Youth & Teen Programs

From summer camps to youth groups, teen-powered social action to travel programs in Israel and around the world, there is a place for every young person to connect, learn, grow, and have fun.

For more than 75 years, the Union for Reform Judaism has provided young people with immersive Jewish experiences that transform and enrich lives. Based in Reform Jewish values, these programs provide nurturing, educational, and fun experiences that promote community, enhance spiritual growth, cultivate Jewish identity, and foster lifelong friendships.

See the URJ’s commitment to health and safety – URJ Youth Policies and Procedures.

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Environmental Justice Task Force

Virtual
The Environmental Justice Task Force will take action around environmental issues that are impacting individuals globally. Members will receive education on the ways they can combat climate change in their own Jewish communities and in the world through tangible measures.

Inclusion Task Force

Virtual
The Inclusion Task Force is a great place for… everybody! Together we will learn about best practices from our peers and experts and provide you with the tools to incorporate inclusion into every step of planning, organizing, and implementing programs.

Israel Education Task Force

Virtual
Collaborate with teens across North America while learning, educating, mobilizing, and connecting around Israel! Through the Israel Engagement Task Force, you will create resources, learn from educators and professionals, grow your own relationship with Israel, engage in meaningful social justice work, and so much more.

Madrichim Academy

Virtual
As Abraham Joshua Heschel said, “what we need more than anything else is not textbooks, but textpeople.” Calling all “textpeople” to participate in this new learning opportunity! We will experiment with how to be a student leader in formal, virtual, and informal environments.

Mitzvah Corps

Northeast, West Coast
Mitzvah Corps is the Union for Reform Judaism's network of immersive social justice travel programs for high school students, offering Jewish young adults the chance to build meaningful relationships with like-minded peers and people from around the world and to ask valuable questions, support local efforts, and be real global citizens.

NFTY in Israel

NFTY in Israel is the Union for Reform Judaism's network of Israel travel programs for teens. High school students hike, climb, discover, and explore with new friends from across the continent, returning home with endless personal accomplishments, meaningful memories, and a lifelong connection to Israel.

NFTY - The Reform Jewish Youth Movement

Midwest/Canada, Northeast, South, Southeast, West Coast
NFTY is open to teens in grades 6 to 12, helping Jewish teens build confidence, friendships and leadership skills through experiential youth-led educational programming including social justice projects, worship, and community-building initiatives .Programs are offered by nearly 500 Reform congregations and on a regional and North American level.

RAC Social Justice Academy

The Reform Movement's commitment to the pursuit of justice and providing meaningful opportunities for high school students is unwavering. The RAC Social Justice Academy, new for the 2020-2021 year, offers meaningful, fun, and actionable Jewish social justice education in a virtual setting. 

Racial Justice Task Force

Virtual
In support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the urgency of this moment, this year we are launching the Racial Justice Task Force