Synagogue leaders are searching for new and innovative ways to draw young families into the synagogue, often with the hope of renewing their congregation for another generation. We need to change the conversation to focus on building relationships with new parents. A family with young children has a real need for community and connection. At that juncture, we have a unique opportunity to draw the family into Jewish life through inspirational engagement. By establishing and strengthening personal relationships with FwYC we can increase engagement.
The Engaging Families with Young Children (FwYC) Active Learning Network will explore practical tools, resources and networking opportunities to help congregations understand, evaluate and re-imagine pathways to connecting FwYC with Jewish role models and with the Jewish community.
The framework for this ALN will be to understand the needs of parents and how they are directly related to member engagement. Making relationships central to this equation refocuses our priorities on the people and how they relate to each other, to the congregation and to joyful Jewish life.
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.
The 4-month curriculum for this ALN will include six components:
Four 20-minute pre-recorded Learning Broadcasts from URJ Expert Faculty Practitioners
Rabbi Jonah Pesner, Relationships and Base Support
Rabbi Sam Joseph, Culture and Change
Amy Asin, Experimenting and Measuring
Being a Networked Congregation
Four 60-minute live chat sessions with the URJ Expert Faculty Practitioners following the Learning Broadcasts
Four Pre-Assignments for subject specific webinars
Four 60-minute live subject specific webinars
Reading material, resources and best practices provided throughout
Opportunity to be paired with other congregations participating in the ALN
This session will begin the week of
February 24, 2014 and conclude the week of June 9, 2014.
Sample 4-Week Schedule
The complete syllabus will be distributed to all
participants in mid-February.
Week 1: Topic 1 - Pre-Recorded Learning
Broadcast Watch the Topic 1
pre-recorded Learning Broadcast on your own time, whenever is convenient for you!
Week 2: Topic 1 - Live Online Chat
Join our Topic 1 Expert for a live online chat session as (s)he answers all
your pressing topical questions. The Live Online Chats will be held on a
mid-week day at 1pm ET and 8pm ET.
Week 3: Topic 2 - Readings
Explore this topic through reading hand-selected, relevant, and timely articles
and studies, sure to help you better understand this subject area.
Week 4: Topic 2 - Live Online Learning
Broadcast Live online Learning Broadcasts
will be held mid-week at 1pm ET or 2pm ET.