by Rabbi Fred Guttman and Rabbi Andy Koren (originally posted to the Reform Judaism Blog)
Here in Greensboro, N.C., we at Temple Emanuel have devoted much thought, time, and resources to youth engagement for more than a decade. The results have been impressive: We retain around 80% of our B’nai Mitzvah students though the end of 12th grade. Of those retained, some 75% will travel to Israel prior to graduation.
Based upon our experiences, we’ve compiled a dozen suggestions as to how congregations can increase youth engagement.