Membership

Membership

Young children waving Israeli flags on the stage in a synagogue social hall

Until recently, engaging Jewishly has not been easy for Israelis in Santa Barbara, CA, where religious life and Jewish identity are quite different than back home.

Chris Harrison
Group of teens and adults facing forward sitting in pews

Looking for innovative opportunities to engage your teens around the High Holidays? These 10 ideas come directly from the source – youth professionals across North America.

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
Many people sitting in a circle on the grass with their hands in the middle

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
Parents blessing their children at a Shabbat dinner program knows as Challah in the ‘Chood,

Learn how one congregation with geographically dispersed members maximized its reach in a world with increasing competition for people’s time and energy.

Rabbi Joel Simon
Three white paper airplanes flying straight and one yellow paper airplane veering off course to signify change

While not everyone goes through all five stages or in experience them in order, they are useful in understanding the range of emotions and mindsets people may experience when dealing with change.

Rabbi Paula Feldstein
Large group of smiling teens wearing matching blue shirts that say OMGJK

When I arrived at Temple Kol Ami Emanu-El in Plantation, FL, six years ago, the congregation’s junior high and high school programs were dealing with a problem that m

Josh Simon
Blond woman facing a flowchart covered in data and PostIt notes

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
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