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About the URJ Communities

Goals of the URJ Communities

  • To bring together leaders from URJ Congregations to network, share ideas and challenges, and
    encourage collaboration
  • To connect congregation leaders to the URJ, including other leadership development and
    collaboration opportunities.
  • To provide resources for congregation leaders to bring back to their congregations
  • To strengthen the Reform Movement at its grassroots.

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 chances for them to convene with their peers.

What kinds of programs and convenings happen in the URJ Community?

  • Presidents’ Meetings—in person when possible and by video if not (especially in geographically
    dispersed communities). 
  • Gatherings of other congregation leadership cohorts and special interests. These have included Social Action chairs, Membership chairs, congregation Executive Committees, etc. The interests of the congregations in each URJ Community guide us in creating these convenings. We have hosted convenings with experts on new dues models in synagogues, membership outreach, Relational Judaism and Strengthening Congregations. The topics are based on the issues and opportunities facing our URJ Congregations and their leaders.

We find that congregation leaders value the opportunity to network and to collaborate as well as the access to professional expertise.

Serving as a leader of a URJ Community is an engaging and rewarding role for congregation leaders who have finished their presidency or board service in your congregation.  Let us know if you know people in your URJ Community who might welcome the opportunity to continue serving the Reform Movement in this way.