Evan Traylor

Evan Traylor

Inside Leadership
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It’s hard to believe that only six years ago, I was beginning my college journey at the University of Kansas.

Looking back on it now, it’s incredible to think that I started school so anxious, knowing only a handful of people – but by the time I graduated, I’d had some of the most special experiences in my life, especially in the Jewish community. Through my leadership positions at Kansas Hillel, serving on staff at the URJ Kutz Camp, and traveling to Israel twice, my connection to Reform Judaism grew exponentially over the course of those four years.

I’m so grateful for...

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A group of young people with their backs to the camera and their arms around one another while wearing backpacks

It’s that time of the year again: moving into new dorms and apartments, catching up with friends after a great summer, buying (way too expensive) textbooks, and double-checking schedules to make sure you get to the right class.

The start of every school year is always exciting, but this year is special because there are even more ways to connect and get involved with Reform Jewish community throughout the year!

Find a place for High Holidays: The High Holidays are right around the corner, so if you don’t have a place on campus, check out our Find a Congregation tool to secure... Read More

Statue of MLK against a blue sky

On April 4, 1968, the U.S. and world lost an incredible man: Reverend Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Since learning about him in elementary school, I’ve always been enthralled by Dr. King – his dedication to justice, yes; but also his commitment to faith and religion as a cornerstone of his work.

And, from my understanding of Judaism as inherently tied to social justice, I’ve always created a connection between Dr. King and the biblical figure Moses. The comparisons are simply undeniable:

They rose from humble positions in their communities to immense leadership roles. Both were... Read More

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It’s that time of the year again: moving into new dorms and apartments, buying pens and notebooks, and double-checking schedules to make sure you get to the right class. While the start of every school year is exciting, it’s also an incredibly exciting time to be Jewish on campus.

I graduated from the University of Kansas about a year ago, and although I loved every part of my experience there, it was the Jewish moments that truly stand out: creating lasting friendships at Hillel events, exploring my Judaism to new depths, working at URJ Kutz Camp during the summers, and the...

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A few months ago, I was preparing to give a presentation about Jewish millennial engagement to a group of congregational lay leaders. All of my slides were succinct and crisp, I’d practiced with some coworkers, and I was extremely excited to share strategies for engaging more millennials in Jewish life. Just as I was about to save my presentation and go home for the day, a thought hit me: Do any of them even know who a millennial is?  

My mind immediately started racing. Most of my audience probably had an idea of some of the characteristics of millennials, but were they accurate?...

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