The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has over 900 member congregations of which Temple Dor Dorim is proudly one. For over 75 years the URJ has provided young people with immersive Jewish experiences in North America and Israel including:
- Year-round youth group programming
- Summer camps
- Travel and study abroad programs in Israel
- Social justice, advocacy and service learning programs
NFTY (North American Federation of Temple Youth) serves teens from grades 6 to 12 providing a Reform Jewish community in which to grow, learn and lead. TOUCHY and ATID, Temple Dor Dorim’s high school and middle school youth group’s respectfully, are active NFTY youth groups.
URJ Summer Camps are located throughout North America and provide amazing adventures combined with Jewish living and learning. Our “local” camp is Camp Coleman in Cleveland, Georgia. There are also URJ camps specializing in various areas including the NFTY Leadership Experience at URJ Kutz Camp, sports at URJ 6 Points Sports Academy, URJ 6 Points Science & Technology Academy and the URJ 6 Points Creative Arts Academy which opened in 2018.
URJ Israel Programs offer a multitude of hands-on Israel experiences for 9th graders through 30 year olds (not on the same programs) with varying lengths from 10 days on a Birthright free trip to Israel to summer with NFTY in Israel and a high school-semester with Israel as the classroom to an 8 month program for high school graduates.
Social Justice and Action Programs through the URJ take the Jewish values we hold dear and transform them into action that can be felt locally and globally. The RAC L’Taken Social Justice Seminar has been a part of our Confirmation class trip to Washington, DC. Our teens learn about public policy issues and prepare to visit our senators and representatives in Congress. Mitzvah Corps has thirteen different summer programs in the United States, Central America, Israel, and around the world where teens work to make a difference in the lives of others.
Visit urj.org/youth or contact Jamie Mafdali, Youth and Informal Education Director for more information or to get involved.
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