congregational life

congregational life

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The purpose of this webinar, “Inclusive Worship for Clergy – A Discussion,” was to provide our communities with ideas and broader thinking around disabilities inclusion – particularly in worship and prayer settings. 

Cantor Rosalie Boxt
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Learn some of the most valuable takeaways from my tenure as a congregation president so you can apply them – in whatever ways work for you – in your own community.

Amy Asin
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The progress the Jewish community has made around inclusion is to be commended – but it’s important to be consistent with a message of inclusion, and not to confuse the concepts of diversity and inclusion.

Sheri Denkensohn-Trott
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In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month, we offer a few suggestions to help congregations adopt further awareness and understanding of disabilities.

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.
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Looking back over the past 10 years, Jewish communities around the world have embraced Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month in February. 

Shelly Christensen
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If your congregation is ready to join this call to action, we can help to help you bring the Brit Olam to your congregation’s leadership. 

 
Isabel P. "Liz" Dunst
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The URJ has announced a series of proactive steps to ensure that sexual harassment and assault do not occur in its workplace or in its congregations and that its leadersare trained and committed to making sure everyone is safe. 

Stefani Jarrett
Purim Together participants -- a student and a senior -- together

In an increasingly mobile society, families often are separated by many miles. Far from family support, we seek community elsewhere, including in our Jewish institutions.

Toby Singer
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Recently, the board of my congregation unanimously passed the Brit Olam, committing to act powerfully and together to bring upon the world we want.

Rabbi Adam Stock Spilker
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Shabbat holds an esteemed place in our synagogues as a testing ground for experimentation. Centering new programs around Shabbat, therefore, offers distinct advantages.

Toby Singer