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What is a Community of Practice?

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.

Upcoming Communities of Practice

Thank you all - our application period for 2015 is now closed. For any questions about the Communities of Practice, please contact Jessica Ingram.

We are offering Communities of Practice in the following topics:

  • Building a Brand: Excellence in Reform Movement Early Childhood Engagement
  • Creating Connected Communities for Families with Young Children (for congregations without Early Childhood Centers)
  • Engaging Congregants: Small Groups with Meaning
  • Finding the Sacred in the Mundane: Reimagining Financial Support
  • Pursuing Justice: Becoming a Community of Action (with the Religious Action Center)
  • B'nai Mitzvah Revolution: Innovators Lab

Click here to view recordings of our Communities of Practice online informational sessions.

For more information and for any questions, please join the conversation in The Tent

"Across North America, congregational leaders are seeking to learn from each other and innovate so that they can engage more congregants in sacred community. Congregational leaders want to change, but they need support to take risks. The URJ's 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."

- Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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