strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

Group of people in discussion around a table at the Day of Learning

Reflection, feedback, and evaluation are at the heart of our work, and have much to teach us. They also have implications for the work of congregational boards.

Vivian Gealer and Gila Hadani Ward
One hand reaching out to give a flower to another

The mission of the URJ is to build a world of wholeness, justice, and compassion. Now more than ever, we must be strong and resolute in this important mission.

Debbie Niederman
The author with other members of the 2018 synagogue gala committee in 2018

My path to become a Jewish professional was circuitous, but through it, I became bat mitzvah, fulfilled my own spiritual needs, and made a difference in the world.

Paula Dwoskin Sitzer
Hurricane as seen from outer space

As Hurricane Michael continues to leave widespread destruction throughout Florida, Georgia, and the Carolinas, here's how to stay up-to-date and offer assistance.

Mark J. Pelavin and Amy Asin
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Executive committees can play a crucial role in the strategic leadership of congregations. Here’s a guide to what this committee should do – always, never, and sometimes.

By Amy Asin
Gears, each marked with various business words: Standards, Policies, Rules, etc.

To succeed today, congregations need to focus on developing appropriate governance structures that allow them to be both mission-driven and flexible.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Sign outside Washington, D.C.'s Temple Micah that welcomes all races, religions, sexual orientations, countries of origin, genders, ethnicities, and abilities

If you want your congregation to be strong and to thrive, audacious hospitality is not a nicety, it’s a necessity.

April Baskin and Amy Asin
Scrabble type letters spelling out the word CHANGE

The world around us is changing faster than ever. To stay relevant and thrive, change will be necessary in all congregations, even those that are doing well.

Amy Asin
Two pre-school girls looking through magnifying glasses at objects on a table

You’re motivated to engage families with young children. Where can you find information about their interests, needs, ideas about meaningful Jewish experiences, and more?

Jennie Nerenberg
Tile floor with a pair of jean-clad legs and sneaker-clad feet taking a step forward in the direction of an arrow that is a few inches off the floor

Today, too many millennials associate being religious with values they don’t espouse. Should we therefore give up on millennials and Jewish life?

Rabbi Rick Jacobs