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 12th graders. With with NFTY in Israel you can choose from 5 specialty trips, including a visit to Eastern Europe, a high school semester, a trip through the lens of social justice, a sports trip for athletes, and a sci-tech Israel trip. Want an longer experience, study in high school with a semester with Israel as the classroom with URJ Heller High.
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 three different summer programs, two in the United States and one in Israel, where teens work to make a difference in the lives of others.
Visit urj.org/youth or contact Jamie Mafdali, Director of Youth Engagement: Learning & Programs for more information or to get involved.
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