Current societal and religious trends offer Reform congregations in North America an urgent and unprecedented opportunity to reimagine their way into the future.
First, let’s review some key data: The Jewish community is dramatically more diverse than we once realized it was: One in every seven to eight Jews is a person of color; we have a sizeable LGBTQIA+ population; and the number of Jewish-adjacent individuals in our communities is growing. At the same time, religious...Read More
This year has marked several transitions for Temple Beth Avodah in Newton, MA. Our suburban, 430-household congregation had a major building and renovation project and a number of staff transitions. We looked to the Union for Reform Judaism for help recalibrating and to gain an understanding of our areas of strength and opportunities for growth.
The URJ Congregational Benchmarking and Assessment Project did just that. Consisting of three evaluative tools –...Read More
Puerto Rico has once again been struck by a natural disaster – a 6.4 magnitude earthquake that hit the island in the early morning on January 7.
More than 3,000 seismic events have since been recorded, and 30 earthquakes of varying strength have caused significant physical and emotional damage in parts of the island, exacerbating the still-unrepaired devastation caused by Hurricane Maria.
At Temple Beth Shalom, though the neighborhood still has continuing sporadic power outages, our new solar panels have worked as expected. San Juan is...Read More
Were you inspired and moved by the diverse and meaningful worship you experienced all week at the URJ Biennial? Are you looking for ways to innovate worship and music in your congregations?
This dynamic four-day program reflects the new music, performers, teachers, and creators involved in Biennial and our Reform Movement’s commitment to...Read More
During the past year, the URJ’s Inside Leadership blog has introduced you to various concepts that every congregational leader should know. As 2019 comes to an end, we’ve rounded up the top 10 concepts that will continue to be valuable to your work in the coming year:1. Congregational leaders need to start experimenting with change – in a big way.
We live in challenging times that require us to experiment with more radical changes.
As URJ Vice President Amy Asin...Read More
Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.