Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

Whether it’s in our congregations, at our camps, or in a NFTY program, we do ev

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Young female CLASP fellow working in a classroom with young children

Interested in creating a full-time youth engagement position? Here are four reasons why your congregation should consider applying for a CLASP Fellowship.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
three photos of people enjoying URJ events

Register now, mark your calendars, and share details of these transformative Reform Movement events and opportunities with your congregational community.

Four smiling, laughing teens passing a Torah scroll from one to the next

Results of our latest impact study indicate that Reform Movement youth experiences translate into greater Jewish engagement in college and throughout life.

Miriam T. Chilton

We’re pleased to share a new line-up of online learning and training opportunities for educators, youth professionals, lay leaders and other adults working with Reform youth and teens.

When we launched Kol Isha in August 2017, our aim was to create a space where NY Area teens driven by social justice could learn from each other, increase their feminist knowledge, develop skills to communicate their beliefs to others, and create tangible change through community-oriented projects within a Jewish social justice framework. What we learned was much bigger and speaks to the goals that many of us have as we struggle with how to engage our youth in meaningful Jewish experiences.

Imogene Winkleman
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
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