strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

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
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
Rainbow pride flag with Jewish star in the middle

As tzitzit remind us to fulfill God’s commandments, they also must prompt us to display signs of welcome and love, demonstrating people can be themselves in our space.

Caroline Dorn
Hurricane as seen from overhead

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
Closeup of a man with a hand to his ear as if listening

As Jewish leaders, we are tasked with improving our congregations and communities for everyone within them; listening to our members’ feedback, requests, and concerns, with the intent of understanding them, is the first step in the process of making improvements. 

Chris Harrison and Deborah Niederman, RJE
Pair of feet in white sneakers and blue pants seen from above, with three chalk-drawn arrows in front: one pointing left, one pointing right, and one pointing straight ahead

The URJ offers valuable resources and opportunities to get new congregational presidents off on the right foot. Here are six key areas in which we can help.

Amy Asin
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
Target with arrows in many places, but not in the center

If we want to renew and reform Judaism now and into the future, we must create congregational cultures in which failing is accepted.

Rabbi David Fine and Rabbi Esther Lederman
Male security guard with patch on the sleeve of his white shirt and a tie; his head is not visible.

After several synagogue shootings, American Jews are grappling with the need to keep our communities safe and to remain open and welcoming to seekers of all backgrounds.

Bryant Heinzelman and Rachel Hall
Pair of hands, palms upward with red, heart-shaped objects in the palms

A culture of philanthropy focuses on our sacred responsibility to provide Jewishly meaningful experiences that place the donor – not the congregation – at the center.

Rabbi Louis Feldstein, Michael H. Goldberg, and Robin Riegelhaupt