Congregational Life

How to Use the New URJ Reflection Tool

Rabbi Esther L. Lederman
Rabbi Leora Kaye
September 1, 2020
We recently introduced the URJ Reflection Project, a tool for the High Holidays that can be found at Here, we share suggestions of how to use its many ideas with your congregation. 

URJ Webinar: Applying for Loans from the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund

May 8, 2020
The URJ is partnering with the Jewish Community Response and Impact Fund (JCRIF) to provide access to a $3-million interest-free loan program in support of URJ congregations. This is the first but not only opportunity for URJ congregations to access funds via JCRIF. Join us on Monday, May 11 at 2 pm ET for a webinar with Shira Hutt, JFNA Chief of Staff and JCRIF liaison, and Amy Asin, URJ Vice President for Strengthening Congregations. Learn more and ask your questions about this program.

URJ Webinar: Congregational Fundraising in the Face of COVID-19

May 1, 2020
Join us for a webinar on May 13, 8pm ET with Amy Schiffman, consultant and coach from Giving Tree Associates. Together, we will uncover strategies to continue building relationships with members and donors in a crisis environment. Participants will have the opportunity to ask questions about virtual galas, mailings, special campaigns, and solicitations during a time of extreme uncertainty... and leave with a plan of action.

URJ Webinar: Congregational Collaborations, Mergers, and Alternatives to Mergers

April 29, 2020
Join us on Thursday, May 7, 8pm ET, for a webinar on congregational collaborations, mergers, and alternatives to mergers. We’ll discuss various models of collaborative efforts among congregations, how to’s and logistics, and best principles of success. Participants will hear from leaders whose congregations have entered into successful collaborations, will learn how to plan from a place of vision and strength, and will discover how to turn a possible moment of “oh, no!” into a moment of “oh, yes!”