congregational life

congregational life

Group of songleaders sitting outdoors at a summer camp holding guitars and wearing all white as if on Shabbat

With this in mind, here are the voices of two of our campers – both going on the Harlam in Israel trip this summer – on what the culture of camp has done for them. They are our songleaders and our youth group and confirmation class leaders, and they inspire our kids in so many ways.

Rabbi Yair Robinson
Pair of hands, palms upward with red, heart-shaped objects in the palms

A culture of philanthropy focuses on our sacred responsibility to provide Jewishly meaningful experiences that place the donor – not the congregation – at the center.

Rabbi Louis Feldstein, Michael H. Goldberg, and Robin Riegelhaupt
Somewhat abstract image of the inside of a large pipe

Here are some useful answers to one of the questions congregational leaders ask most: “How can we find new leaders?”

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
Hand holding a stopwatch

To ensure your new board gets up to speed effectively, here are things to do before, during, and after a board orientation.

Leah King Kaufman, Moriah Benjoseph Nassau, and Gila Hadani Ward
A row of black pencils, points upward, with one taller yellow one in the middle

As a rabbi, I ruminate over these questions: What should synagogue life include? What should comprise a fulfilling year in the life of a synagogue?

Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel
Poster/sign that says You're Invited being held overhead

If your congregation promotes audacious hospitality by welcoming and engaging seekers, members, and others to build a more vibrant Jewish world, apply for a Belin Award.

Jennifer Goldstein and Lisa Lieberman Barzilai
Blond woman facing a flowchart covered in data and PostIt notes

This congregation grew by 11 percent. It must’ve been doing something amazing, right? I dug deeper into the data about this congregation – and was surprised by what I found.

Maxie Kalish
Figurine of a woman staring through a window at blurry images of male figurines

The first step in addressing implicit gender bias is simply becoming aware.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Three lightbulb images made out of puzzle pieces

Nominating candidates who can effectively be involved in the three modes of governance is very important. Here are three board roles you should have that you may not have thought about.

Amy Asin
Person on a dock holding a clear pane of glass as if to represent transparency

How can we work with more transparency and be more collaborative in our work?

Larry Glickman