Vice President, Congregational Services & Community Vibrancy

Cathy M Rolland RJE (she/her) is the URJ's Vice President of North American Congregational Servies and Community Vibrancy, leading a team that provides value-added offerings and experiences for URJ-affiliated congregations and communities. Cathy and her team are committed to making it easier for congregations to operate, engage individuals, build pipelines, and govern. Their work allows lay leaders and professional staff to focus on creating vibrant communities of joy and belonging that are safe, equitable, ethical, diverse, and inclusive. offerings and experiences for congregations and communities that are members of the

Cathy is the inaugural president of the Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ), an affiliate of the URJ. She earned a Master of Arts in Religious Education from Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion. She also has a certification in Jewish Early Childhood Leadership from Gratz College. Cathy and her husband reside in Denver, CO, where she is grateful for the opportunity to serve as the chair of the Efshar Project, formerly known as the Colorado Jewish ECE Initiative, which focuses on building Jewish identity through increasing access to 15 Jewish Early Childhood Education Centers in the Denver/Boulder community.

Latest by Cathy Rolland, RJE

The Susan Zukrow Mackevich Seeds of Compassion Fellowship Grows Connection between Early Jewish Education and Camp

Cathy Rolland, RJE
Rachel Margolis, RJE
Sometimes an outsider’s perspective yields a beautiful question. Susan Zukrow Mackevich, whose second yahrzeit was April 27, provided that kind of perspective for us at the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), Early Childhood Educators of Reform Judaism (ECE-RJ), and Chicago-area early childhood Jewish educators.

Early Childhood Education Centers on the Brink: Coming Together to Address Crisis

Amy Asin
Cathy Rolland, RJE
Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Rachel Margolis, RJE
Although the pandemic has not altered the overall mission of our sacred work – to engage the next generation of families with young children on their Jewish journey – it has further amplified our sense of urgency and is helping to redefine and clarify our goals and priorities.