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Many teens feel disengaged from Jewish life by the time they graduate from high school. The Reform Judaism magazine editors sought out four Reform teens who had been estranged from Jewish life but then found a way back to Judaism.

We invite you to read each teen’s story and then lend your voice to the conversation. What have your Jewish experiences been like? What gets you inspired and what turns you off? Do you agree with these teens' ideas about youth engagement-why/why not? What do adults need to know about how to engage young people in Jewish life?

Help Us Find
Our Own Jewish Meaning

by Austin Wand

Congregation Har HaShem
Boulder, CO

Accept Us
As We Are

by Kira Harland

Temple Solel
Cardiff, CA

We Need Community
& Connection

by Rachel Blume

Scarsdale Synagogue Temples Tremont
and Emanu-El

Scarsdale, NY

by Elan Kramer

Congregation Shir Ha-Ma'alot
Irvine, CA

About the CYE

The Campaign for Youth Engagement is a focused, strategic effort to ensure that we leverage the full strength and talent of every corner of our Movement – the educators, rabbis, cantors, HUC professors, camp professionals, youth workers, community organizers, lay leaders, parents, and teens, and more – to ensure that we SUCCEED in engaging the majority of youth by the year 2020.

Union for Reform Judaism.