The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
From Facebook to Slack, from Yammer to Jive, from email to Google Groups… Platforms for group collaboration are easy enough to find and use, but success will remain elusive unless we approach these platforms with a collaborative mindset and an ability to work out loud.
Collaboration does not happen on its own. Keeping these six principles of effective collaboration in mind will help organizations and leaders be more successful by being more collaborative and transparent.1. Openness
Collaboration begins with adopting a new mindset of openness and working out loud. This...Read More
This week, the Union for Reform Judaism will be welcoming 6,000 Reform Jewish congregational lay and professional leaders to our URJ Biennial convention in Boston, MA. This is the biggest event the URJ hosts, with maybe the most impact. Almost every member of our staff is involved in the preparation for Biennial in some way, and in order to ensure a successful event, we must communicate and collaborate with individuals and teams for several months leading up to the event.
This year, Yammer played a key role in the successful planning for Biennial, and we have seen it used in key,...Read More
My older brother Mark attended URJ Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute Camp (OSRUI), the Reform Jewish summer camp in Oconomowoc, WI. Because my older brother went to that camp, and because I spent enough time with my brother throughout the rest of the year, I opted to attend another camp. But Mark loved OSRUI. Mark discovered a Judaism at OSRUI that was deeply personal to him. Mark learned how to be a leader at OSRUI. Mark learned how to work at a Jewish organization – and at OSRUI, Mark learned that he wanted to be a rabbi.
I didn’t understand. I went to a secular summer camp where we...Read More
“Welcome to our worship committee meeting. Thanks for being here! After I pass out the agenda, we’ll start the meeting and create action items for follow-up. After the meeting, we’ll type up the minutes to reflect our conversations, and they’ll be emailed out. The board is meeting next week, so we’ll probably wait until next month to make our report. Now let’s get to work!”
In many of our congregations, this is what collaboration looks like. Strictly defined, collaboration is the act of working with someone to produce or create something. As a concept, this isn’t complicated or...Read More
Rabbi Abraham Joshua Heschel, one of the great Jewish thinkers and writers of the twentieth century, helps us understand our connection with prayer through the concepts of keva and kavanah.What Are Keva and Kavanah?
Keva is the fixed nature of our prayer. It represents the words on the page, and the order of the worship. Keva provides a framework for our prayer and guides our way through the service.
Kavanah, on the other hand, is the intent that we bring to our worship. As a prayer starts, kavanah is the deep breath we take, and the sweet, warm memory we recall.