Find out about Ya’ad: a Jewish leadership programme for young adults (21-35) to give you Jewish skills and inspiring experiences, and to support you in sharing them.
The Movement for 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.
The Reform Movement has established Jeneration, for students and young adults. Jeneration is now working in partnership with our synagogues on specific projects where collective interests are better served by working together.
Rabbi Benji Stanley is the Movement’s Young Adult Development Rabbi. His role is to provide inspirational learning and programming for young adults across the country including those in mixed-faith relationships, underlining the Movement’s commitment to inclusion.
Jeneration works in two ways, providing intense, challenging opportunities for people to get together, learn, pray and travel. Jeneration also seeks out and works with young Jews to support them in creating new initiatives.
Our Student Fieldworker works with Reform and progressively minded Jewish students, to meet and socialise, pray and learn. In addition, Jeneration works with JSocs to add value to student provision in universities across the country. Jeneration provides them with support and inspiration to make this happen.
The High Holy Day ticket scheme is a joint project between us and Reform synagogues who want to make it possible for as many students and young adults to attend High Holy Day services as possible. Synagogues give out these tickets because they recognise that many people in the 18-27 age group are not members of any synagogue but believe that this shouldn’t stop someone attending services.