strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

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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
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As 2019 comes to an end, we’ve rounded up the top 10 congregational concepts that will continue to be valuable to your work in the coming year.

Daphne Macy
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The sacred and complex relationships inherent in synagogues means they need to review and evaluate clergy and professionals differently than other organizations.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE and Rabbi Janet Offel
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I am a queer Jewish woman of Color, and it is impossible to separate all of my intersecting identities.

Kelly Whitehead
Amy Asin standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial

"I’m here to tell you that we – as a Movement, as leaders of Reform congregational life in North America – are going to have to want change, want to change, and all of us will need to lead that change."

Amy Asin
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With the 2019 URJ Biennial in our rear-view mirror, we’re now focused on how we can move this work forward and into our everyday lives. Ready to act? Here's how.

Mark J. Pelavin
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Rabbi Adam Fisher's group has met every single week for 30 years in a row. To learn more about this incredible accomplishment, I spoke with Rabbi Fisher about these weekly Torah study sessions and what they mean to him and his community.

Chris Harrison