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Editor's Note: This roundup, intended for educators and directors of early childhood education centers, is part of a series of pieces that curates coronavirus response resources for specific congregational roles. Additional pieces in this series are available for clergy, presidents, executive director and temple administrators, and...

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The public health crisis unleashed by the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) is forcing leaders across the Jewish community to confront what may seem to be brand new challenges. But while the scale of the outbreak is unprecedented, the questions we’re hearing from many of you are familiar ones: How do I keep my congregants safe? Which types of technology can I use to best reach our members? What does community mean for Reform Jews during turbulent times?

To help you navigate these universal questions in this unique moment, I want to share a three-stage framework that congregational...

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Editor's Note: This roundup, intended for congregational presidents, is part of a series of pieces that curates coronavirus response resources for specific congregational roles. Additional pieces in this series are available for clergyexecutive director and temple administrators, ECE directors and educators, and ...

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As the spread of coronavirus (COVID-19) continues, we’re all adjusting to new realities. Our URJ staffers are working hard to chart new courses of action during these uncertain times, creating opportunities and venues for continue to create the transformative connections that are at the core of our Reform Jewish Movement.

As we round up resources of critical help to congregations, we're also creating content for our educational website,, to help members of our...

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It all started, as most things do nowadays, with an email. On February 28, we notified the congregation of a new greeting, the “elbow bump,” in a message titled “Share Prayers, Not Germs.” Next came an update with information from the Centers for Disease Control on steps for staying healthy.

The next Shabbat brought two emails: first, a reminder about illness prevention during Shabbat, then a notice...

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