Audacious Hospitality

Audacious Hospitality

Light bulb sitting atop a thought bubble drawn in chalk on a chalkboard

What specific aspects of improving our sacred community do you feel most compelled to take on? With whom do you want to perform this work, and how do you plan on assembling your team?

Chris Harrison
Smiling female rabbi holding a guitar and facing a congregation

As the High Holidays are approaching, we know your congregational leadership is working hard to prepare for a meaningful holiday season.

Daphne Macy
Man blowing a shofar high into the air in front of a white background

We want everyone in our communities to feel safe, including those from marginalized backgrounds, and therefore we must acknowledge that the best security practices are unified with principles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Amy Asin and Chris Harrison
Group of teens and adults facing forward sitting in pews

Looking for innovative opportunities to engage your teens around the High Holidays? These 10 ideas come directly from the source – youth professionals across North America.

Smiling young children wearing Purim costumes and sitting on the bimah in a synagogue

Relating to and supporting families with young children is essential to growing and strengthening your congregation. To help you in this critical work, here are five proven tools to successfully engage today’s families with young children – which will be further explored at the 2019 URJ Biennial.

Cathy Rolland, RJE
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The URJ is excited to announce the 2019-2020 JewV’Nation Fellowship: The DEI Leadership Cohort, dedicated to promoting and incorporating diversity, equity, and inclusion in our Reform Jewish spaces.

Chris Harrison & Rachel Hall
Outdoor Shabbat services surrounded by trees

We have members and friends of many backgrounds, perspectives, and expectations. We listen to our folks. And then we take action.

Susan Ellenby
The author on the bimah at her congregation. The Pride flag is visible in front of her, the Israeli flag behind her.

Learn how one congregation, working together as a community, achieved a positive outcome for LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Dr. Arlene B. Holtz
Many people sitting in a circle on the grass with their hands in the middle

We started as five people active in social justice work who were trying to figure out what it means to be white, living in a society rooted in structural racism and inequality.

Deitra Reiser and Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein
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As Jewish leaders, we are tasked with improving our congregations and communities for everyone within them; listening to our members’ feedback, requests, and concerns, with the intent of understanding them, is the first step in the process of making improvements. 

Chris Harrison and Deborah Niederman, RJE