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

 


Teen Leadership SummitsNFTY Kids Smiling

In-person learning with experts in the field.  Available at multiple locations in 2020. 

  • Learn with expert mentors in the field.
  • Meet other teens who share your passion.
  • Choose the setting you want and the dates you are available
  • Deepen your learning by applying for a year-long Fellowship as a follow-up to the Summit

Songleading
Learn with Jewish music legends and explore core leadership skills needed to lead music in your congregation, community or teen program.  Deepen your learning by applying for the URJ Teen Songleading Fellowship.

June 12-June 21, 2020 URJ Camp Newman in Vallejo, CA  

June 29th-July 12, 2020 at URJ OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI

October 16-18, 2020 at URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA

 

Social Justice

Learn with leaders of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism (RAC) and take your social justice work to the next level. Deepen your learning by applying for the RAC Civic Engagement Campaign Fellowship. Learn more. 

June 12-June 21, 2020 URJ Camp Newman in Vallejo, CA

June 29th-July 12, 2020 at URJ OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI

 

Peer-to-Peer Leadership/NFTY Regional Leadership

Through a lens of successful peer-to-peer engagement models used in places like Hillels, NFTY and Reform congregations, you’ll learn the fundamentals of what it means to be a fantastic leader of your peers.

June 12-June 21, 2020 URJ Camp Newman in Vallejo, CA

June 29th-July 12, 2020 at URJ OSRUI in Oconomowoc, WI

 

Jewish Learning and Leadership

Learn with the leaders of our movement and dive into the text that have guided our people for millennium.  Explore how the Torah, Talmud and Midrash apply to your own life today. Deepen your learning by applying for the Jewish Learning and Leadership Fellowship.  Learn more.

October 16-18, 2020 at URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA

Offered in partnership with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

 

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 Traditions. Participants in the Feminism Leadership Summit must participate in the full year Fellowship. Learn more about the full fellowship and sign up to receive more information when the 2020-2021 applications are available.

October 16-18, 2020 at URJ Camp Harlam in Kunkletown, PA


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 Teen Leadership Summit
     

Songleading
Learn with Jewish music legends to lead your local community in song. Participants must attend one of the Songleader Leadership Summits to be in the Fellowship.  October 2020-May 2021. Learn more.

 

Civic Engagement Campaign

Make a difference in the 2020 election and help get out the vote.  Learn with community organizing experts and create campaigns in your own community.  September 2020-November 2020.  Learn more.

 

Jewish Learning and Leadership

Study with peers and the leaders of our movement and create an experience to teach your peers the text you love. September 2020-June 2020. Learn more.

Offered in partnership with Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

 

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 Traditions. Participants in this fellowship must participate in one of the Feminism Leadership Summits. Learn more about the full fellowship and sign up to receive more information when the 2020-2021 applications are available.  

 

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

NFTY kids smiling

Guide 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 meetups

2019-2020 Task Forces included Inclusion, Environment Justice, Program Excellence, and Social Justice. 

Application for 2020-21 Taskforces will be available in April 2020.  Sign up to receive updates.

 


Multi-Generational Partnerships

Teens and Adults working together

Partner 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
     

NFTY Convention Planning

Partner with teens and adults and help plan the programming at NFTY Convention 2021.  Participants must attend NFTY Convention – February 12-15 at Greene Family Camp in Bruceville, TX. Learn more.

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.
  

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.


Local Opportunities

Opportunities for Reform Jewish Teen Leadership

New 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. 

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.