In a world where time is precious and congregational leaders are called on to do more and know more, the URJ has launched a number of online courses. The courses are a way to take a deeper dive in an area of synagogue life around issues that congregants are seeking to understand and help leaders look to the future in a more strategic, thoughtful way.
These courses are asynchronous – a person starts the course and can move through it at their own pace. They use a whole variety of modalities – videos, blog posts, you can even test your knowledge with a quiz at the end of the unit.
Taking a URJ online course has so many benefits for your congregation and creates a shared language for leaders to move forward together as a team.
The following courses are currently being offered or are opening soon:
Financial Leaders Training
The URJ Congregational Finances Courses provide a basic introduction for lay leaders who have little to no experience with finances, and are intended to help them be more prepared to participate in financial conversations. They are also a valuable opportunity for lay or professional leaders who are looking for a refresher in congregational finances. In 2020, participants will be able to register for the URJ Congregational Finances Courses on a rolling basis.
Leadership and Governance
- Learn the URJ Principles of Governance and cultivate a shared language.
- Explore congregational governance in relation to Jewish communal life and the greater non-profit landscape
- Mobilize fellow leaders in their congregation to connect with other congregations interested in congregational governance.
- Apply learning from the course to lead governance work in their communities.
Cultivating a Culture of Philanthropy
This is an excellent way for a group of congregational leaders to learn the foundations of Creating a Culture of Philanthropy together and create a shared language. It's also a terrific opportunity for individual participants to learn about philanthropy in a congregation. Either way, it is a fantastic experience.