strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

Smiling female rabbi holding a guitar and facing a congregation

As the High Holidays are approaching, we know your congregational leadership is working hard to prepare for a meaningful holiday season.

Daphne Macy
Man blowing a shofar high into the air in front of a white background

We want everyone in our communities to feel safe, including those from marginalized backgrounds, and therefore we must acknowledge that the best security practices are unified with principles related to diversity, equity, and inclusion.

Amy Asin and Chris Harrison
Scrabble tiles spelling out the word change with a random assortment of tiles surrounding the word

As congregational leaders, any change we introduce requires us to understand the experience of the individuals in our community and help them navigate through the change.

Julie Lambert, RJE, and Rabbi Janet Offel
Group of teens and adults facing forward sitting in pews

Looking for innovative opportunities to engage your teens around the High Holidays? These 10 ideas come directly from the source – youth professionals across North America.

Smiling young children wearing Purim costumes and sitting on the bimah in a synagogue

Relating to and supporting families with young children is essential to growing and strengthening your congregation. To help you in this critical work, here are five proven tools to successfully engage today’s families with young children – which will be further explored at the 2019 URJ Biennial.

Cathy Rolland, RJE
Colorful image of a data growth chart against a white background as if on a desk

In 2016, the Union for Reform Judaism piloted an experiment. What would it look like if congregations could take an intentional look at themselves from different vantage points?

Gila Hadani Ward
Outdoor Shabbat services surrounded by trees

We have members and friends of many backgrounds, perspectives, and expectations. We listen to our folks. And then we take action.

Susan Ellenby
The author on the bimah at her congregation. The Pride flag is visible in front of her, the Israeli flag behind her.

Learn how one congregation, working together as a community, achieved a positive outcome for LGBTQIA+ inclusion.

Dr. Arlene B. Holtz
Temple Shaaray Tefila delegation at the URJ Biennial in 2017

Learn how one congregation more than doubled the size of its Biennial delegation.

Barri Waltcher
Many people sitting in a circle on the grass with their hands in the middle

We started as five people active in social justice work who were trying to figure out what it means to be white, living in a society rooted in structural racism and inequality.

Deitra Reiser and Rabbi Hannah L. Goldstein