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Despite growing up in a Jewish household, it was not until high school that my Judaism really shaped my life’s path.

Caleb Herbst

The Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's L'Taken Social Justice Seminar brings teens from across the country to Washington, D.C. to learn about so

Alicia Goldenziel and Maxwell Rosenfeld

Last weekend, Harvey McGuinness participated in the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism's L'Taken Social Justice Seminar, which brings teens from a

Harvey McGuinness

Last week, Reform Jewish high school students from across the country came to Washington, D.C for the Bernard and Audre Rapaport L’Ta

Jacob Reeves

L’Taken is more than a kid-friendly version of real-life citizen engagement. L’Taken is the next step in the adultification of our youth.

Invited into the halls of Congress to urge their elected leaders to effectuate Jewish values, these soon-to-be voters take personal responsibility for their future. They choose issues they are most passionate about and research them with seriousness. (Our delegation focused on healthcare, LGBTQ rights, immigration, reproductive rights, and campaign finance, and issues related to Israel.) They reviewed briefing papers and studied relevant Jewish texts. They debated potential positions on pending legislation.

Rabbi Paul Kipnes and Rabbi Julia Weisz

Having chaperoned my first trip to a L’Taken seminar

Rabbi Sarah Bassin

In late January, high school students from across the country came together in Washington, D.C., for the fourth

Adam Waters

I’ve loved working at the RAC these past six months and one of the highlights of my time at the RAC so far has been our L’Taken social justice seminars for high school students, where nearly 300 Reform Jewish teens come to Washington, D.C. for a weekend to learn about social justice, lobby on Capitol Hill and get inspiration to be lifelong Jewish advocates. Now, when I first applied for this job, I wasn’t particularly excited about L’Taken. While the idea of engaging high school students on important social justice issues sounded appealing, I thought back to how my classmates behaved in high school. Fortunately, it turned out I was wrong and running six L’Takens the past three months has reminded me why I love working for the RAC so much.

By Ruthy Goldberg

A few weeks ago I attended L’Taken, the RAC’s social justice seminar in Washington DC, with a few of my peers from Temple Shalom in Chevy Chase, Maryland. During the program, we learned about a range of different topics from hunger, to the environment, to reproductive rights. On Monday we all had the opportunity to go lobby on Capitol Hill. I had the chance to lobby in both Senator Mikulski and Senator Cardin’s offices with my thoughts on embryonic stem cell research; how this topic relates to me personally and how it relates to me as a Reform Jew.

Over the course of six L’Taken seminars this winter, I had the opportunity to work with inspiring groups of teen advocates dedicated to ending violence against