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Two smiling teen girls holding signs that say FUTURE VOTER and SOCIAL JUSTICE ADVOCATE

Civic engagement, with voting at its center, is essential to our Reform Jewish values. Our sacred texts teach us that every voice in the community must be heard when it comes to making important decisions. Here's how to get involved this year. 

Jessica Becker
Woman wearing a kippah turned away from the camera with her hand and forehead resting against the Western Wall

My career path wasn't always clear, and certainly not straight, but I recently discovered that I can draw a direct line from my current role (and my entire worldview around gender conditioning and Judaism) to the guiding Jewish values of my upbringing. 

Nicole Nevarez
Smiling teen girl digging in the dirt next to a hand painted sign that says BROCCOLI in both Hebrew and English

As humanity recovers from this crisis, we have the opportunity to build a more sustainable, just society that promotes both our health and the health of our planet. 

Jamie Starr
Screenshot of a Zoom call featuring three teenagers and one elderly man

To close out this year's observance of Yom HaShoah, Holocaust Remembrance Day, Reform Jewish teen leaders spoke with Holocaust survivor Ralph Rehbock to hear his story and talk about finding hope in times of darkness. 

Kate Kaput
Happy couple holding hands in front of the silhouette of the US Capitol building

I knew I wanted to serve the Reform Jewish community in a professional capacity – but despite encouragement from Reform mentors, I knew the rabbinate wasn’t the right place for me to do so.

Debra Perlin
A group of Heller High students, including the author's daughter in the front row all the way to the left

URJ Heller High integrates academic, social, and emotional learning, powerfully transforming teens’ Jewish identities. Learn how it prepared my daughter for her future.

Susan Morrel, RJE
Glory Mayreis stands at a podium bearing the name NFTY Convention

In eighth grade, I finally came to terms with my LGBTQ identity. A year later, standing outside our synagogue on a Friday night, I came out to my twin brother.

Glory Mayreis
A cupped pair of hands holding a small green plant in dirt

Learn Torah from NFTY-ite April Springer, winner of this year’s Blickstein D’var Torah Competition.

April Springer
Teen girl facing away from the camera in a shirt that reads STRONGER in front of a seated audience of other teens

I want to be open about my faith so that others may not have to experience the same hardships my family went through.

Anonymous
Five NFTY in Israel leaders, two young men and three young women, all smiling

The relationship between North American and Israeli Jews is complicated. NFTY in Israel leaders, Israelis and Americans, represent the best each community has to offer. 

Rabbi Rich Kirschen

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