6 Ways to Dive Deep into Youth Engagement at the Biennial

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6 Ways to Dive Deep into Youth Engagement at the Biennial

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.

Our youth programs are focused on that future year-round. Last year alone, URJ Youth programs engaged 21,000 young people in immersive Jewish experiences around the world. These youth, teens, and young adults are actively shaping the Jewish world they want to live in today. Join us at Biennial to learn how you can support the young people in your congregation, and how we can, in turn, support you as we all work to build a more whole, just, and compassionate world.

As you start to plan your schedule for the URJ Biennial, here are six can’t-miss opportunities to strengthen youth engagement in your congregation:

  • Follow the Youth Engagement track: Dive into the essential topics of youth engagement in this track that features more than 20 learning sessions, addressing such topics as disabilities inclusion, technology and teens, Judaism and science, social justice and Israel engagement, civility, post-b’nai mitzvah engagement, and much more. Download the Biennial app and view the Youth Engagement track for a complete list of sessions.
  • Reconnect: The URJ Biennial is a great place to see old friends, colleagues, and the global network of URJ Youth program alumni. Join the URJ Youth Programs Alumni Meet-Up on Saturday, December 9, following the plenary!
  • Consult with youth engagement experts: Visit URJ Central in the Biennial Exhibit Hall to get a copy of your congregation’s youth engagement report; learn about development opportunities for your professional staff; and meet with URJ Youth staff to explore how we can support your youth engagement goals.
  • Get to know the newest URJ Youth programs: Meet the directors of the newest URJ Camps – 6 Points Sci-Tech West and 6 Points Creative Arts Academy! Find us in the Learning Lab in the Biennial Exhibit Hall to build an LED menorah and get a taste of the specialty camp experience.
  • Visit the Youth Booth: Stop by to snap a selfie, reconnect with your friends, and learn about the URJ’s programs for youth, teens, and young adults. Program directors will be on hand to answer questions, and visitors to the booth will be eligible for special discounts for new URJ youth programs in Summer 2018!
  • Learn with and from teens: More than 140 teens will attend the Biennial as congregational delegates. They will teach in learning sessions, inspire us, and return home ready to take on greater leadership roles in their congregations. Know a Boston-area teen who isn’t registered for the Biennial yet? Encourage them join the Teen Boat Cruise on Boston Harbor.

Pack your snow boots, and prepare to worship, learn, sing, build community, and shape the future of the Reform Movement with leaders of all ages. We can’t wait to see you in Boston!

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Published: 11/21/2017

Categories: Youth
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