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
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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?
By Michelle Shapiro Abraham and Rabbi Ana Bonnheim
Young Jewish professionals are a growing cohort of just-out-of-college professionals who are eager for Jewish living and learning. Their jobs in the Jewish world are often their first jobs out of school and often in synagogues, where they are charged with being the “pied-pipers” of youth engagement in their communities.
The Union for Reform Judaism has increased our support of these new … [Read more...] about From Camp Counselor to Full Time Youth Professional:
What We are Learning About Millennials in the Field
By Miriam T. Chilton and Alex Pomson In Fall 2017, the URJ engaged Rosov Consulting to measure the lifelong impact of URJ youth programs. There have been many such alumni studies in the Jewish community in recent years focused on questions of Jewish continuity, identity building, and other traditional markers of success. In this study, we set out to ascertain if the URJ’s youth programs are achieving the goals of the URJ: to strengthen … [Read more...] about Creating an Engaged Future: Findings from the URJ Youth Alumni Impact Study
By Amy Asin Throughout the years, the URJ has learned that questions about congregational governance keep congregational leaders up at night. In fact, for the past four years, it has consistently been one of the top categories of questions asked to the URJ Knowledge Network team, generating approximately 10% of all questions we received. You’ve asked us: How big should my board be? Do I have to fill all of my committee chair … [Read more...] about The 4 Best Principles of Congregational Governance