COVID-19 Resources for Congregations

To help you prioritize your community’s health, safety, and spiritual wellbeing, we’ve compiled a list of helpful resources that is being updated as additional resources become available. 

For discussions about community communication, program cancellations, community mitigation strategies, and more, join the Safety and Security group and follow topic tags #Covid19 and #Coronavirus

Not a URJ congregation? Get access to COVID-19 resources with this form.

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CCAR/URJ Guidelines for Returning to In-Person Gatherings

Guidelines on Values-Based Decision Making: Returning to In-Person Gatherings During the COVID-19 Pandemic.

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URJ Youth & Camps Virtual Communities

A complete calendar of Camp, NFTY, and other youth program events going on around North America.

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Tools for Streaming Services & Other Virtual Programming

Helpful resources for supporting your community online.

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Add Your Virtual Gathering to the Reform Movement Calendar

Add your holiday events, Torah study, and family programs to the calendar.

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Help Congregants "Do Jewish" at Home

Helpful, timely, and interesting Jewish content to help your community members stay both busy and Jewishly engaged.

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Prayers & Liturgy

Helpful prayers, poems, and other liturgical resources. 

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For Congregational Presidents

To help you keep information straight and find what you need, we’re keeping this ongoing list of URJ resources that may be particularly useful to a congregational president.

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For Clergy

Resources that may be particularly helpful to you, as clergy, as you support your community at this time.

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For K-12 Educators

As the spread of COVID-19 significantly alters how we gather, learn and connect, it’s safe to say that this is not how educational leaders, directors, clergy, faculty or madrichim imagined Jewish learning would be happening today.

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For ECE Directors & Educators

Caring for each other, as well as for our children, families, and staff, doesn’t stop when challenges surface. But it is also during these difficult times that we reinvent ourselves and meet the needs of our community more than ever.

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For Executive Directors & Temple Administrators

We’re keeping this ongoing list of Reform Movement resources that may be particularly useful to you in your work as an executive director or temple administrator.

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Financial Resources

Right now, one of the primary concerns of many congregations is financial decision-making in the face of unprecedented financial realities. We’ve rounded up resources to help you find the most up-to-date recommendations, information, and support. 

More Reform Movement Resources

Check out these important and relevant resources from Reform affiliates.

Finally, we urge you to continue to stay apprised of government updates about coronavirus. In the U.S., visit The Center for Disease Control’s coronavirus page; in Canada, visit the Government of Canadian’s Coronavirus Outbreak Update page. It’s also important to follow advisories issued by your local, state, and provinicial authorities; visit their official website and sign up for emergency alerts.

Together, we pray both for a full recovery of those who are sick and for an end to the spread of this virus. As Rabbi Kunin wrote from Tokyo: “May the Holy One send healing to all those that are afflicted, and may this disease soon vanish from the earth.”