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October 9, 2015 | 26th Tishrei 5776

Dru Greenwood

Synagogue Change & Outreach

Dru GreenwoodDru Greenwood's career has been dedicated to opening opportunities for deeper engagement for individuals and families in Jewish life and to strengthening the ability of congregations to fulfill their potential for building such sacred communities. Following the lead of Rabbi Alexander Schindler and Lydia Kukoff, she was an early shaper of Reform Jewish Outreach and served as director of the William and Lottie Daniel Department of Outreach at the URJ from 1991 through 2005, expanding its mission to encompass congregational outreach and engagement for all, Jews as well as interfaith families and and interested seekers. From 2005 to 2012, she furthered her interest in healthy congregational systems and the ways in which leaders can promote growth at UJA-Federation of New York where she was the founding executive director of SYNERGY, a cross-movement initiative to strengthen New York synagogues and, together with synagogues, to strengthen the Jewish community in New York. A planner, programmer, trainer, teacher, editor and writer, Dru delights in engaging with community leaders to move congregations toward their full potential. She guest-edited the Winter 2009 Journal of the Central Conference of American Rabbis on the topic of synagogue transformation. Dru received a B.A. from Smith College and an MSW with honors from Columbia University, and has served on the faculty of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

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