Al Vorspan, former senior vice president of the of the Union of American Hebrew Congregations (UAHC, now Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) and director emeritus of the Commission on Social Action of Reform Judaism, passed away on Saturday, February 16th, at 95. Vorspan, who worked tirelessly to found and strengthen the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism in Washington, D.C., was one of the g’dolei hador, “great ones” of Jewish social justice … [Read more...] about Al Vorspan, z”l
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By Matan Koch Jewish summer camp, when done right, is possibly the best tool that I have ever seen to help a young person with a disability learn to integrate into a larger group. I said as much over 4 years ago, when I wrote about my own meaningful Jewish camp experience as a person who uses a wheelchair. I remain as confident in this conviction as I ever was, and I am absolutely thrilled about the generous $12 million grant from The Harry … [Read more...] about Staff with Disabilities Help Camp Inclusion Soar
By Nancy Bossov, RJE Directing a Jewish early childhood education center can be a stressful and lonely experience, balanced by regular hugs and greetings, and occasional (some might say “miraculous”) understanding among the infant to 5-year-old children in our centers. Staff members in the 240 early childhood centers that are part of Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) congregations have opportunities to reach across the continent to exchange … [Read more...] about 4 Ways to Make Your Congregation’s Early Childhood Center a Success
By Amy Asin It is universally acknowledged that the world around us is changing faster than ever. To stay relevant and thrive in this new world, change will be necessary in all congregations, even those that are doing well. The pace of change in the outside world demands it. Many congregational leaders are willing to change, but in most congregations, we see either disagreement or a lack of understanding about the depth of change … [Read more...] about How Your Congregation Can Move Up the Change Continuum
By Amy Asin An executive committee can play a crucial role in the strategic leadership of a congregation. Regrettably, many congregational executive committees - rather than fulfilling their true purpose - serve only to preprocess board decisions, leading to a disengaged board. We have seen a trend among congregations that realize this diminished role is ineffective but lacking an understanding of the true value of the executive committee, are … [Read more...] about What Should Be the Role of the Executive Committee?