Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice

Wooden blocks spelling chance with a hand changing the C to a G to spell change

In retrospect, expanding our early learning program was the first step in transforming how our congregation applies our “why” and meaningfully measures our “what.”

Lori Kowit and Rabbi Stacy Schlein
Preschoolers and a few adults sitting on the steps of a bimah

When 13 congregations joined the URJ Full-Time Early Education Community of Practice (CoP) to learn, experiment, and network together, these were the takeaways.

Nancy Bossov, RJE
Globe with a Band-Aid covering parts of North and South America

When the Union for Reform Judaism offered a community of practice called “Bringing Justice to the Center,” it was an entree into social justice work for our congregation.

Rabbi Suzanne Singer
Closeup of seated middle aged man and woman holding hands

Our synagogues need to be places where we heighten our awareness to aging issues so we can more fully engage Baby Boomers in all aspects of Jewish life.

Catherine Fischer
White ladders of all reaches laid against a blue background with the highest ladder glowing as if to represent success

Is collaboration among preschool directors possible? Can the leaders of these early childhood organizations view each other as collaborators and not as threats?

Susie Wexler, Nancy Manewith, Leanne Nathan, and Cherene Radis
Toddler at synagogue programming with arms raised as if dancing

Our work has revealed to us several key principles about building capacity for leading change in congregational education.

Julie Lambert, RJE
Preschool children sitting on the floor

Here's how one Chicago-land congregation successfully deepened its engagement with families with young children.

Fern Katz and Rabbi Seth Limmer

Jacqueline and Kevin Haney of North Caldwell wanted to send their children to a Jewish preschool, so last summer they took a look at the

Johanna Ginsberg (NJJN)

Here are four key concepts that all leaders – lay or professional, emerging or experienced – need to embrace.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE

If your congregation spent 12-24 months focusing on one topic of your congregational life, could it transform your entire community? If you decided to really delve into engaging baby boomers or figuring out how to focus on social justice issues, could it be a game changer for your congregation? This year, we’re excited to launch four new Communities of Practice, and applications are open through May 9th, 2016.

Rabbi Esther Lederman