Young Adults

https://uscj.org/blog/safety-a...New engagement pilots for young adults!

For years, USCJ has focused on engaging synagogue leaders and teens. But many people today, especially adults in their 20’s and 30’s, don’t affiliate with synagogues. Newer generations of adults deserve opportunities to find meaning and relevance from Jewish community, wisdom, and tradition. We need to meet their evolving needs and interests in ways that work for them as individuals with unique life journeys.

To meet that need, USCJ’s Department of Engagement is piloting several projects that aim to connect emerging adults (i.e. first few years after high school) to Jewish experiences, resources, and relationships that can be valuable for them during this stage of life. 

Here you will find a few of our recent pilot programs.

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Many young adults are looking to make a significant impact on social justice topics they're passionate about. USCJ is offering a community organizing class through JOIN for Justice with other Movement partners. This online class offers strategies to help Jewish leaders effectively work with their community to build a more just world.

The class will run on Tuesdays (with optional Thursdays) from November 15, 2022-January 12, 2023 (with holiday breaks), with both live meetings and pre-recorded videos. All are welcome to register, and Jewish leaders 30 and under receive a special registration rate of $36 plus they are eligible for a micro-grant up to $500 for a justice project after completion of the class.

Don't Kvetch, Organize! Learn more about this class here.

OPEN DOORS CAMPAIGN

Offering Recent High School Graduates Ongoing Connection to Jewish Community

For recent high school graduates from the last few years (2018-2022)...

Are you venturing to college, joining the military, taking a gap year, building your career or something in between? What doors can we open for you? Take part in this brief survey so we can help you connect with your nearest Jewish community and other valuable resources or opportunities. Submit your Open Doors survey here.

SUMMER IN THE CITY PROJECT WITH THE JEWISH THEOLOGICAL SEMINARY

Connecting late teens/early 20s to rabbinical students to create Jewish community and experiences together

Using a combination of relational engagement and community organizing practices, two rabbinical students from the Jewish Theological Seminary engaged people in their late/teens early 20s staying in the Washington DC Metro area including Northern Virginia this summer. Some people had long-standing connections to our Movement, but many were not involved in their Jewish communities growing up and others chose Judaism recently. The rabbinical students helped facilitate Jewish connection and community with people in this transient stage of life who were seeking egalitarian Jewish experiences and learning opportunities. The interest and needs are high, and we were grateful to fill an unmet need since the organized Jewish community typically has few options for this population during the summer months.

The pilot program, Summer in the City, brought together a pair of rabbinical students from JTS with young adults in the Washington DC area to build Jewish connections and communities!

Read the article: People, then programs: Building a Jewish community in the nation’s capital