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October 8, 2015 | 25th Tishrei 5776

What is Required for Participation?

  1. Board of Trustees Approval
    In order to take part in this exciting initiative, a congregation must receive the approval of its board of trustees. For further information, visit our Board of Trustees Discussion Guide.

  2. Completing an Application
    An interested congregation must complete an application, including: specifying congregational team members who will represent the congregation in this process, providing the Board of Trustees approval and articulating the congregation's interest and need in that particular topic.
    The next set of applications will go live in the fall of 2013.
    Read some sample application questions.

  3. In-Person Participation
    All individual participants are required to attend two separate in-person gatherings
    - a launch event and a culmination gathering.
    Participating congregations should cover the costs associated with sending participants to these gatherings
    . If this arrangement is not feasible, individual participants may cover these costs, but it is preferable for the congregations to do so. Participating congregations are strongly encouraged to send at least one (but preferably more) to the URJ Biennial. During this convention, experiments and pilot initiatives will be highlighted to the greater Movement, and there will be opportunities for community of practice group learning.

  4. Implementing Your Experiment/ Pilot
    Congregations must have adequate financial resources available and allocated to implement the experiment/pilot that will be developed through participation in the community of practice.

  5. Leadership / Human Resources
    Congregations must designate lay and/or professional leaders who will not only participate actively in the community of practice, but also spearhead the congregation's effort to successfully implement an appropriate pilot initiative.

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