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As liberal Jews in the modern world, we are not only willing to engage with the modern world, but we embrace it. Utilizing technology as a means of learning, sharing resources, and building community has not only influenced how Reform Jews develop and express their Jewish identity, but has reinvigorated it.
A number of Reform congregations selected as URJ Belin Outreach and Membership Awards winners and honorable mentions have created programs that are inspired by technology and use technology to make Judaism more accessible and relevant.
Creating meaningful opportunities for connection in our communities is critical, they be engaging on-ramps for those who have not been previously involved or new ways to help individuals and communities think more deeply about their own Jewish identity.
Congregations who willingly experiment with the resources and tools at their disposal successfully meet people where they are and continue to uphold the values that shaped Reform Judaism from its earliest moments – to fully embrace both our Jewish traditions and our modern world, and find ways for each to enhance the other.
The URJ’s Belin Outreach and Membership Awards – funded through the generosity of David Belin, z”l – are presented to up to 16 congregations for initiatives that demonstrate the concept of audacious hospitality by actively welcoming and integrating those new to Judaism, creating relationship-based engagement models, or engaging and retaining members with innovative practices. This post is the last in a series highlighting Belin Award-winning programs and the principles that guided their development.
To learn more about audacious hospitality strategies and tools, attend the Union for Reform Judaism’s Biennial 2015, from November 4-8 in Orlando, FL. With 5,000 attendees from around the world, the Biennial is the largest Jewish gathering in North America. Learn more and register at urj.org/biennial.
Jessica Ingram, a member of the URJ’s Strengthening Congregations team, is the manager of Communities of Practice.