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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...

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One of my very favorite Hanukkah traditions is the practice of placing our lit menorahs in windows to share the miracle and joy of this holiday with our communities. In my role as vice president of URJ camps, NFTY, and immersive experiences, I have the honor to witness the magic of our camps, NFTY, Israel journeys, and other year-round immersive experiences. I also get a front-row seat to the many ways we partner with congregations to show children, teens, young adults, and families how to use their Judaism as a springboard for creating a more joyful, just, inclusive, and compassionate...

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The Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism (CSA) is proud to present the Irving J. Fain Social Justice Award, in recognition of congregations leading excellent and impactful social justice programming and initiatives. This year, the CSA received a record number of applicants from across North America. From this dedicated applicant pool, the CSA selected 21 congregations as Fain Award recipients.

The Fain Awards highlight a diverse and meaningful portfolio of work from congregations across the Reform Movement, which aligns with our vision of a world filled with wholeness,...

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We’re thrilled to announce the winners of our 2019 URJ Biennial Photo Contest. We received so many incredible submissions depicting the vibrancy and diversity of Reform Jewish congregational life that it was difficult to choose the best!

After much deliberation, our judges have selected MaLea Breland of Congregation Children of Israel in August, GA, as the grand prize winner for her photo of children saying the Sh'ma blessing. Dale LazarofTemple Sinai in Pittsburgh, PA, won second...

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December 19, 2019


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Last week, JCC Association of North America and the...

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