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When teens at a regional NFTY event ask when you are going to repeat the program they just attended, you must be doing something right. Coming out of the program, it was clear that they were happy –  happy because they were fully engaged, had fun, and because along the way, they learned something about themselves, their peers, their identity and their heritage.

It all started when my friend, Rachel Alemany, a fellow youth group advisor and educator, had an idea that Jewish teens should have a winter experience that was akin to building...

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When I speak to congregations about how they measure success, I often talk about the need to move from viewing success through a program lens (number of participants, food/space, complaints, budget) to seeing it from a congregant’s viewpoint (relationship, impact, and meaning).

Similarly, the Union for Reform Judaism has been shifting how it collects and uses evaluation data, moving from a focus on execution and attendance at our programs to one that more closely...

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Great leaders understand that reflection, feedback, and evaluation of our endeavors are at the heart of our work and they have much to teach us. What went well? What didn’t go as planned? How do we tweak for next time? Should there even be a next time? How can we apply what we learned as we move forward?

And so it is that we want to pause to reflect about what we learned both from planning the URJ Day of Leadership Learning and during the day itself. The response to the event,...

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Contact: Lauren Theodore at 212-650-4154

New York, NY; November 15, 2018 - Following today's announcement that Rabbi Hara Person will become the next Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), stated:

I could not be more excited to welcome my friend and colleague Rabbi Hara Person to her new, and richly deserved, position as Chief Executive of the Central Conference of American Rabbis.

I have known and worked with Rabbi...

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Synagogue security is a priority for every congregation. Much of the work to be done to enhance your congregation’s security involves planning and training; sometimes, however, a risk assessment will recommend important changes to your physical plant or purchasing equipment, a potentially costly need.

One potential funding opportunity may be grants from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. Here are six things your congregation needs to do before applying for a grant. 

1. Take all the right factors into consideration.

When making the decision to pursue government...

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