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Cheshbon Hanafesh for Your Congregation

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September 13, 2021
The High Holiday season is an important time of personal and communal reflection, including your congregation’s leadership. This can also be a time of reflection for your congregation’s leadership.

Blame Ourselves, Not God

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
August 30, 2021
Blaming God for such tragedies is theologically problematic; blaming God for failed human policies is blasphemous. This idea is worth considering as we cope with the devastating aftermath of the multiple disasters confronting us. 

Celebrating Your Jewish Community’s Reopening

Jan Zauzmer
July 12, 2021
Reopening means so much more than unlocking doors, turning on lights, and resuming routines. As we enter 5782, it means reconnecting with one another, reigniting the bonds of friendship, and reestablishing our affiliation.

Resources for the Next Stage of Reopening, Reimagining, and Re-entering Our Communities

May 12, 2021
In Reform congregations across North American, teams of clergy, staff, educators, and lay people have worked together to develop innovative ways to re-open, re-enter, and reimagine our Jewish community life. But the challenges that congregations face in strategically thinking through reopening are more than any one community should have to take on alone. The Reform Movement as a whole will continue to work to help congregational communities envision and plan for the future.

Dear Synagogue Leaders: Go Back Better (to In-Person)

Rabbi Paul Kipnes
May 6, 2021

Dear Synagogue Leaders,

We keepers of the flame
Of Jewish communal living

Know --
If we haven’t already done so
That the time to go back
Is arriving soon.

We want to go back to in-person worship
We want to go back to in-person meetings
We want