URJ Header Block - Teen Leadership Opportunities

Leadership Opportunities for Reform Jewish Teens

Find your place as a leader in your synagogue, state, or across North America. Learn professional skills and explore your passions that help you stand out and lead, no matter where life takes you. Work with mentors, take local action, and make friends and memories that will last a lifetime!

Start here: What will I learn in a URJ teen leadership opportunity? (PDF)

Fellowships | Task Forces | Multi-generational Partnerships | Local Opportunities | Additional Opportunities
 


Fellowships

Teen songleaders

The skills that will move you forward. The people who can help you. The chance to lead your local community.

  • Partner with expert mentors in the field.
  • Create a local project based on your passion.
  • Learn with peers and mentors in monthly online meetings.
  • Connect in person at a weekend retreat.
     

Songleading
Learn with Jewish music legends to lead your local community in song. Applications due September 15th, 2019. Apply now.
 

Gun Violence Prevention
Develop your community organizing skills and bring passionate people together to make change by reducing gun violence. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis for our spring 2020 cohort. Apply now.
 

Feminism
Explore and deepen your feminist knowledge, channel your voices to share your beliefs, and use your skills to create tangible change in your community. Kol Koleinu, the Teen Feminism Fellowship, is offered in partnership with Moving TraditionsApplications due August 31st, 2019. Apply now.

 

Social Justice (For RAC L’Taken alumni)
Hone your leadership skills, learn about community organizing and legislative advocacy, and get involved with the RAC’s work. Share your interest.
 

Interested in a fellowship opportunity not listed here? We’re always creating new opportunities and would love to hear what interests you! Share your fellowship idea.
 


Task Forces

teens-drawing.pngGuide NFTY and synagogues on topics important to teens and our movement.

  • Partner with expert mentors in the field and NFTY North American Board members
  • Create legislation, strategies or resources for Reform Jewish teens
  • Strategize with peers and mentors in monthly online meetings
  • Connect in person at optional meet-ups

Task forces will begin work in mid-September.

Inclusion
Join in the important work of ensuring that everyone can find a home in our Jewish community. Join us.
 

Israel Engagement
Help shape our Israel programming and attend national conferences including AIPAC and JStreet with other Task Force members. Join us.
 

Environmental Justice
Lead our efforts to create a sustainable future by organizing teens across North America to take action. Join us.
 

Operations Consultants 
Partner with URJ staff to enrich conversations about NFTY and URJ teen program operations with the voices of our young lay leaders. Join us.
 

Temple Youth Program Spotlight
Create a network of Temple Youth Program teen leaders to learn from others around the movement and strengthen our local programming. Join us.
 

Programming
Unify NFTY through programmatic themes and topic, including maintaining the Verified Program Bank to highlight and showcase our regions’ best programs. Join us.
 


Multi-Generational Partnerships

NFTY kids working with adultsPartner with adults to lead your movement locally and nationally.

  • Lead alongside adults on shared committees and boards
  • Move our Movement forward in areas you already lead
     

Student State Leadership Network for Gun Violence Prevention (SSLN)
Organize a network of your peers in your state as a State Lead, or organize in your local community as an Advocate, all with the support of the Religious Action Center (RAC). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now.
 

Synagogue Leadership
Create materials that are being developed to help congregations include teens on their boards and committees. Applications are due September 30th, 2019. Join us.
 

Brit Olam Social Justice Cohorts
Lead social justice work, partner with your community, and take action on one of five issue areas: Immigration Justice, Environmental Justice, Racial Justice, Reproductive Justice or Gun Violence Prevention. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Apply now.
 

URJ Biennial
The largest gathering of Reform Jews in North America. Learn with leaders of the Reform Movement, experience the ultimate Shabbat community, and get paired with an adult mentor to help you take your movement leadership to the next level. Register now.


Local Opportunities

Opportunities for Reform Jewish Teen LeadershipNew ways to connect and lead locally

  • Partner with expert mentors in the field
  • Participate in local program pilots
  • Learn transferable skills
     

Teen Internships – Northeast US and Atlanta, GA
Learn peer-to-peer engagement skills and create local, low-barrier experiences for a small circle of friends. Applications are accepted on a rolling basis. Learn more.
 

Madrichim Training Program – Northeast US
Participate in training and learning opportunities to enhance your madrichim (teaching assistant) experience in your congregation. Applications are due October 30th, 2019. Apply now.
 

Peer Engagement Internships – St. Louis, MO
Become a communal connector by building meaningful relationships with peers, and developing leadership and engagement skills. This program is offered in partnership with St. Louis Reform Teen Initiative. Applications are due August 31st, 2019. Apply now.
 

NFTY Regional Networks for Temple Youth Group Leaders
Meet regularly with peers doing similar leadership work in their local NFTY region to share ideas and explore new opportunities. ​Join us.
 


Additional Opportunities

Reform Jewish teen programs

The URJ offers year-round opportunities for teens to participate in fun and meaningful experiences while building life skills and lasting friendships.    
 

NFTY
The Reform Jewish Youth Movement builds strong, welcoming, inspired communities through teen-powered engagement. Discover weekend trips, social action projects, personal growth, friends, fun, and more in this global movement for Reform Jewish teens. Meet your NFTY region.
 

URJ Summer Camps
An unforgettable summer of fun, friendship, adventure, and a chance to live the Reform Jewish values learned at home and in your congregation. Find your camp. 
 

Mitzvah Corps
Engage in sustainable, community connected social justice efforts — informed by Jewish values. Local opportunities in the Pacific Northwest and New Jersey. Change the world.
 

Israel Trips
Travel with old and new friends, exploring a land you’ve only imagined until now. Choose from 7 specialty trips including a visit to Eastern Europe, a high school semester, and trips focused on social justice, sports, science and technology, and Hebrew immersion. Choose your adventure.