strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

Scheidt Seminar 2018 group of temple presidents

Listening to fellow presidents at the Scheidt seminar share many of the same concerns I have, I knew I’d enjoy being part of such an articulate, open, and friendly group.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Young woman pressing play button on screen

Learn how a small synagogue with a reputation for being stodgy and predictable, sold its building and used the capital to reinvent itself in the community.

Aaron Bilgrad
Group of people sitting around a dinner table enjoying food and company

At my temple, small groups are a vital part of synagogue life. But groups alone are not enough to ensure connection to one another, Jewish life, or a spiritual community.

Rabbi Bethie Miller
People around a table eating

Teaching a recent cooking class in my congregation reminded me that even in the 21st century, there’s something unique, warm, and special about a synagogue women’s group.

Cantor Deborrah Cannizzaro
A group of hands of people of all races

This Black History Month, we must remind ourselves that racial justice is a Jewish issue and join with Jews of Color and people of color to advance racial justice. 

April Baskin
Array of stopwatch, notebook, and documents

Learn some of the most valuable takeaways from my tenure as a congregation president so you can apply them – in whatever ways work for you – in your own community.

Amy Asin
Children with their arms around one another facing an outdoor bimah as at summer camp

As we continue this journey together in 2018, we look forward to your steadfast engagement, your activism, and your support.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Two people's right hands clasped in a show of empathy or support

Learn how two Belin Award-winning congregations worked to make those already in their communities feel more included, “seen,” and understood.

Toby Singer
Globe with a Band-Aid covering parts of North and South America

When the Union for Reform Judaism offered a community of practice called “Bringing Justice to the Center,” it was an entree into social justice work for our congregation.

Rabbi Suzanne Singer
Overhead shot of full plenary hall at URJ Biennial 2017

Learn about the creative ways one congregational leader is bringing the energy and lessons from the Biennial home to her own synagogue community.

Bayla Lovens