Engaging Youth & Families with Young Children

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

Jewish Summer Camp

With 15 summer camps across North America, URJ programs enrich and transform lives by strengthening identity and knowledge, instilling Reform Jewish values, and cultivating lifelong friendships.

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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Two Mitzvah Corps participants working in a field and smiling

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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NFTY Teens hugging

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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Heller High students celebrate havdallah in Israel

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.  

What's New

A Summer of Healing, Happiness, and Hope

November 2, 2021
This past summer, our 15 URJ camps across North America and Israel programs provided the space where more than 11,000 children, teens and young adults could breathe free. Summer 2021 was clearly a summer of healing at our camps, as children returned to immersive in-person living, learning, laughing, crying, hugging where they can share their fears and dreams in a loving and accepting environment.