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An orientation to the Union for Reform Judaism in the 21st Century -- is a self-guided PowerPoint tutorial which can be viewed at your convenience.

An orientation to the Union for Reform Judaism in the 21st Century -- is a self-guided PowerPoint tutorial which can be viewed at your convenience.

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  • 1. URJ UNIVERSITY<br />URJ 101<br />
  • 2. As Reform Jews we are united by our beliefs:<br />
  • 3. We put these values into action in our communities, strengthening the community and ourselves.<br />Study/Youth Group<br />Congregational Community<br />Volunteer<br />Minyan<br />Sisterhood/Brotherhood<br />
  • 4. The URJ connects individual congregants and congregations to the community of Reform congregations in North America.<br />
  • 5. Together we address challenges and seek solutions.<br />
  • 6. Connected We Build a Brighter Future<br />
  • 7. Connected we build a brighter future<br />The URJ connects Reform communities in North America (and hundreds of other Liberal/Progressive/Reform congregations around the globe) to create a dynamic network of clergy, professionals, lay leaders, and congregants. <br />
  • 8. How? <br />URJ connects clergy, professional leaders and volunteer leaders:<br /><ul><li>Through Networking Groups (e.g. Membership, Presidents’ Conference, Caring Community)
  • 9. At Events (e.g. Biennial, Forums, Think Tanks)
  • 10. In Professional Associations (e.g. American Conference of Cantors (ACC), National Association of Temple Educators (NATE), National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA), PARDeS (Progressive Association of Reform Day Schools)</li></li></ul><li>In Their Own Words:<br />Connecting at Biennial:<br />“It will inspire you, give you new and useful ideas, allow you to network with your peers, and make you a better congregational leader.”<br />“It is the ONLY opportunity to be amongst our Movement’s best and brightest. Not all the learning is done in sessions and the ruach and high one gets from attending is difficult to duplicate.”<br />“You will simply not understand until you go how much this will affect your personal Jewish identity, your energy towards projects at the shul, your desire to do more.” <br />
  • 11. Connected we build a brighter future<br />The URJ connects Reform communities in North America (and hundreds of other Liberal/Progressive/Reform congregations around the globe) to create a dynamic network of clergy, professionals, lay leaders, and congregants. <br />By bringing together the collective ideas, experience, and expertise of over 900 congregations, we offer programs and services that strengthen the Reform Jewish Movement. <br />
  • 12. How?<br />URJ connects individual congregants with:<br /><ul><li>Unique worship materials like the groundbreaking Women’s Torah commentary;
  • 13. Specialized and tested curricula for formal and informal education programs from preschool through adult;
  • 14. Tools and resources to make an impact on social justice and legislative activity in Washington, D.C., through the Religious Action Center of Reform Judaism and on religious pluralism in Israel through the Israel Religious Action Center;
  • 15. Educational tools and resources that reinforce Jewish learning (e.g. 10 Minutes of Torah, Torah Study Webinars) and help people live a committed, caring and meaningful Jewish life;
  • 16. News and opinion relating to the Reform Movement through tools like Reform Judaism magazine;
  • 17. Networks of likeminded peers through ARZA/ARZA Canada, WRJ, MRJ.</li></li></ul><li>In Their Own Words<br />Connecting at the L’Taken Social Justice Seminar:<br />“This is the 11th year we have run confirmation classes from our synagogue. When they come back and give their confirmation speeches… they always talk about L’Taken as the most incredible experience of their confirmation year. I recommend it highly as a confirmation program, you won’t be disappointed.”- Rabbi Gene Levy, Little Rock, AR<br />
  • 18. Connected we build a brighter future<br />The URJ connects Reform communities in North America (and hundreds of other Liberal/Progressive/Reform congregations around the globe) to create a dynamic network of clergy, professionals, lay leaders, and congregants. <br />By bringing together the collective ideas, experience, and expertise of over 900 congregations, we offer programs and services that strengthen the Reform Jewish movement. <br />Our member congregations benefit from creative programming ideas, ongoing consultation and problem solving, formal and informal education opportunities, and much more.<br />
  • 19. How?<br />URJ connects congregational leadership with:<br /><ul><li>Creative programming ideas and program resources for all areas of synagogue life, including worship, education and social action;
  • 20. Congregational support during challenges and crises;
  • 21. Consultation and problem-solving resources such as the Congregational Consulting Group and Specialist Networking Groups;
  • 22. Leadership training through the Scheidt, Schindler and Hadracha programs.</li></li></ul><li>In Their Own Words<br />Connecting through the Scheidt Seminar:<br />“It is difficult to express the experience of sharing four days with almost 100 other Presidents and Presidents-elect, but the gift… is priceless! All I can tell you is: I hope I have enough time in my presidency to let my congregants know a fraction of what I have learned from the facilitators who were there to guide us through our weekend.” President, Temple ShalomAberdeen, NJ<br />
  • 23. In Their Own Words<br />Connecting through the Congregational Consulting Group:<br />“Words are not enough to express how much I have grown both professionally and personally.  Working with [URJ Specialist] Cathy Rolland has been one of the most rewarding experiences. Her knowledge in the field of Early Childhood Education and Early Engagement, along with an ability to partner with others in creating a vision, has been critical to the success of our ECC Task Force.”-Sue Tolchin, Westchester Reform Temple<br />
  • 24. Connected we build a brighter future<br />The URJ connects Reform communities in North America (and hundreds of other Liberal/Progressive/Reform congregations around the globe) to create a dynamic network of clergy, professionals, lay leaders, and congregants. <br />By bringing together the collective ideas, experience, and expertise of over 900 congregations, we offer programs and services that strengthen the Reform Jewish movement. Our member congregations benefit from creative programming ideas, ongoing consultation and problem solving, formal and informal education opportunities, and much more.<br />Our progressive, inclusive approach connects six thousand years of Jewish tradition and values with modern Jewish experiences. In doing so, we are building a brighter future for Reform Judaism, and changing lives for the better.<br />
  • 25. How?<br />URJ connects Reform Jews to Jewish tradition by:<br /><ul><li>Providing spiritual leadership on issues related to worship, practice and learning;
  • 26. NFTY- North American Youth Group;
  • 27. Network of 13 North American camps and Israel experiences for teens and young adults;
  • 28. Answering the imperative to work toward social justice through the RAC;
  • 29. A catalog of several thousand Jewish books and music.</li></li></ul><li>In Their Own Words<br />Connecting through NFTY in Israel:<br />“You can’t really place value on experiencing sunrise at Masada, or going on an archeological dig and picking up some random piece of pottery that’s thousands of years old, or floating in the dead sea, or experiencing life in the army. These are tangible experiences, they’re hands-on experiences, they’re memories that kids will come back with and can articulate to their friends, to their family, ‘This is what I experienced. This is why my relationship with Israel is so strong.’” – Alex Sheridan, Counselor<br />
  • 30. How we do it<br />Nearly 94% of expenses support congregations:<br /><ul><li>Congregational Support Centers (CSC) - staff and clergy assigned to each congregation facilitating frontline assistance;
  • 31. Congregational Consulting Group (CCG) - Providing expert advice and consultation on everything from nursery school curricula to facility management;
  • 32. Youth and Teen Programming (NAC/NFTY) - North American Youth groups, camps and Israel experience programs;
  • 33. Training the next generation of rabbis (HUC-JIR);
  • 34. Religious Action Center (RAC) - The most established, most respected Jewish lobbying presence in Washington, DC
  • 35. URJ Events and Publications;
  • 36. Association of Reform Zionists (ARZA/ARZA Canada)</li></li></ul><li>Congregational Support Centers (CSC)<br />Congregational Representatives and Union Rabbis partner with congregational lay and professional leaders to strengthen synagogues and Reform Jewish communities. <br />Through pro-active outreach and relationship building, URJ staff help members access the resources and services of the Union and its affiliates.<br />
  • 37. Congregational Benefits<br /><ul><li>Placement services for rabbis, cantors educators and executive directors;
  • 38. Pension/retirement services for congregational professionals;
  • 39. Professional, customized congregational websites (and support);
  • 40. Lay and professional peer networking though listservs, webinars, seminars and conferences.</li></li></ul><li>Congregational Consulting Group (CCG)<br />Providing expert advice and consultation on everything from nursery school curricula to membership strategies to facility management.<br />
  • 41. Congregational Consulting Group (CCG)<br />
  • 42. Youth and Teen Programming (NAC/NFTY)<br />North American youth group, camps and Israel experience programs:<br /><ul><li>750 Congregation Youth Groups served by 19 NFTY regions and more than 150 regional events in 2010;
  • 43. 13 camps serving over 8800 families in 2010;
  • 44. Multiple Israel experiences serving over 1300 teens and young adults in 2010.</li></li></ul><li>Training the next generation of clergy and communal professionals (HUC)<br />Training and sustaining rabbis, cantors, communal and educational professionals throughout their careers for service to Reform Judaism and klal Yisrael;<br />Creating and disseminating scholarly research and publication;<br />Preserving and providing access to library, archival and museum resources.<br />
  • 45. Religious Action Center (RAC)<br />The Religious Action Center:<br />The Reform Movement’s Washington office, <br />A resource for Reform Jews and others across North America on public policy<br />Consults on issues of social justice in the US and Canada<br />Brings the Reform Movement to Washington, D.C. and Washington, D.C. to the Reform Movement<br />Advocates for the positions of the URJ at the North American level <br />Gives congregations and individuals the tools and information that they need to be effective advocates<br />The Religious Action Center trains<br />High School students, college students and rabbis<br />Reform Jewish advocates at the Consultation on Conscience<br />
  • 46. URJ Events and Publications<br /><ul><li>URJ Biennial – over 5000 attendees
  • 47. URJ Books and Music – publishing and distributing educational and sacred works essential to every congregation and individual
  • 48. Reform Judaism magazine – Award-winning magazine of Jewish thought and issues distributed to all members of URJ congregations</li></li></ul><li>Association of Reform Zionists(US & Canada)<br />ARZA/ARZA Canadais the focus, the heart and the hand of the Zionist soul within the Reform Movement of North America; <br />ARZA/ARZA Canadais the Reform Israel Fund supporting the work of the Israel Movement for Progressive Judaism and the Israel Religious Action Center;<br />ARZA/ARZA Canadais building an inclusive, democratic Israeli society;<br />A strong ARZA/ARZA Canada building a strong Israel progressive movement, adds to the security of Israel. <br />
  • 49. How we do it<br />Each congregation is geographically <br />located in one of four URJ District<br />Councils. URJ lay leaders and their <br />staff partners serve the Reform <br />Movement and its member<br />congregations in a variety of <br />capacities through their work on the <br />North American Board of Trustees <br />and on District Councils.<br />Each District Council is led by:<br />a District Chair<br />a First Vice Chair<br />Multiple Portfolio-Specific Vice Chairs<br />a Secretary<br />and multiple District Council Members-at-Large<br />
  • 50. Why URJ?<br /><ul><li>Congregations are often unable to provide many of the services URJ offers;
  • 51. Many congregational leaders look to the collective wisdom and experience of theURJ network to help them strengthen programs, worship reform, curricula, etc.;
  • 52. Congregational leaders want advice before starting down a path they want to explore.</li></li></ul><li>What is Your Role?<br />URJ Bridge Builders and District Lay Leader Ambassadors provide a lay-to-lay contact for each congregation, allowing lay leadership to access the services of the URJ for the benefit of their congregation.<br />
  • 53. Thank You…<br />Your work connects the Union for Reform Judaism to congregations throughout North America. Together we strengthen Reform Jewish congregations and Reform Judaism. Every call, every contact is an opportunity to transform lives and repair the world. <br />Thank you for joining us in this sacred endeavor.<br />
  • 54. THE END<br />

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