"Communities of practice are defined as groups of people who share a concern or a passion for something they do and learn how to do it better as they
interact regularly." (Etienne Wenger, Communities of Practice; A Brief Introduction).
Through communities of practice, URJ congregations are coming together to learn from experts in the field, ask big questions, share ideas and best
principles, apply these lessons through experimentation and as a result, strengthen their congregation. Participation
in a community of practice emboldens congregational lay leaders and professionals to take risks, learn from their successes and challenges and
establish new knowledge for the field and the Movement.
"Across North America, people hunger for real connections. They want – they need – to be part of meaningful communities. The URJ's new initiative, Communities of Practice, is designed specifically to meet that need. Please join us in this holy work, as Reform congregations come together, taking risks, exploring new ideas, innovating, refining, retrying, and, ultimately, re-imagining Jewish life."