Our work has revealed to us several key principles about building capacity for leading change in congregational education.
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If your congregation spent 12-24 months focusing on one topic of your congregational life, could it transform your entire community? If you decided to really delve into engaging baby boomers or figuring out how to focus on social justice issues, could it be a game changer for your congregation? This year, we’re excited to launch four new Communities of Practice, and applications are open through May 9th, 2016.
Nearly every congregation today faces the challenge of trying to increase or stabilize revenue, so it’s no surprise that in the last few weeks alone, the Jewish press published three separate pieces on the subject:
- eJewishPhilanthropy shared an overview of the changing landscape and what that may look like for particular synagogues. They explain the traction this issue has gained in recent months, calling on the expertise of researchers and advocates for change.
- In “The Case for Pay-What-You-Can Synagogue Dues” on Jewish parenting site Kveller, one blogger wrote a personal reflection about the many factors that families consider when weighing the cost and benefit of joining a synagogue – and why the potential upside for congregations seems worth the risk.
- The Sun-Sentinel recently reported that Temple Beth Orr of Coral Springs, FL, became the first congregation in South Florida to adopt a voluntary dues commitment model.
And that’s not all.
- Building a Brand: Excellence in Reform Movement Early Childhood Engagement
- Creating Connected Communities for Families with Young Children (for congregations without Early Childhood Centers)
- Strengthening Israel Engagement in your Congregation
- Pursuing Justice: Becoming a Community of Action (with the Religious Action Center)
- Finding the Sacred in the Mundane: Reimagining Financial Support
- Engaging Congregants: Small Groups With Meaning
- Connect with geographically-based URJ Communities to help your congregation's lay leaders network and learn together
- Join The Tent to get answers to your questions and to join discussions with peers across North America
- Learn about the forthcoming "Leadership Institute," which will expand leadership development opportunities for your congregation
- Contact the Knowledge Network for answers and resources related to all aspects of congregational life (1.855.URJ.1800 or firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Learn about the corps of volunteers available to run board workshops at your congregation or congregational retreat
- Tap into the corps of experts (in conjunction with other Reform institutions and individuals) that is available for specialized advice
- Help your congregation's new president get off on the right foot with the specialized training available at the Scheidt Seminar (registration now open)