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Congregational Life
Strengthening Congregations

Building Vibrant Congregations and Strong Communities

The Union for Reform Judaism helps congregations stay relevant and innovative, supporting them as they inspire sacred action and expand the way in which people can live Jewishly. We develop leaders to face today’s adaptive challenges and nurture innovation to be responsive to changing needs. The URJ also deepens the network of congregations to support each other and learn from experts. When needed, we provide personalized support for congregations in transition and crisis.

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:


Leadership Development

Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers a variety of training options that emphasize critical thinking and practical skills to inspire sacred action within Jewish communities.

Building Community

URJ Communities

The URJ connects congregational leaders across North America in 35 geographic communities, convenes cohorts of leaders around areas of shared interest, and addresses the needs of congregations based on their size

Transition & Crisis Support

The URJ provides support to congregations for a wide range of situations, including clergy transitions, lay-clergy relationships, conflict and crisis management, and congregations considering a merger or collaboration.

Congregational Discounts & Services

Benefits and Services for URJ Congregations

URJ Congregations can receive group discounts and marketing materials as benefits of membership.