Join us as Biennial for these at other engaging Learning Sessions.
How Do They Know We're Here? Finding and Recruiting New Members Description: How do we attract new members? Are we making the best use of our Union's membership resources and creative congregational resources to reach the unaffiliated? Participants will hear about Belin Award winning programs for recruitment and learn cutting edge methods and best practices to reach the unaffiliated. Explore 5 ways to recruit new members. Attendees will share their challenges and successes. Block A, Wednesday, December 14, 2-3:30pm
Beyond the Welcome: Creating a Home for the Non-Jew in your Community Description: Welcoming interfaith families is great, but it's not enough - we've realized the blessing non-Jewish member can be in our community. With interfaith families becoming 50% of our community, it's in our interest to engage them. How do we encourage interfaith families to claim their place as vital members of our congregations? Join us as we learn from clergy and lay leaders how they succeed in making interfaith families an integral part of their congregation. Block B, Wednesday, December 14, 3:45-5:15pm
Re-Envisioning your Membership Committee Description: The work of a congregation's Membership Committee is crucial to the creation of an involved and connected community. The Membership Committee is the primary group that focuses on attracting, recruiting, integrating and retaining members, helping them find a lifelong place for themselves. How can your leadership recruit an effective chairperson who will be supported by active committee members who are dedicated to and educated promoting lifelong membership? Learn from other URJ congregations who have formed successful Membership Committees. Block B, Wednesday, December 14, 3:45-5:15pm
Different Faces at Our Table: Welcoming the New Jewish Family Description: Did you know that 10% of American Jews identify with a race other than white? From Jews by Choice to intermarriage to adoption, when Jewish families gather around the dinner table these days it looks like a veritable rainbow of colors and ethnicities. Learn how to welcome transracial families, multi-ethnic families, gay and lesbian families, and families created by adoption into your congregation and make your synagogue as colorful as the rainbow! Block D, Thursday, December 14, 3:45-5:15pm
How to Expand your Active Volunteer and Leadership Core Description: Explore ways to expand the active volunteer and leadership core of your congregations and to move beyond the expected "go-to" people. Just like the fourth child from our Pesach seder - sh'ayno yodeah leeshole - there are members of our congregations who do not know how to ask to get involved. This session will guide participants through a process of how to get to know, motivate, recruit and involve all your members. Block E, Friday, December 16, 8:30-10am
It's Never Too Early or Too Late! Engaging and Retaining Your Members Description: Membership engagement and retention involves responding to the changing needs of your members, creating a sense of community within the congregation and involving members during all stages of their lives. Whether we are small or large, how do we create a community environment that no one wants to leave? Learn ways to increase the "active core" of your congregations and warning signs of disengagement. Participants will hear about Belin Award winning programs for engagement and retention and share their challenges and successes. Block F, Friday, December 16, 2:15-3:45pm