Temple Israel of Omaha, NE put together a Hineini appeal display in their lobby with art, pledge cards, and information. Then, they wrote an enthusiastic article for the Omaha Jewish Press hilighting Hineini complete with interviews of congregants and their Hineini project Chair, photos of their display, and notes about their progress. The artwork below was created by Lee Needleman with assistance from Ducky Milder for Temple Israel's Hineini appeal. Temple Israel is enjoying wonderful success with their project.
Greater Southington Jewish Congregation of Southington, CT is introducing the Hineini lesson plans in its religious school, as well as emailing information to new members about the program.
Congregation Kol Tikvah of Parkland, FL sent a flyer to each congregant to make them aware of Kol Tikvah's goal to become a Builder Congregation.
Congregation Oheb Sholom of Wyomissing, PA is asking members to give a Chanukah gift to Hineini. Oheb Sholom rewards each member donor with a certificate of appreciation.
Congregation Or Ami of Lafayette Hill, PA is donating a portion of ticket sales from a recent cantoral concert to Hineini.
Beth Havarim of Mahwah, NJ posted a link to Hineini on its website.
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Supporting Reform Jews around the world is both a Jewish obligation and a central element of our Reform Movement's mission. What follows are some ways in which your congregation can take part in building an international Reform Jewish community and supporting the growth of Progressive congregations in countries across the globe.
Become a Builder Congregation
Work with the Union to raise money for a Reform Judaism project in Israel or the former Soviet Union and Eastern Europe.
Worship, Holidays, and Ritual
In your Shabbat and holiday services, include a prayer for Israel.
In your Shabbat and holiday services, include a prayer for Jews around the world.
Display an Israeli flag on your congregation's bimah.
Host an annual Yom HaAtzma-ut (Israeli Independence Day) celebration.
Hold a Passover seder with a world Reform Jewry theme at your synagogue.
As part of your religious school curriculum, teach students about Reform Jews living around the world.
Provide scholarship money for students in your congregation who want to travel to Israel.
Organize pen-pal programs or other learning programs for your religious school classes in partnership with Progressive Jewish students abroad.
Encourage your youth group to help its NFTY region become a builder region by holding creative fund-raisers, or give your youth group a special role in helping your congregation reach its goals for the program.
Institute a weekly trivia question in your religious school classes based on the information in the "Did You Know?" section on the Hineini Web site.
Regularly include pieces about world Reform Jewry in your synagogue bulletin.
Hold workshops about world Reform Jewry, the virtue of establishing ties between Reform communities across the globe, and the North American Reform Jewish community's responsibility to growing Reform communities in other countries.
Invite visiting scholars and speakers from Progressive Jewish communities abroad to speak and/or teach at your congregation.
Send delegations to visit Progressive Jewish congregations in countries outside North America.
Help interested congregants sign up to receive e-mail updates from the World Union for Progressive Judaism (WUPJ) and/or the Israel Religious Action Center (IRAC).
Reform Movement Affiliation
Revise your synagogue's mission statement to include a commitment to Israel.
Revise your synagogue's mission statement to include a commitment to world Reform Jewry.
Support ARZA/World Union, North America membership by arranging to participate in the check-off program.
Place links to WUPJ and ARZA/ WUNA Web sites on your congregation's Web site.
Resources for implementing the suggestions and programs mentioned above are available on the Web site at www.urj.org/hineini.