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Successfully Engaging Young Families

young familiesParents 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:

Congregation Shir Ami Castro Valley, CA congshirami.org
Temple Beth Torah Ventura, CA templebethtorah.com
Congregation B'nai Torah Highland Park, IL bnaitorahhighlandpark.org
Temple Beth Am Framingham, MA tempbetham.org
Temple Shalom of Newton Newton, MA templeshalom.org
Temple Beth El Charlotte, NC beth-el.com
Congregation Adas Emuno Leonia, NJ adasemuno.org
Temple Emanu-El Utica, NY templeemanuel-utica.org
Temple B'nai Israel Oklahoma City, OK thetempleokc.org
Beth David Reform Congregation Gladwyne, PA bdavid.org
Temple Shalom Dallas, TX templeshalomdallas.org
Temple Beth El Tacoma, WA templebethel18.org
Topics covered include
  • Road Map for Managing Congregational Change
  • Building a Base of Support
  • The Art of Having Coffee
  • Setting the Climate for Congregational Culture
  • Best Principles of Existing Models
  • Visioning and Mission Development
  • Social Connection and Social Networking
  • Drafting and Implementing an Engagement Initiative for Your Congregation
  • Creating Metrics for Success
  • Sharing Measureable Results Widely

In the News

Staffing

  • Stephanie Fink, Associate Engagement Director, 212.452.6792, sfink@urj.org
  • Cathy Rolland, Faculty, Early Childhood Education, 212.650.4111, crolland@urj.org
 
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