strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

Purim Together participants -- a student and a senior -- together

In an increasingly mobile society, families often are separated by many miles. Far from family support, we seek community elsewhere, including in our Jewish institutions.

Toby Singer
A row of hanging lightbulbs, one of which hangs lower than the others and is illuminated

Learn what happened when members of the URJ Strengthening Congregations Team were challenged to experiment with an innovation of their own – and what made it a success.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai and Gila Hadani Ward
Group of people lighting Shabbat candles at a congregational Shabbat dinner

Shabbat holds an esteemed place in our synagogues as a testing ground for experimentation. Centering new programs around Shabbat, therefore, offers distinct advantages.

Toby Singer
Young woman in profile, wearing sunglasses and earbuds

Dan Libenson and Lex Rofeberg in their podcast “Judaism Unbound” feature several Reform Jewish leaders discussing ideas about Jewish life today -- and tomorrow.

Jane E. Herman
Two children painting together and one of them is wearing a kippah

When kids today talk about religious school, odds are, their experiences are quite different from the way you remember religious school – and we have the data to prove it

Lisa Langer
Mother and two children at Chofshi B'Manhattan event at Stephen Wise Free Synagogue in New York, NY

During a recent bar mitzvah, 40 iPhones stared at me from the pews as my congregation intersected with an Israeli family living abroad.

Rabbi Diana Fersko
Tree resting on car after a storm

Work around URJ Community events is exactly what excites me as a Reform Movement lay leader – and this work was key in our recent preparations for Hurricane Irma.

Stuart Leeman
Various pens, pencils, and screwdrivers, side-by-side in front of a wooden background

In these unprecedented times, here are six timely tools and resources to help enhance and enrich Jewish life in your community during this High Holiday season and beyond.

Mark J. Pelavin
Closeup of a bride holding a glass of champagne with groom in the background behind her

If you want to dig deeper on this topic, as I do, join congregational leaders across North America for a live interview with Anita Diamant on The Jewish Wedding Now and the changing landscape of Judaism.

Moriah Benjoseph
Aerial view of people seated in rows as at a conference or other large event

Whether you’re a seasoned congregational leader or an emerging one, we encourage you to attend this day of learning with your congregational leadership team.

Daphne Macy & Alexandra Gilbert