strengthening congregations

strengthening congregations

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
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Senior staff transitions within congregations often prompt a range of emotions for everyone involved. Here are four ways to make things easier for the entire community. 

Rabbi Paula Feldstein
Rabbi Aaron D. Panken, z'l, speaking and the 2017 URJ Biennial convention

We don’t often think about how our synagogue leaders stay fueled and energized – especially if they themselves are sad and grieving – to take such good care of us.

Margie Freedberg Bogdanow
Three individuals as part of a larger group marching in some sort of event and carrying a sign that reads DO JUSTICE LOVE MERCY MARCH PROUDLY

Through our work with congregations pursuing justice across North America, we have identified several principles that can help you strengthen social justice work in your congregation.

Rabbi Jonah Dov Pesner & Amy Asin
Pink piggy bank sitting atop piles of money

When it is time to think about budgeting and spreadsheets, or when banks or interest rates are discussed at board meetings, I feel lost. And I hate that feeling.

Rabbi Jessica Spitalnic Brockman
Person with a pen in hand using a calculator

When I signed up for the URJ’s Congregational Finances Course to prepare for my new role as president, I never imagined I’d find sacred partnership in that online course.

Heidi Schell
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This is a well-planned class with amazing staff, and I feel like a completely different person from when I started it. 

Ken Freeman
Wooden blocks reading CHANCE and CHANGE

We all want change, but we usually want someone else to do it. In order to bring about change in a congregation, its leaders need to be ready for it.

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Two people in shadow pushing puzzle pieces together with sunlight in the background

Every successful Jewish organization is jointly supported by both professional leaders and lay leaders, all working to serve the community’s members.

Jared Goldin
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When I heard the URJ was switching website platforms, I was apprehensive. Once I learned we were moving to WordPress, I was excited to start the migration of our site.

Deb Moran