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EVENTS

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KOL TEFILLA, a Soulful Shabbaton to Elevate Kehilla (Jewish community) Prayer-Life

April 17-19, 2018 at Temple Beth Am, Los Angeles, California

Click here for more information.

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RESOURCES

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APPLY NOW TO TWO NEW USCJ LEADERSHIP COHORTS

USCJ Family Engagement Network

This is a group of Jewish professionals and lay leaders dedicated to engaging young families in Jewish life. Through webinars, symposia and online communications, participants join together for a year to share best practices and learn from experts in the field of family engagement. Applications are now available here through December 15th. Contact Rabbi Cara Weinstein Rosenthal, USCJ’s family engagement specialist, at crosenthal@uscj.org or at (516) 670-6376 with questions.

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USCJ Ruderman Inclusion Action Community

Kehillot (Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) are invited to develop and implement comprehensive vision and action plans related to inclusion. Participation in this action community throughout the year will help your kehilla (Jewish community) consider every aspect of community—physical facilities, education programs, tefillah, social activities and the very attitudes of congregants and leaders—in order to create a comprehensive blueprint for change to fully allow people with disabilities and their families to participate comfortably and fully in congregational life. Applications are available here and are due on December 15th. Contact Jennifer Jennifer Gendel, USCJ’s inclusion specialist, at gendel@USCJ.org with questions.

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Taking The Leap: The Shabbat School Alternative Webinar

Thursday, December 7, 1:00 pm EST

Many congregations have begun to discuss whether learning on Shabbat instead of Sunday is a benefit.

Susan Wyner, former USCJ Director of Learning Enrichment, will facilitate a lively conversation on the advantages and challenges of running a Shabbat learning program. Join her and share your experiences and answer questions about readiness and getting started.  Register now.

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Submit a Photograph for Next Year’s USCJ Calendar

Please take a few moments to think about what an authentic and dynamic Judaism means to you and your kehilla and send your thoughts to us along with a photo of your synagogue, activity or symbol that relates to your message to be considered for USCJ’s 5778-5779 calendar.

Fifteen of the most compelling quotes superimposed on beautiful pictures of your synagogue will be chosen to appear in the calendar.

Please send your submissions to Rivka Friedlander at rfriedlander@uscj.org by Friday, December 29, 2017.

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DON’T FORGET IN-REACH

USCJ Senior Director of Kehilla Affiliations and Operations Barry Mael knows how important it is to enable your members to connect and care for others and provide them the skills to do so.

Read his full article, Don’t Forget In-Reach Part Two.

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CALLING ALL PROGRAM, ENGAGEMENT AND MEMBERSHIP PROFESSIONALS

USCJ is launching a network of program, engagement and membership professionals. This network will help professionals learn best practices, share successful programs and adult education opportunities and provide a support system beyond the walls of their kehilla (Jewish community).

We invite all program, engagement and membership professionals to meet at USCJ Convention on Sunday, December 3rd from 5:30 p.m.-7:00 p.m. during dinner to brainstorm the vision for this new network.

Join by sending an e-mail to Heather Blake at heather@etzchaim.net.

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USCJ’S RESPONSE TO RECENT EVENTS OF VIOLENCE

USCJ is committed to helping congregation provide a safe and secure environment for staff and members through our partnership with Secure Community Network (SCN).

SCN is a presenter at the upcoming USCJ Convention, and we encourage those with security concerns and questions to attend their session, Synagogue Community Security: Achieving the Balance, on Monday December 4th at 8:45 a.m. For those unable to attend, be sure to view the Building a Culture of Security webinar, which was conducted in April.

We also encourage all our kehillot (Jewish communities inside and outside the walls of a synagogue) to contact their local law enforcement agencies to conduct a threat assessment and for assistance in developing a security plan.

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LEADERSHIP RESOURCES FROM THE USCJ KEHILLA STRENGTHENING AND TRANSFORMATION DEPARTMENT

Below, you will find articles from a variety of sources about critical issues facing religious leaders today. We encourage you to read the articles and share the ones that challenge you with your kehilla (Jewish community) and all those interested in raising the bar for leadership in the Jewish community. Articles from websites that require a subscription are marked with an *.

  1. How My Bat Mitzvah Turned Me Off to Judaism: For too many Jewish children, the Bnai Mitzvah experience causes them to disconnect from Jewish life, and sometimes leave Jewish life completely. Read this post on the Forward’s website that shares one woman’s story of becoming disengaged from Judaism.
  2. Igniting Leadership for Power, Purpose and Impact: Leadership requires inspiration, and too many leaders lack the tools to manage the passion necessary to effectively guide their organizations. Here is an article from Non-Profit Quarterly about ensuring that leadership inspires whole organizations to make their mark on the world.
  3. 7 Reasons Why I Will Leave Your Synagogue Website in 7 Seconds: Synagogue websites give the first impression of your congregation, yet too many websites turn people off from synagogues just by looking at the website’s homepage. Read this article from JVillage about “worst practices” of synagogue websites.
  4. Stop Doubling Down On Your Failed Strategy:  Leaders must understand strategy and perhaps, more importantly, must understand when to stop pursuing strategies that are costly and ineffective. Here is an article in the Harvard Business Review about when to recognize that a strategy is not working.
  5. Turning Strategy Into Results: Organizations spend thousands of dollars on strategic planning, yet that money goes to waste when the strategy cannot be translated into quantifiable results. Read this article from MIT’s Sloan Management Review about ensuring that effort spent on strategy leads to tangible results.

As a reminder, these articles were chosen after reviewing the following publications. If you have any suggestions on publications you would like to see reviewed, please contact Rabbi Josh Rabin, director of innovation, at rabin@uscj.org. To subscribe to the Sulam Reader or Sulam Texts, click on this link.

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