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About the URJ Communities

What are URJ Communities?

URJ Communities are a gathering place for leaders from a shared geographic area. Each URJ congregation—regardless of size—is a member of one of 35 URJ Communities. In a URJ Community, congregational leaders connect with their peers for a multitude of programs and convenings. Members of a URJ Community also share resources, learn from each other and from experts, and create a network of support.


Who leads the URJ Communities?

Each URJ Community is led by a local team of experienced lay leaders, working in partnership with URJ staff. These leaders build relationships among congregations, creating opportunities for them to convene with their peers.


How Does Being Involved in a URJ Community Strengthen Your Congregation?

  • Network with your peers: Deepen connections with other congregational leaders from your community who have the same interests or position at their congregations as you.
  • Attend compelling sessions addressing local priorities: URJ Communities invite guest experts to facilitate discussions in a myriad of areas including leadership development, social justice, and best principles of 21st-century congregational governance. Members of a URJ Community can also receive support from the URJ in facilitating their own sessions about topics such as reimagining financial support in congregational life, High Holiday programming, and disabilities inclusion.
  • Connect to the larger Reform Movement: Through your URJ Community, you will engage in deeper conversations with other local congregations and with Reform institutions, helping you understand the power of being part of the largest and most diverse Jewish Movement in North America. Your URJ Community will also help you navigate the many resources and services that the URJ has to offer.


Ready to get involved?

Contact us to connect with your URJ Community.