By Robert Evans Two critical gatherings of American synagogue leaders attracted major support and interest from a significant percentage of Reform and Conservative congregations in recent days. The Biennial of the Reform Movement attracted an estimated 6,000 delegates in Boston; the Conservative movement’s convention in Atlanta, while on a significantly smaller scale, attracted representatives of several hundred congregations across North … [Read more...] about PERSONAL OPINION: Reform & Conservative Congregational Leaders Show Passion & Renewed Commitment!
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By Amy Asin [The following article is offered as a partnership between eJP and the Clergy Leadership Incubator program (CLI). CLI is a two-year program to support and encourage congregational rabbis and rabbinic entrepreneurs in the areas of innovative thinking, change management and institutional transformation. CLI is directed by Rabbi Sid Schwarz and is fiscally sponsored by Hazon. Each month CLI offers a Synagogue Innovation Blog. Past … [Read more...] about Look for Best Principles, Not Best Practices
In advance of this week's Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Biennial General Assembly, the URJ has released preliminary survey findings showing the impact of Reform Movement Youth Programs on Jewish Identity. The URJ retained Rosov Consulting to examine the effect of participation in summer camp, youth group, and other Reform Movement youth activities on the Jewish identities of the participants. Among the key preliminary findings: … [Read more...] about New Research Highlights Effective URJ Youth Engagement Work
Just three weeks after deadly wildfires caused widespread destruction throughout Northern California, resulting in significant damage at the camp’s physical location in Santa Rosa, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) has announced that URJ Camp Newman will be housed for Summer 2018 at the facilities of California State University Maritime Academy (Cal Maritime), located on the waterfront in Vallejo, a short drive from both Santa Rosa and San … [Read more...] about URJ Camp Newman Announces Summer 2018 Plans
By Lisa Langer When kids today talk about religious school, odds are, their experiences are quite different from the way you remember religious school - and we have the data to prove it! Last fall, the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) invited educators, clergy, and lay leaders in our congregations to participate in a census about supplementary education learning models used in their religious schools. We wanted to create a comprehensive … [Read more...] about 6 Things to Know About Religious School Education in the Reform Movement