strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

Small group gathering of members of Temple Shaaray Tefila in New York, NY

Although Rosh HaShanah reminds us of God’s creation, the holiday also invites us to come together in community and to envision our legacy as co-creators.

Rabbi Ilana Schachter
Shot from behind a group of people who have their arms around one another as if in fellowship during some sort of meeting

“I can’t find anyone to serve on the board – I’m desperate for board members”

Joan Garry
Paper chain of cutouts of tiny people holding hands

To attend the URJ Day of Leadership Learning: Finding the Joy in Board Service at any of the locations below, register through October 25th

Daphne Macy & Alex Gilbert
Small bud blooming in a ceramic pot alongside a felt heart on a stick

What does a congregation exhibiting a growth mindset look like? Here are four characteristics. 

Rabbi Janet Offel & Julie Lambert, RJE
Two smiling tween girls with I LOVE CAMP written on their cheeks in face paint

In today’s world, congregations’ mission statements have to include a clear statement of why we need worship, education, and a communal Reform Jewish experience.

Amy Asin
Shir Ami board of directors

Eager to know why our congregation exists, I posed these questions to my board: Why did you join Shir Ami? Why do you remain a member? What could Shir Ami do better?

Sharon K. Benoff
Tot Shabbat attendee with his father's hand on his head for a blessing

Tot Shabbat was always part of our synagogue programming, but often ended with kids running laps in the sanctuary. Our clergy team strived for something better.

Rabbi Daniel Mikelberg and Cantor Katie Oringel
Circle of arms with their hands in a pile on the center as if to celebrate teamwork

Throughout the years, the URJ has learned that questions about congregational governance keep congregational leader

Amy Asin
Two hands, each holding a puzzle piece, coming together

In congregations, deep relationships between lay leaders and professionals carry a unique element of holiness. Here are four ways to nurture these sacred partnerships.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
Pair of hands holding a row of paper dolls in shadow in front of bright sunshine

Learn how Temple Emanu-El in Dallas, TX, successfully uses small groups to help members connect and engage with others in the synagogue community.

Rabbi Kimberly Herzog Cohen and Barbara Hyman