Congregational Life

Engaging With Millennials: It's Not as Hard as You Think

Rabbi Jeremy Weisblatt
August 28, 2016

If you listen closely, you can hear it – the inevitable sound of the shofar saying, “The High Holidays are coming…. The High Holidays are coming…” With these sacred days so close at hand, congregations fill with familiar refrains around tickets, seating, and the inescapable questions about how to get people – especially millennials – in the door.

Why Congregational Competition is a Good Thing

Larry Glickman, FTA
August 24, 2016

The inverse of a family choosing to join one congregation is that they don’t join the temple down the street or on the other side of town. As a result, our congregations often find themselves competing for every new member in the area.

Leadership Doesn't Need to Be a Lonely Endeavor: We’re Here to Help

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
August 1, 2016

In many parts of the country, August is a time to restart our engines after the slower, lazy days of summer. As parents, we’re getting our kids back to school and as synagogue leaders, we’re preparing for the High Holidays. To those of you who took on new roles in your congregation during the summer, whether for the first time or as a veteran leader in a new post, Baruch haba (Welcome)! We’re delighted to have you among the Reform Movement’s leadership ranks.

People or Programs: What's the Best Focus for Your Synagogue?

Alan Zeichick
July 27, 2016

Leaders are convinced that worship services are innovative and uplifting, while the Jews in the pews murmur that services are old and tired. And, although leaders may believe that the biggest reason members leave congregations is because of an outdated dues model, in reality it’s because in their rush to implement innovative programs, clergy have forgotten to minister to their flock.