Membership

Membership

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
The author holding a Torah scroll on the bimah of Temple Emanu-El in Dothan, Alabama

The headline alone told me the story in The Washington Post would be about Temple Emanu-El, the congregation in Dothan, AL, where I had served as the rabbi for 10 years.

Rabbi Lynne Downey Goldsmith
Golden retriever dog

Like the pied piper, Betsy the dog led us cheerfully into the sanctuary, and as her owner walked up onto the bimah with her, the younger kids automatically followed. 

Deborah Rood Goldman
Unlit white memory candle in a glass votive against a black backdrop

The whole memory book project was transformed before our eyes. What was originally considered to be merely office minutia and fundraising became what it truly was: sacred work.

Rebecca Carlson
Alarm clock on dresser; woman awake in bed in the middle of the night

As a leader – volunteer or professional – in a synagogue, what keeps you up at night? What do these concerns tell us about the contemporary Jewish landscape?

Michael H. Goldberg