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Engaging Youth & Families with Young Children
Engage, Educate and Inspire the Next Generation

The Union for Reform Judaism’s youth programs instill a sense of joy, compassion, and pride in being Jewish while nurturing a young person’s innate desire to make a difference in the world. 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. 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.

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Youth Programs


With 15 camps across North America, URJ operates the largest, most successful Jewish camping program in the world.

Communities of Practice

URJ Communities

Communities of Practice (CoP) convene cohorts of congregational leaders for long-term, innovative learning from experts 

Engaging Families with Young Children

Partnerships and programs to expand Jewish engagement for families with young children.

Strengthening Congregational Youth Engagement

We are committed to providing exceptional professional development for adults working with youth as one of the tenets of Inspired Engagement.

Israel Programs

Since 1958, thousands of high school students, college students, and grads have traveled to Israel on URJ Israel programs.

Inclusion & Disabilities

The URJ is committed to providing a Reform Jewish experience to all young people, including those with disabilities.

Social Action & Service Travel Programs

Teens can select hands on social justice experiences in many international locations.

Youth Group Programs

NFTY Youth Group Programs for Reform Jewish Teens

North American Federation of Temple Youth is a Reform Jewish community for high school students.