Mitzvah Corps is the Union for Reform Judaism's network of immersive social justice travel programs for high school students, running summer trips to locations around the globe. Through direct service, supplemented by exposure to many voices in the local community, teens gain a comprehensive understanding of the complex challenges those communities face, and the innovative ways in which individuals and organizations are creating effective and lasting solutions. Most importantly, they have the chance to build meaningful relationships with like-minded peers, people from around the world, ask valuable questions, support local efforts, and be a real global citizen. Learn more.
Each year, the Religious Action Center’s L’Taken Seminars give thousands of Jewish teens the opportunity to impact our political process and share their views on social justice topics with decision-makers on Capitol Hill. The weekend-long seminar is designed to expose participants to a variety of public policy issues and to explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy around these issues. The trajectory of the programming goes from broad to narrow—first, educating participants about a range of topics and eventually encouraging them to focus on a single, specific issue about which they are particularly passionate, and write a speech to deliver on Capitol Hill on Monday to their Senator or Representative. Lobbying a Member of Congress is a unique experience that very few Americans take advantage of and one that can have a significant impact on the course of legislation. After meeting with L’Taken participants, Members of Congress have chosen to co-sponsor, offer amendments to and vote for pieces of legislation that participants discussed. Learn more.
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