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North American Jews and their families turn to congregations for their spiritual, emotional, educational, and communal needs, so healthy, adaptive, agile congregations are critical to Jewish life. Synagogues must be equipped to respond to the changing needs of the communities they serve, providing relevant and meaningful ways for people to learn, practice, and experience Judaism, as well as express their own Jewish identity.
The URJ helps congregations stay relevant and innovative, supporting them as they inspire people to live Jewishly, expand the ways they can do so, and identify, encourage, and train leaders who will innovate and advance congregational practices to attract and retain Jews and their families in long-time engagement in Jewish life. We connect congregational leaders to valuable experts and resources, as well as to in-person and virtual opportunities to learn, network, experiment, and innovate—always working to ensure congregations and communities are able to support their work over time.
Through the URJ's work with congregations, we further our other priorities of investing in the Jewish future, deepening Jewish learning and experiences, repairing the world, welcoming all, and connecting with Israel.
Moving to the Leading Edge: A URJ Resource and Discussion Guide to Move Your Congregation Forward
A URJ resource and discussion guide about current topics in congregational life. It provides inspiration for innovation and features articles and prompts for reflective conversations written by experts, URJ staff, and congregational leaders who are doing innovative work. This resource is now available in three volumes:
New Approaches to Supplementary Education in the Reform Movement
In recent years, a growing number of Reform congregations have experimented with new formats for their religious schools. This URJ census on supplementary education learning models creates a comprehensive snapshot of current innovations in congregational K-6 supplementary education programs in the Reform Movement.