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In the fall of 2017, the Union for Reform Judaism evaluated whether Reform Movement youth experiences – NFTY, URJ Camps, and congregational teen experiences – have a lasting impression into adulthood, as alumni who embrace Jewish life as a path to meaning, purpose, and joy and shape a more whole, just, and compassion world in our congregations and beyond.
CLASP Fellows (Camp Leader And Synagogue Professional) are full-time year-round staff that spend the summer at a URJ camp and the academic year in a synagogue.
CLASP stands for Camp Leader and Synagogue Professionals. URJ CLASP Fellowships are a bold and exciting initiative designed to bring the magic of URJ camping into congregations and to bring the children from those congregations into URJ camps.
Hear from some recent CLASP Fellows.
During the academic year CLASP Fellows work in Reform Jewish synagogues building relationships with families and kids, imagining new and innovative approaches to youth engagement, and celebrating year-round Jewish life.
CLASP Fellowship positions are available to view here, and applications will be accepted on a rolling basis until positions are filled.
Tu BiShvat, the precursor to Earth Day, should make us alert to our air, water, animals, and foliage – and all that we’re doing to destroy them.
URJ Camps and Israel programs offer a wide range of staffing opportunities in North America and Israel. As a staff member in one of these programs, you will have the opportunity to try new things, develop important lifelong skills, make a lasting impact on the lives of Jewish youth, and have fun throughout the summer!
Being Jewish in Russia is still a difficult choice, and being a Progressive Jew even more so. Although the fall of the Soviet Union freed its citizens to practice religion, the vast majority are Russian Orthodox.
Now 80 years old, Progressive Judaism has a credible record here. It reached a seeming high point about mid-way along that timeline; the period since the violent Soweto student uprising in 1976 has seen a decline in both the overall number of Jews and Progressive Jews.