Outside Our Walls
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
Other NFTY Pages & Resources:
NFTY-NAR – NFTY New York Area Region, ONESY’s NFTY Geographical Region
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
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. ”
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