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.

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2021-2022 Teen Leadership Opportunities

Virtual
Find your place as a leader in your synagogue, in your community, and in the world! Work with mentors, take action, and make memories that will last a lifetime.

Atlanta Kesher Songleading Fellowship

South, Southeast
Open to Jewish teens currently in 9th-12th grade. Fellows receive support and coaching throughout the process from experienced songleading professionals.

Bernard and Audre Rapoport L'Taken Social Justice Seminars

The RAC’s Social Justice Seminars give thousands of Jewish teens the opportunity to impact our political process by speaking with policy makers on Capitol Hill. These weekend-long seminars are designed to expose participants to a variety of public policy issues and to explore the Jewish values that inform the Reform Movement’s advocacy.

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.