The Reform Jewish movement aims to engage teenagers with programs backed by newly available funding. The Union for Reform Judaism launched a national campaign for youth engagement, and the organization received a matching grant for nearly $200,000 from the Jim Joseph Foundation in support of its efforts.
The URJ will work to build stronger connections among synagogues, its network of summer camps, Israel experiences, service learning programs and NFTY, its North American youth movement. Also, the campaign intends to create opportunities to engage youth in organizations to entice interest in areas such as the arts, leadership development and community service. The goal of the organization is to increase teen engagement from 20% to 50% by 2020.