congregational life

congregational life

Two smiling teenage siblings sharing headphones and watching a laptop screen while sitting on a couch together

Just because we can’t physically be together doesn’t mean we can’t come together as a community. Here are a few easy-to-implement virtual ideas to try with your Jewish community:

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
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We want to take a moment to update you on what we know, what we’re doing, and what we suggest to congregations at this moment in time and going forward.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
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The URJ has long created opportunities to learn about Judaism through A Taste of Judaism® and Introduction to Judaism classes, making Jewish learning accessible to those seeking to learn more.

Rabbi Miriam Wajnberg
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This year has marked several transitions for our suburban, 430-household congregation, including a major renovation project and a number of staff transitions. We looked to the URJ to gain an understanding of our areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Becky Oliver
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At Hava Nashira, you’ll learn from and collaborate with many of the same experts who led, taught, and brought you the Biennial worship, as well as so many other music and worship leaders from across our Movement.

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As 2019 comes to an end, we’ve rounded up the top 10 congregational concepts that will continue to be valuable to your work in the coming year.

Daphne Macy
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People with disabilities and mental health conditions, and those who love them, just want what everyone else wants – to belong.

Shelly Christensen
Kelly Whitehead smiles at the camera with one hand on the back of her head and a nature scene behind her

I am a queer Jewish woman of Color, and it is impossible to separate all of my intersecting identities.

Kelly Whitehead
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For congregational presidents and presidents-elect the learning doesn’t stop with Biennial. The next stop? The URJ Scheidt Seminar for Presidents and Presidents-Elect.

Amy Asin
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Rabbi Adam Fisher's group has met every single week for 30 years in a row. To learn more about this incredible accomplishment, I spoke with Rabbi Fisher about these weekly Torah study sessions and what they mean to him and his community.

Chris Harrison