families with young children

families with young children

Smiling young children wearing Purim costumes and sitting on the bimah in a synagogue

Relating to and supporting families with young children is essential to growing and strengthening your congregation. To help you in this critical work, here are five proven tools to successfully engage today’s families with young children – which will be further explored at the 2019 URJ Biennial.

Cathy Rolland, RJE
Outdoor Shabbat services surrounded by trees

We have members and friends of many backgrounds, perspectives, and expectations. We listen to our folks. And then we take action.

Susan Ellenby
Bright and airy desktop with a laptop screen open to an animated Shaboom Shabbat video

The Union for Reform Judaism is honored to announce that BimBam’s library of more than 400 original videos will remain online and be integrated onto our educational website, ReformJudaism.org.

Cathy Rolland
Wooden blocks spelling chance with a hand changing the C to a G to spell change

In retrospect, expanding our early learning program was the first step in transforming how our congregation applies our “why” and meaningfully measures our “what.”

Lori Kowit and Rabbi Stacy Schlein
Preschoolers and a few adults sitting on the steps of a bimah

When 13 congregations joined the URJ Full-Time Early Education Community of Practice (CoP) to learn, experiment, and network together, these were the takeaways.

Nancy Bossov, RJE
Closeup of the lights atop a police car

 All of us are hurting as we try to make sense of the horrific and deadly attack on Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.

the Union for Reform Judaism
Childrens hands touching one adult hand

Here is my plan, all or parts of which you may wish to replicate in your own congregation in the days to come

Anne Berman-Waldorf
Closeup of a person holding a globe under their arm like a soccer ball

Here is my plan, all or parts of which you may wish to replicate in your own congregation in the days to come, along with additional resources for Jewish educators.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
Scrabble type letters spelling out the word CHANGE

The world around us is changing faster than ever. To stay relevant and thrive, change will be necessary in all congregations, even those that are doing well.

Amy Asin
Two pre-school girls looking through magnifying glasses at objects on a table

You’re motivated to engage families with young children. Where can you find information about their interests, needs, ideas about meaningful Jewish experiences, and more?

Jennie Nerenberg