Youth Engagement

Youth Engagement

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
Campers at URJ Jacobs Camp

Even though summer’s just starting, there’s much to look forward to when kids and teens return from their adventures. Here’s what to expect at the end of the summer.

Miriam Chilton
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