congregational life

congregational life

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On Sunday night, the Dallas/Fort Worth area was hit by severe thunderstorms, including multiple confirmed tornadoes, which devastated parts of Dallas and the surrounding communities and directly im

Kate Bigam Kaput
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Engagement is truly about putting people – not institutions – at the center of what we do by actively listening to them and meeting them where they are. Here, we share six innovative congregational initiatives – two in each of these three areas – to inspire you in the new Jewish year.

By Amy Asin and Rabbi Esther Lederman
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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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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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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
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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
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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
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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