Parents of today's young children (age 0-6) have many choices when seeking out deep and meaningful community connections. One option is to engage with a
synagogue community, which can be a gateway to lifelong Jewish commitment for parents and their children. Most important, forging deep, strong and
long-lasting Jewish connections can be done well by congregations without early childhood centers (preschools).
The URJ Successfully Engaging Young Families community of practice brings together congregations interested in starting or significantly
enhancing their efforts with this cohort, but have not yet successfully done so.
The URJ Successfully Engaging Young Families community of practice is comprised of twelve congregations that share a concern and passion for young family
engagement and seek to advance current strategies. Each congregational team minimally includes one lay leader and one staff member, or, in some
very small congregations, two key lay leaders. Through active participation over the 18-month process, these leaders learn together about key challenges
and opportunities of engaging families with young children, study best principles from across the field and identify and execute a pilot experiment to
scale-up their effots at home.
Who We Are
The URJ Successfully Engaging Young Families community of practice is comprised of the following congregations who have a shared concern and passion for
engaging families with very young children and the drive to advance their current strategies: