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 Shavuot Retreat 7-9 June
Rest and connect. Learn and reveal. Renew and explore. Join us in the Welsh mountains for an intimate Shavuot hosted by Ya’ad 2019, Reform Judaism’s leadership course for young adults. We’ll envision our dream communities and learn from each other, alongside hiking, relaxing, and a tikkun leil (learning evening) for Shavuot. There’s a lake for swimming, a wood-fired hot tub, and delicious vegan food. And yes, there will be cheesecake. Sign up closes on 17 May.
Birthright Israel Progressive trip
Sign ups for the Birthright Israel Progressive trip are now open! Join young adults (19-26) from across the UK, including alumni of RSY-Netzer and LJY-Netzer, and those looking to learn more about Progressive Judaism. Our Birthright Israel UK trip is this summer from 26 August – 5 September. Register your interest today!
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.
This reflection was part of a young adults havdalah in Manchester on 2 March. A reflection for Adar Aleph. Right now, we sit in the month of Adar Aleph, the…
By Ben Lewis, RSY-Netzer movement worker 2015/16 and Communications Consultant for Reform Judaism I don’t usually go to synagogue on a Saturday morning - the temptation of laziness tends to…
By Joanna May Sutton-Klein As Yom Ha’atzmaut races towards us this year, I find myself struggling to know how I want to meet it. I think back to the Yom…