Building a new synagogue, purchasing a building or renovating an existing space is an inspiring, affirming, exciting and sometimes daunting process. The Union for Reform Judaism has developed a series of resources to guide congregations through the myriad of decisions that must be made during an architectural project. The resources combine information about organizational processes and building considerations with Jewish perspectives about sacred space and holy encounters. Visit the Sacred Space and Synagogue Architecture website and use the publications listed below to learn more.
To design sacred communal space, we must develop a program of use that responds to the needs of the congregational community.
Greening Reform Judaism, the Unions central portal for green resources, was created to promote an awareness of environmental considerations and environmentally responsible acts by integrating Jewish values, learning and actions that promote shomrai adamah - protection and renewal of the world.
Examples of Union congregations' funeral and cemetery policies.
You can download any of the above listed publications by clicking on the title. If you prefer a hard copy of the publication, visit URJ Books and Music online to place your order. (Please note that most of the publications are free of charge.) Order now!