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Strengthening Small Congregations

Small Congregation Grants

Small Congregation Grants provides financial assistance to members of congregations with 250 or fewer households who wish to attend URJ programs such as the Biennial or the Scheidt Seminar. To apply, visit the appropriate program page.


The Had’rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Ritual Life

The Had’rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Ritual Life trains individuals to lead services and conduct some life cycle ceremonies in support of the spiritual life of their small congregations with solo, part-time, or no clergy. Ongoing training continues for one year following the course. Learn more.


PJ Library-URJ-WRJ® Partnership 

The PJ Library-URJ-WRJ® Partnership provides grants to small congregations in communities not served by the PJ Library program, enabling these congregations to offer free book subscriptions to local families with young children. Learn more.


The Jewish Community Legacy Project 

The JCLP aids congregations facing the eventualities of aging populations, changing demographics, and declining membership. They work closely with community leaders to help them shape forward-thinking plans that include ways to give new life to community assets, religious and historic artifacts, or maintain cemeteries and monuments. Great care is also given to archive individual and congregational histories, so that their stories live on in perpetuity. Learn more.  


Questions?

URJ Small Congregations Director Merry Lugasy (mlugasy@urj.org) is available to advise small congregations about all facets of synagogue life.