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A longtime Canadian Reform leader asks: Can Canadians and Americans feel connected to one Jewish movement? Can they feel equally represented by a single organization?
As a leader – volunteer or professional – in a synagogue, what keeps you up at night? What do these concerns tell us about the contemporary Jewish landscape?
Once the High Holidays are over, I’m often left wondering what we can we do to get people back into the sanctuary before the next Rosh HaShanah rolls around.
The ABCs I use as a career coach to help clients self-reflect are the same ones I’m using to evaluate my first year as my synagogue’s president.
I didn’t have any formal connection to the Jewish community for many years and only when my husband and I were looking for a rabbi to marry us did I try to connect Jewishly.
Thanks to the Brickner Fellowship, I’ve become a social justice advocate, working with diverse organizations to address societal problems from multiple angles.
As a rabbi, I’ve seen many lives effected by mental illness. I’ve also seen its stigma keep many from getting needed support. In my congregation, we sought to change that.
In these uncertain times, synagogue leaders must work together to ensure our sanctuaries are sanctuaries of inclusion and holiness for all who enter their doors.
Here are four challenges that leaders from small congregations face – and how you can deal with these issues to increase engagement.
Leaders at almost every synagogue would say their congregation strives to be a welcoming community. The challenge, of course, is how to put that into practice.
The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.