A wealth of books, music, and on-line articles are now available to help families through the flurry of getting ready for the High Holy Days season.
I had the honor to learn with teen leaders from two of our NFTY regions. I asked them to share with me their truths – the things they have learned about themselves and the world, that are central to the way they live. Truths can be found in questions like: What do you stand for? What do you value? What are your boundaries? Who are you aspiring to become?
Three Reform congregations received URJ Belin Awards or honorable mentions for the ways they’re “meeting people where they are” – creatively adapting their engagement strategies in response to local community needs, thereby enabling their congregations to successfully meet and engage people where they live and work.
In Jewish tradition, the theme of partnership is one that arises again and again: Adam seeks an appropriate partner from among God’s creations; Moses and Aaron are two brothers whose strengths and leadership skills complement each other; King Saul and King David both depend on Samuel the prophet
This is the paradox of youth professionals everywhere: We want to help our teens de-stress from their very busy lives by participating in enriching and restoring activities at their synagogue. How do we get them here without making their lives busier or adding more to their already over-programmed schedules? Is that even possible?
The fifth class of Reform Outreach Fellows recently completed a five-day training program, the first step in a yearlong program to certify Outreach Fellows to help rabbis meet the growing demand from non-Jews interested in converting.