Amy Asin

Amy Asin

Inside Leadership
Amy Asin standing at a podium addressing the URJ Biennial

Editor's note: The text that follows was presented before a live audience at the 2019 URJ Biennial on Thursday, Dec. 12.

One of my favorite cartoons addresses our comfort level with change.

In the first frame, a speaker standing at the front of a room, like me, asks people sitting in chairs, like you – “Who wants change?” Every hand is raised. In the second frame, the person at the front asks, “Who wants to change?” and not a single hand is raised. In the third frame, the speaker asks, “Who wants to lead the change?” and the room empties out.

Sound like a familiar...

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Men and women gathered in a circle outdoors

“I came thinking I would meet some nice people and have some resources I could integrate into my board leadership. I left feeling inspired to take action.” -- Helen Holden, 2017 URJ Scheidt Seminar

As this blog post about leadership development opportunities indicates, the 2019 URJ Biennial is the number one way to reach a large swath of Reform Jews and give them tools and resources to make a lasting impact on congregational life.

But the learning and networking don’t stop there. The next stop for congregational presidents and presidents-elect should be the URJ Scheidt...

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Group of smiling people standing under a sign that reads URJ CENTRAL

Why do we talk so much about congregational change? Because the decision to stay the same is a decision to allow the synagogue model to fade away – and we know that change can help Jewish life remain strong, robust, and thriving.

The Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) is ready to support your congregation as you work to move up the change continuum. We ask you to please complete this form to indicate your interest in learning more, and we’ll be in touch soon with next steps. In the meantime, here’s a preview of how your congregation can begin to move forward.

1. Explore how your... Read More

Woman laughing while holding a microphone and speaking in front of a small group

Today’s congregational leaders are confronted with challenges that are different from those they encountered in the past and those they encounter in other leadership settings. Both emerging and seasoned leaders need to invest in forward-thinking leadership development to ensure they possess the skills, behaviors, and mindset necessary to lead change in their congregations.

To help with this important work, the URJ offers a range of leadership development opportunities, so there’s sure to be something suitable for every leader in your congregation.

1. URJ Biennial: Learn and... Read More

Hurricane as seen from overhead

As we watch the predictions and follow local authorities’ preparations for Hurricane Dorian, the URJ stands ready to assist congregations before, during, and after this expected storm.

Please stay in touch and share updates as you are able in the Hurricane Dorian group in the Tent. We have learned that by continually assessing the situation on the ground, we can determine – with your communication, of course – the best ways to rally the entire North American Reform Jewish network to support your congregation and local community.

This support could include: A list of...

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