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October 4, 2015 | 21st Tishrei 5776
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Lifelong Membership - Biennial Initiative

A 68th Biennial Initiative

What I am proposing is that we rededicate ourselves to the work of expanding our membership rolls and retaining our current members. …while our professionals have a critical role to play, the primary work of welcoming strangers, embracing seekers, and involving current members is done by empowered laypeople who become ambassadors of Judaism. Communities, after all, are not built by professionals; they are built by us all.
-- Rabbi Eric Yoffie, November 19, 2005


Membership drives the synagogue community and is best nurtured when the individuals in your community are known, valued and supported throughout their individual and family life cycle. The Union has created ways to help your congregation welcome and involve new members and to engage and retain longtime members.

Here you will find resources and programs to help you achieve lifelong synagogue membership in your congregation. These program offerings will create connections among members, lead to meaningful relationships and give your lay leaders opportunities to create a community where affiliation becomes a sacred covenant between member and congregation.



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