By Aimee Close and Bob Leventhal Since launching our first cohort of Sulam for Strategic Planners (SSP) in 2013 with ten congregations, we have facilitated a year-long planning process with 52 congregations of various sizes, in 17 states and one Canadian province. In other words, … [Read more...] about Conversations that Matter: Five Years of Congregational Strategic Planning at USCJ
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By Dana K. Prottas Youth service organizations are embarking on a new decade of innovation and engagement for Jewish teens across the country. Part of this pivot stems from the monumental Jewish Education Project’s recent study, which is the largest study of American Jewish t … [Read more...] about USY Embarks on Transformational Change
By Jennifer Gendel, Ed.D. Humans need to belong. It’s fundamental to our sense of self and our place in the world. As babies, we smile at our caretakers to make a connection, as middle schoolers, we search for the lunch table where our friends are eating, and as college s … [Read more...] about Making our Kehillot a Place to Belong
By Eileen Flicker, Ed.D. Recently, I led a webinar for USCJ entitled Developmentally Appropriate Practices for Jewish Educators. The idea for the webinar came when planning the 2018 USCJ New Directors Institute. My colleagues and I realized that while new early childhood … [Read more...] about Developmentally Appropriate Practices in Jewish Education
By Rabbi Joshua Rabin I am an unapologetic Chabad fanboy. In 2019, this hardly makes me unique. Ask any Jewish leader about effective tactics for engaging the under-engaged and little time will pass before the conversation turns to the ways in which Chabad is the most … [Read more...] about Wait, Doesn’t Chabad Do That?