strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

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As we prepare to enter into the holy days of Passover, let’s first take a moment to reflect on the work we’ve all done throughout the past few weeks. You have been willing to lead, and in doing so, you have helped make very narrow places, the literal translation of the word mitzrayim, a little less narrow.

Amy Asin
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As we struggle to consider all our options in this ever-changing environment, we strive to make decisions using a values-based matrix that will help us to act in a consistent manner that is in line with Jewish tradition and modern sensibility.

Rabbi Joseph R. Black
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To help you keep information straight and find what you need, we’re keeping this ongoing list of URJ resources that may be particularly useful to as a congregational president.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
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​Help your members stay engaged with their Judaism from home by sharing helpful, relevant, and interesting Jewish content on your social media channels, congregational website, email communications, and more. Here's a list to get you started.

Kate Kaput
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Recently, our synagogue leaders found itself in a similar position to Nachson. With news that coronavirus had reached our community, we stood between a known threat and unknown consequences. 

By Rabbi Ilana G. Baden and Alison Siegel Lewin
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Just because we can’t physically be together doesn’t mean we can’t come together as a community. Here are a few easy-to-implement virtual ideas to try with your Jewish community:

Michelle Shapiro Abraham
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It’s important to remember that no congregation can survive and thrive without meaningful financial oversight and leadership. Here are four things every synagogue treasurer should bear in mind.

Allison Gelman
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The URJ has long created opportunities to learn about Judaism through A Taste of Judaism® and Introduction to Judaism classes, making Jewish learning accessible to those seeking to learn more.

Rabbi Miriam Wajnberg
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We recognize the need for, at a minimum, five key shifts in the mindsets and behaviors of congregations and their leaders.

Rabbi Esther Lederman and Amy Asin
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This year has marked several transitions for our suburban, 430-household congregation, including a major renovation project and a number of staff transitions. We looked to the URJ to gain an understanding of our areas of strength and opportunities for growth.

Becky Oliver