congregational life

congregational life

Small bud blooming in a ceramic pot alongside a felt heart on a stick

What does a congregation exhibiting a growth mindset look like? Here are four characteristics. 

Rabbi Janet Offel & Julie Lambert, RJE
Shir Ami board of directors

Eager to know why our congregation exists, I posed these questions to my board: Why did you join Shir Ami? Why do you remain a member? What could Shir Ami do better?

Sharon K. Benoff
A mans arm reaches out through a computer screen to shake the hand of the man using the computer

The connection that began from one small meeting has now grown to involve our entire congregation and one across the ocean.

Jill Kamin & Corinne Black
Circle of arms with their hands in a pile on the center as if to celebrate teamwork

Throughout the years, the URJ has learned that questions about congregational governance keep congregational leader

Amy Asin
Double helix against a patterned background

As a Jewish community leader, you have an important role to play to increase awareness about Jewish genetic diseases. Check out these five important things to know.

Becca Bakal
Two hands, each holding a puzzle piece, coming together

In congregations, deep relationships between lay leaders and professionals carry a unique element of holiness. Here are four ways to nurture these sacred partnerships.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
Pair of hands holding a row of paper dolls in shadow in front of bright sunshine

Learn how Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX, successfully uses small groups to help members connect and engage with others in the synagogue community.

Rabbi Kimberly Herzog Cohen and Barbara Hyman
Block calendar that reads: July 01

Senior staff transitions within congregations often prompt a range of emotions for everyone involved. Here are four ways to make things easier for the entire community. 

Rabbi Paula Feldstein
The pall covering a coffin in the sanctuary of Temple Isaiah in Lexington, MA

When our congregation wanted a coffin cover for families to use during funerals, I was one of 11 women who answered a “calling all quilters” ad in the temple bulletin.

Martha Supnik
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z'l, speaking and the 2017 URJ Biennial convention

We don’t often think about how our synagogue leaders stay fueled and energized – especially if they themselves are sad and grieving – to take such good care of us.

Margie Freedberg Bogdanow