congregational life

congregational life

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

Larry Glickman
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Every February, Jewish communities worldwide join to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions to be active participants in Jewish life. 

Shelley Christensen
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In honor of Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, we offer a few suggestions to help congregations adopt further awareness and understanding of disabilities.

Rabbi Edythe Held Mencher, L.C.S.W.
Three teen leaders, two young women and a young man

Tomorrow’s leaders are in our congregations (and ready to lead) today.

Amy Asin and Miriam T. Chilton
Three people in shadow helping each other ascend to the top of a mountain

Embrace these cultural habits to inspire healthy leadership and promote good governance: sacred partnership, diversity, new ideas, and an inquisitive, positive mindset.

Rabbi Janet Offel
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We recently completed a baseline survey to determine the extent to which the Union for Reform Judaism has had an impact on activities required for a strong congregation.

Amy Asin