Yael Roberts is Reform Judaism’s Young Adults Community Organiser. Her role is to provide inspirational learning and programming for young adults across the country including those in mixed-faith relationships, underlining Reform Judaism’s commitment to inclusion.
Reform Judaism recognises that young adults – often defined as those between the ages of 18 and 35 – engage with Jewish life in a variety of different ways. Some of these ways of engaging involve synagogues and participation in synagogue life. For others, their engagement with Jews and all things Jewish may not be so familiar.
In fact, the way people live, work, find partners and have families has changed in both the Jewish community and wider society over the past twenty years. This has a significant impact on the experiences, priorities and life-styles of young adults with many looking for models of engagement that are less ‘traditional’. Institutionally led activities and membership have given way to a focus on peer-led relationships, exploration and building on shared interests. Working with this age group requires us to concentrate on the network rather than the organisation, on the interest and passion of the individuals rather than the institutional agenda.
It is this context which informs the Reform Movement’s work with young adults; reaching out to people ‘where they are’ and investing in a vibrant future for British Jewish life.
Young Adults Blog
This is a new blog featuring monthly posts from young adults around the UK. The blog is an opportunity for those in their 20s and 30s to express their relationship with Reform Judaism, by engaging with Torah, Jewish holidays, and what it means to be in community.
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