congregations

congregations

Male and female graduating NFTY seniors with their arms around one another while wearing college tee shirts

One of our great sages, Mark Twain, famously and correctly observed that everyone talks about the weather but no one does anything about it. The same, unfortunately, could be said of the lack of Je

Rabbi Rick Jacobs and Evan Traylor
Alarm clock on dresser; woman awake in bed in the middle of the night

If you devote your volunteer time or your professional career to a synagogue, what keeps you up at night?

Michael H. Goldberg
URJ board mission participants in front of Israeli flags on flag polls

Several weeks ago, I spent Purim in the Israeli city of Ra'anana, just a bit north of Tel Aviv.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
schematic of man walking up stairs

Leadership development is critical for any congregation that expects to thrive now and in the future.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai
Male hand holding a white megaphone against a chalkboard

Sustained moral outrage must be our only response to the prevalence of firearm-related deaths in our country.

Rabbi Aaron Meyer
Compass dial pointing to best principle

Everyone wants an easy answer: “Tell us what to do, and we’ll do it!” synagogue leaders often plead – but given congregations’ varied histories, cultures, demographics, physical spaces, and resourc

Amy Asin
Shabbat service in a synagogue sanctuary

Judaism is a communal religion. We celebrate together, we mourn together, we worship together, we learn together, and we play together.

Alan Zeichick
Sign-post with these signs: help, support, advice, guidance

There was a time when congregational leadership roles were clearly defined. Staff members served one role and volunteers served another.

Gila Hadani Ward
Man playing guitar on bimah surrounding by teens singing along

Throughout 2016, as colleagues and I visited congregations across North America, we were inspired by the many ways they are adapting to the changing landscape of our world.

Amy Asin

Twenty-first century congregational leaders face many challenges that require innovation and agility, while they also grapple with concerns Jewish leaders have encountered for generations.

Amy Asin