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.
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EdVenture: Certificate in Adaptive Innovation from NYU
In these turbulent times, the study of entrepreneurship and innovation can be a stabilizing force, providing the mindset that will help you understand the new world, navigate it, and change it.
Emerging Jewish Thought Leaders Fall Academy: Jewish Values and American Democracy
Join the scholars of the prestigious Sholom Hartman Institute and peers from across the United States to explore your role in American democracy and the challenging moment we are in.
Environmental Justice Task Force
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
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
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.
Leadership Through The Arts Fellowship Powered by URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy
Interested in leading through the lens of artistic expression? Channel your passion for the arts and hone your leadership skills through the URJ Leadership Though the Arts Fellowship. Learn with working artists and movement leaders to shape and share your point of view.
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.
Navigating Complexity: Israel as a Case Study (Powered by The iCenter)
Learn about universal tools and frameworks for navigating complexity thoughtfully and responsibly. Through music, art, commentary, and the real stories of Israelis, we’ll explore democracy, gender equality, religious expression, race and more with the iCenter.
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
In support of the Black Lives Matter Movement and the urgency of this moment, this year we are launching the Racial Justice Task Force
Teen Justice Fellowship: Powered by the Religious Action Center
Connect with social justice leaders from across North America, learn how to organize and take action with experts, and make change in your community and around the world. This fellowship will launch in January 2021 and is open to 10th-12th grade high school students.
URJ Heller High
URJ Heller High is the Union for Reform Judaism's accredited semester-long program for Reform Jewish high school students in grades 10 to 12, offering an unparalleled opportunity to be immersed in the richness of the land, culture, people, and history of Israel, all while earning high school and college credit.
Yallah! 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.