The initial process
takes place over 18-24 months. Learning and networking take place at in-person gatherings, ongoing e-learning,
virtual gatherings and coaching from URJ staff.
The curriculum includes six components:
Research/Study of the Field:
Exploration of relevant topics, learning from experts, studying best principles and exploring common challenges.
After learning together for a few months, each congregational team
is encouraged to craft an experiment/pilot proposal that addresses a pressing issue for the congregation, which arose from the learning.
Experiment Implementation: Congregations launch their pilots while sharing successes and troubleshooting challenges with
the full community of practice.
Using the pilot's benchmarks for success, congregations track the accomplishments of the experiment.
Community of practice congregations share
successes with the Movement-at-large in various ways.
Coaching: One on one conversations with a URJ staff member to discuss the pilot program, work through challenges and savor successes.
Although URJ communities of practice learn, experiment and reflect
together for an intensive 18-24 months, ultimately the process is designed to serve as a
change, helping congregations transform into communities of belonging,
meaning and purpose. The relationships and learning that emerge from the communities
last well beyond the initial intensive experience with continued learning and networking.