vision for lifelong learning, and unclear how learning and engagement were connected, if at all. Now, 3 ½ years later, we’re taking a holistic approach to Jewish lifelong learning.

Marisa Kaiser
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
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
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