strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

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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
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As you plan your communications for the coming year, make sure you take advantage of these resources that are available to your URJ member congregation

Amy Asin and Deborah Goldberg
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Check out these five important things your congregation should know about Jewish music and copyright laws.

Joe Eglash
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Here are some useful answers to one of the questions congregational leaders ask most: “How can we find new leaders?”

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
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To ensure your new board gets up to speed effectively, here are things to do before, during, and after a board orientation.

Leah King Kaufman, Moriah Benjoseph Nassau, and Gila Hadani Ward
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As a rabbi, I ruminate over these questions: What should synagogue life include? What should comprise a fulfilling year in the life of a synagogue?

Rabbi Daniel G. Zemel
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Remember: It may sometimes be difficult, but ultimately, you’re doing this for the good of the congregation and its ability to redirect resources to priority areas.

Amy Asin
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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
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The first step in addressing implicit gender bias is simply becoming aware.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman