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Reimagining Financial Support for Your 21st Century Congregation
Over and over again we hear that current models of synagogue financial support are not working. Temple leaders are searching for new and innovative models to restructure their finances and to strengthen their members' involvement.

The Reimagining Financial Support for Your 21st Century Congregation Active Learning Network will explore practical tools, resources and networking opportunities to help congregations understand, evaluate and reimagine their financial support which is primarily comprised of dues, fees and philanthropy.

The framework for this ALN will be to understand financial support as it is directly related to member engagement. By strengthening personal relationships within the congregation, we can increase financial contributions to our temples. Making relationships is central to this equation, refocuses our priorities on the people and how they relate to each other, the congregation and to their financial obligation.

Participation is free for URJ congregations. Registration for the current ALN cycle is now closed. Please check this page for any updates or for information about future openings.

This 4-month ALN begins the week of February 24 with the first webinar on Tuesday, February 25 at 2:00 pm ET. The ALN then continues with: 

  1. Four 20-minute pre-recorded Learning Broadcasts by the four URJ faculty listed below, followed by live chat sessions with them. (ALN participants listen to these Learning Broadcasts on their own the week before the live chat sessions)
    1. Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Relationships and Base Support (live chat session: Wednesday, March 12 at 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET)
    2. Rabbi Sam Joseph, Culture and Change (live chat session: Wednesday, April 9 at 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET)
    3. Amy Asin, Experimenting and Measuring (live chat session: Thursday, May 8 at 1:00 pm and 8:00 pm ET)
    4. TBD
  1. Four webinars and/or readings that specifically relate to reimagining financial support. (ALN participants listen to/read these on their own the week before the live sessions)

  2. Four 60-minute live sessions to learn, discuss and share ideas about the webinars and/or readings from the previous week (live sessions are the weeks of March 24, April 21, May 19, and June 9; specific dates and topics TBD)

  3. ALN participants will be paired with other congregations participating in the ALN

Reimagining Financial Support ALN Coordinator: Debbie Joseph

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