With bomb threats and acts of vandalism aimed at Jewish institutions dominating the headlines, congregational leaders are evaluating their synagogues’ safety and security procedures. Check out these resources available to your congregation.
My congregation's annual retreat fills the I-didn’t-go-to-camp void in my Jewish experience. Held at URJ Camp Harlam, a two-hour drive from home, it’s close enough for the weekend, but far enough away that we’re not tempted to go home for other events, allowing me to celebrate Shabbat in a way I don’t usually do.
Throughout 2016, as colleagues and I visited congregations across North America, we were inspired by the many ways they are adapting to the changing landscape of our world. Although congregational size and geographic location certainly influence the way leaders address specific community needs, we observed nine overarching trends in congregations this year.
Even our most sophisticated business leaders are forced to shift their perspectives and approaches in order to run a congregation “the right way.”