Engaging Youth & Families with Young Children

The URJ’s youth programs engage, educate, and inspire more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults each year.

For more than 75 years, the Union for Reform Judaism has provided young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America and around the world, instilling a sense of joy, compassion, and pride in being Jewish while nurturing our youth’s innate desire to make a difference in the world. The URJ’s youth programs – summer camps, Israel programs, Mitzvah Corps social justice travel programs, and NFTY: The Reform Youth Movement – engage more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults each year. 

Central to our strategy is collaboration with Reform congregations, other Jewish organizations, and individuals who are committed to youth engagement. Together with our congregations, we offer a continuum of influence that starts during childhood, continues through the college years, and sees expression in Jewish engagement and identification during adulthood. Our goal is not a transactional, “one-off” experience but the creation of committed, transformational, ongoing relationships that ultimately leads to an increase in the number of young Jews choosing to be Jewish, living Jewish lives, and impacting the world in positive ways. 

Search our comprehensive Youth Program Directory, or learn more below.

Youth Programs

Camp

With 15 summer camps and year-round facilities across North America, the URJ operates the largest, most successful Jewish camping program in the world.

Engaging Families with Young Children

In partnership with synagogues and other organizations, we’re expanding and enhancing programs that expand Jewish engagement for families with young children across the continent.
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Tikkun Olam-Focused Youth Travel Programs

Teens can choose from hands-on social justice experiences and social action trainings in domestic and international locations. 

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Youth Group Programs

For 75 years, NFTY has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live Reform Judaism. 

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Israel Programs

Our programs have transformed the lives of more than 30,000 young people, instilling a strong connection and love for the Jewish homeland.  

Communities of Practice

We convene cohorts of congregational leaders for long-term, innovative learning from experts, including face-to-face and virtual gatherings, e-learning, and coaching.

What's New

Announcing NFTYx: A Space for Teens to Create

August 18, 2020
For NFTY teen leaders and staff, this summer has been all about brainstorming, strategizing, and planning for the future of NFTY. We are thrilled to announce the launch of NFTYx, a space where teens can turn their ideas into experiences for others.