strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

Person on a dock holding a clear pane of glass as if to represent transparency

How can we work with more transparency and be more collaborative in our work?

Larry Glickman
Wooden blocks spelling chance with a hand changing the C to a G to spell change

In retrospect, expanding our early learning program was the first step in transforming how our congregation applies our “why” and meaningfully measures our “what.”

Lori Kowit and Rabbi Stacy Schlein
Preschoolers and a few adults sitting on the steps of a bimah

When 13 congregations joined the URJ Full-Time Early Education Community of Practice (CoP) to learn, experiment, and network together, these were the takeaways.

Nancy Bossov, RJE
Arrangement of hand weights, an orange, and a small chalkboard to record 2019 goals

Here are four ways we can start on the right track to make our communities healthier in 2019 when it comes to audacious hospitality.

April Baskin
Baby boomers involved in a synagogue band on the bimah

For congregation seeking to undertake or advance endeavors to engage baby boomers, here are four insights to keep in mind.  

Julie Lambert, RJE, and Stuart Himmelfarb
Three teen leaders, two young women and a young man

Tomorrow’s leaders are in our congregations (and ready to lead) today.

Amy Asin and Miriam T. Chilton
Three people in shadow helping each other ascend to the top of a mountain

Embrace these cultural habits to inspire healthy leadership and promote good governance: sacred partnership, diversity, new ideas, and an inquisitive, positive mindset.

Rabbi Janet Offel
Close-up of tape measure partially extended from its case

We recently completed a baseline survey to determine the extent to which the Union for Reform Judaism has had an impact on activities required for a strong congregation.

Amy Asin
Group of people in discussion around a table at the Day of Learning

Reflection, feedback, and evaluation are at the heart of our work, and have much to teach us. They also have implications for the work of congregational boards.

Vivian Gealer and Gila Hadani Ward
One hand reaching out to give a flower to another

The mission of the URJ is to build a world of wholeness, justice, and compassion. Now more than ever, we must be strong and resolute in this important mission.

Debbie Niederman