Chris Harrison

Chris Harrison

Inside Leadership
Closeup of a Torah unscrolled on blue fabric

Weekly congregational Torah study is a time-honored Jewish legacy that not only provides the chance for members to learn Torah, but to also learn more about one another. Groups like these have incredible potential for spiritually, emotionally, and mentally stimulating discussion that transcends age, background, and lived experience.

Rabbi Adam Fisher leads one such Torah study group at Temple Isaiah in Stony Brook, N.Y. – and the group has met every single week for 30 years in a row. To learn more about this incredible accomplishment, I spoke with Rabbi Fisher about these weekly...

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Assortment of knit kippot in piles on a table

Kippot (plural of kippah, which in Hebrew means yarmulkes or skullcaps) are religiously and culturally important pieces of Jewish prayer garb. Typically, kippot are small velvet, suede, or knitted skullcaps that cover only the upper back part of the scalp, but they are also available in a variety of sizes, colors, and designs.

Some wearers consider their kippot to be an extension of their personality, which is something Kate Rachel Lozier, a Judaica creator, fully understands. Lozier lives out her passion by designing and crafting kippot that stand out and tell their own unique...

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Biennial attendees sitting in a row and laughing

The URJ Biennial 2019 is fast approaching (just 36 days to go!) and we hope you’re as excited as we are for everything that's in store – including our Biennial Intensives, five learning session tracks on topics of the utmost important to congregations.

These intensives were created as a direct result of congregational feedback from past Biennials: We heard your requests for curated tracks to help you choose the most helpful learning sessions for your congregation’s most pressing needs and interests – and this year, we’re delivering big.

These five intensive tracks will help...

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Every two years, the Union for Reform Judaism’s Belin Awards honor congregations that have developed innovative and effective programs rooted in the concepts of audacious hospitality that also engage and retain members of our congregations. 

Generously funded by David Belin, z’l, the inaugural chair of the URJ-CCAR Joint Commission on Outreach, the Belin Awards offer the URJ an opportunity to highlight and reward eight of the most innovative and inspiring initiatives in our congregations with a $1,000 cash award and recognition at the upcoming URJ Biennial.

The winners of...

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Young couple and their children lighting the Shabbat candles together

Throughout the course of 12 years, Temple Shalom in Succasunna, N.J., experienced a number of hardships, ranging from financial difficulties to a decline in membership. As it turned out, though, the thing that would inspire this community to thrive once again was, well, the very community itself.

Saving the Synagogue with a Creative Initiative

Dinah Fox, one of Temple Shalom’s long-standing members, led the effort to save Succasunna’s beloved synagogue, thinking up a smart, meaningful idea to engage with the community that ultimately saved the congregation from shutting its doors...

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