congregational life

congregational life

Blue key on computer keyboard that says Code of Ethics in white letters

The Union for Reform Judaism encourages congregations to develop and implement a code of ethics that everyone must abide by to participate in the community.

Dr. Steve Weitz
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Congregational leaders do more than worry about the challenges they face; there’s joy, holiness, and excitement in the work, too. So, what gets them out of bed each day? 

Michael H. Goldberg and Larry Glickman, FTA
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Fear grips many of us. What awaits us when we join together during the Yamim Nora-im is an oasis of hope and spiritual renewal. If we can conquer our fear, awe awaits us.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Scrabble tiles spelling out the word change with a random assortment of tiles surrounding the word

As congregational leaders, any change we introduce requires us to understand the experience of the individuals in our community and help them navigate through the change.

Julie Lambert, RJE, and Rabbi Janet Offel
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
Temple Shaaray Tefila delegation at the URJ Biennial in 2017

Learn how one congregation more than doubled the size of its Biennial delegation.

Barri Waltcher
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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
Hurricane as seen from overhead

As we watch the predictions and follow preparations for Tropical Storm Barry, the URJ stands ready to assist congregations before, during, and after this expected storm.

Amy Asin
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Although my wife and I relocated to southern California three years ago, we left many friends at our “former synagogue,” although I do not like referring to it that way.

Jared Goldin
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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