TRAINING AND DEVELOPING INSPIRING LEADERS
By 2020, there will be a motivated and prepared new generation of dynamic leaders, both lay and professional, who will lead the transformation of our congregations and sacred communities to create, nurture, and sustain local Jewish communities of meaning and purpose. This new constituency of visionary leaders will guide us along the path to our future.
The URJ will advance our priorities by focusing on congregational leaders, leaders who work with youth, and youth leaders. Making a strategic investment in training and developing a pipeline of inspired and inspiring leaders will have a profound and lasting impact on our congregations and build strong Jewish communities that, together, will transform the way people connect to Judaism.
The URJ Community structure, with its focus on local connections, may provide a natural pipeline to reach congregational leaders and learn from them through local networking.
Then Moses summoned Joshua and said to him in the presenceDeuteronomy 31:7
of all Israel, “Be strong and courageous, for you must go with this people into the land that the Eternal One swore to their ancestors to give them.”
ENGAGE, EDUCATE AND INSPIRE THE NEW GENERATION
By 2020, through the URJ’s Campaign for Youth Engagement, there will be a significant increase in the number of Jewish youth engaging in Jewish life. The focus on youth engagement is quite literally our investment in the future.
The URJ has made a commitment to a comprehensive Campaign for Youth Engagement that is integrating all youth activities, including camp, NFTY, social justice, and Israel programs, as a key part of the URJ’s overall strategy. There will be a highly coordinated set of experiences that promote and sustain young people’s connection to Judaism and to the Reform Movement. Accordingly, we plan to continue to invest in and grow our network of Jewish camps and incorporate their work with our local communities wherever possible. We will create an increasingly rich variety of opportunities aimed at affiliated and unaffiliated youth while also developing, training, and supporting youth leaders and individuals working with youth.
A new culture of experimentation and innovation has already fostered ground-breaking changes in youth-driven programming, integration between camp, congregation, and travel programs, and the removal of age and membership barriers for affiliation. With more on-ramps to participation available and expanded offerings for children as young as 11, the focus on youth is yet another instrument to get more families joining and engaging in congregational life for a lifetime.
REACHING AND INSPIRING THE UNENGAGED,
THE UNAFFILIATED, AND INTERFAITH FAMILIES
By 2020, the Reform Movement will have significantly stimulated an increase in participation in Jewish communal activity that strengthens Jewish identity for those who are seekers. We will have embraced interfaith families, and made clear that they have a home in our Movement. We envision opportunity in this bold outreach: the invigoration and expansion of our community.
The URJ is committed to ensuring that all activities in which the organization invests will encourage deeper connection to Jewish identity, increase congregational participation, and will be open, accessible, and attractive to Jews, non-Jews, and interfaith families. Particular emphasis will be on reaching young families with children as they are among the most likely to be looking for a sacred community as well as have an interfaith marriage.
How good it is to sit together with brothers and sisters in unity.
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