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Inside Leadership
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You might’ve already seen the news: After 11 years of creating groundbreaking Jewish content online, BimBam (founded as G-dcast) announced today that it will cease active operations this spring. For more than a decade, BimBam has used vibrant digital storytelling to spark connections to Judaism for learners of all ages.

This is, of course, a loss to our community, as BimBam’s lively digital content – from parashiyot to holiday videos and...

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What should synagogue life include? What should comprise a fulfilling year in the life of a synagogue? I ruminate over these questions.

A full answer certainly includes celebrating the liturgical calendar year of Shabbat, holy days and festivals; marking the sacred lifecycle moments of those in our communities, birth, b’nei mitzvah, marriage, mourning, illness, recovery, achievement and setback; adult education, social action, social justice, community care,...

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Most congregational leaders – when seeking to adapt their congregations to current realities and in order to bring in new members and/or create a sustainable financial situation – ask what new programs they should add or what new outreach they should do. As part of these generative conversations, it is also critical to ask the question: “What should we stop doing?”

In order to free up resources to do new things, you must either raise more funds, train more volunteers, or find something to stop doing. Simply layering more work upon overburdened clergy, staff, or volunteers won’t...

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Contacts: URJ: Lauren Theodore, 212-650-4154 BimBam: Dan Cohen, 510-465-8294

APRIL 2, 2019 - ReformJudaism.org, the Union for Reform Judaism’s flagship educational website reaching more than three million visitors annually, will steward all digital storytelling content produced by award-winning digital studio BimBam beginning April 2.

Founded by Sarah Lefton in 2008, BimBam (founded as G-dcast) was inspired by her journey to become a self-educated Jew. Out of...

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Today marks the first day of my tenure as the thirteenth president of Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, the first day of what I hope will be a magnificent journey together.

I am humbled and honored to have been called upon by the HUC-JIR Board of Governors to lead this institution’s sacred mission and look forward with great excitement as we forge ahead together, honoring our history while approaching our future with imagination, creativity, and spirit. I commit to doing so through a collaborative, transparent model of leadership...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.