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Temple Am Echad, and our Youth Programs, are proudly affiliated and support the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) and the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) Camps & Israel programs.

Below you will find details on a number of programs run by the Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth, Camps, and Israel Programs division.



North American Federation of Temple Youth

“For over seventy years, the North American Federation of Temple Youth (NFTY) has offered thousands of young people the opportunity to explore and live Reform Judaism.
Today, over 750 Reform congregations throughout North America sponsor Temple Youth Groups, bringing the NFTY experience to more than 10,000 high school-age young people in grades 9 thru 12. Through involvement opportunities offered by congregations, our 19 NFTY regions, and on the North American level, NFTYites strive to forge an identity in consonance with the goals and values of Reform Judaism.” ~ The NFTY Web Site

Other NFTY Pages & Resources:

NFTY-NAR – NFTY New York Area Region, ONESY’s NFTY Geographical Region

The NFTY Blog

The NFTY Program Bank



Union for Reform Judaism Camps

In 1951, we opened the doors of our first camp with an eye to creating memorable experiences for Jewish children each summer. In the fifty-nine years since then, we’ve been at the forefront of the Jewish camping experience. With thirteen camps across North America, and complementary programs in Israel, we’re the largest Jewish camping system in the world. And we know how to do camping right.

Eisner & Crane Lake Camps – Our Regional URJ Summer Camps

Union for Reform Judaism Camps Home – See the entire network of URJ Summer Camp Programs

Union for Reform Judaism’s Youth & Summer Programs



NFTY and URJ Programs in Israel

Since 1958, thousands of families have chosen NFTY for more than a promise of a thrilling summer. NFTY programs have transformed nearly 30,000 young people by turning a spark of interest into a summer of exciting challenges, wonderful new friends, and a lifelong involvement with Judaism. More than 350 synagogues, 19 youth regions, numerous Jewish camps, Jewish Federations and communities annually turn to NFTY to provide the ultimate teen travel experience.

NFTY in Israel – Summer Trips to Israel

NFTY-EIE Semester in Israel (for High School Students)

Go Kesher – The Reform Movement’s Taglit Birthright Trips

Links to other Israel programs may be found on the URJ Youth Programs Page


Mitzvah Corps and Other URJ Social Justice Programs

“The heart of the argument is that there is no such thing as ‘Social Action Judaism,’ that the thread of social justice is so authentically and intricately woven into the many-colored fabric we call Judaism that if you seek to pull that thread out, the entire fabric unravels, that the Judaism that results is distorted, is neutered, is rendered aimless.” – Rabbi David Saperstein, Director of the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism

Mitzvah Corps (Summer Service Learning Opportunities for teens)

Religious Action Center L’Taken Social Justice Seminar (Confirmation Class Program)

Religious Action Center Machon Kaplan Internship (Undergrad Internship Opportunities)

Religious Action Center Eisendrath Legislative Assistants (Post-Grad Professional Experience)