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Engaging Youth 

The Reform Jewish Community of Canada provides young people with immersive Jewish experiences in Canada and around the world instilling a sense of joy, compassion, and pride in being Jewish while nurturing our youth’s innate desire to make a difference in the world.  These programs are offered through the URJ, the North American arm of the Reform Community. The youth programs offered engage more than 20,000 youth, teens, and young adults each year and include summer camps, Israel programs, Mitzvah Corps social justice travel programs, and NFTY: The Reform Youth Movement.

Central to our strategy is a collaboration with Reform congregations, other Jewish organizations, and individuals who are committed to youth engagement. Together with our congregations, we offer a continuum of influence that starts during childhood, continues through the college years, and sees expression in Jewish engagement and identification during adulthood. Our goal is not a transactional, “one-off” experience but the creation of committed, transformational, ongoing relationships that ultimately leads to an increase in the number of young Jews choosing to be Jewish, living Jewish lives, and impacting the world in positive ways.