Kerry M. Olitzky. The executive director of Big Tent Judaism / Jewish Outreach Institute offers 10
congregational Public Space Judaism approaches/initiatives that have proven effective.
interview with Ronald Heifetz. The founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government, Harvard discusses the most effective approaches to generating and sustaining organizational change in the synagogue context, including the differences between technical and adaptive solutions, mistakes to watch out for, expectations regarding the pace of change, navigating diverse viewpoints, and more. Part of Focus: The Art of Change, Summer 2014.
interview with Ron Wolfson. Reflecting on 20 years on the frontlines of synagogue transformation; Wolfson explores the vital signs to a congregation’s health, how long it takes to change a congregation’s culture, pitfalls to avoid, and lessons from successful businesses. Part of Focus: The Art of Change, Summer 2014.
Dan Moskovitz. A congregational rabbi discusses initiatives to open up Judaism to the public in Whole Foods, ball fields, bookstores, beaches, homes, and more. Part of Focus: The Art of Change, Summer 2014.
Karyn Kedar. The senior rabbi reflects on the five core values underlying the revival of B’nai Jehoshua Beth Elohim in greater Chicago. Part of Focus: The Art of Change, Summer 2014.
interview with Dan Judson. Several Reform congregations are experimenting with a “free will” system whereby members pay what they wish. What can we learn from this radical rethinking of dues? Article explores the reasons congregations are introducing new dues systems, how congregations transitioned into the “free will” system, member and bottom-line benefits reported by a variety of different congregations, commonalities in congregations with successful “free will” systems, and other models of synagogue financing. Sidebar reports on the URJ’s Reimagining Financial Support Community of Practice and its Active Learning Network. Spring 2014.
Michael L. Feshbach. Making the case for and introducing new verbiage for the words “membership” and “dues” in the Reform Movement in order to build more connected and holy communities. Fall 2013.
Julie Schwartz. How Reform synagogues turned their Biennial experience into lasting change: re-energizing congregants, increasing membership, engaging youth, involving young families, reviving a caring community, and more. Summer 2013.
interview with Allison Fine. A temple president and co-author of The Networked Nonprofit discusses why synagogues need a new networked model, one of community rooted in conversation, to nourish the feeling of “matter-ness.” Summer 2013.
RJ magazine readers throughout North America discuss breaking down denominational barriers, re-envisioning our Movement’s name, standing for something timeless, and shaping the Reform future. Fall 2012 web exclusive.
interview with Rabbi Rick Jacobs. The Union for Reform Judaism’s new president reflects on his formative experiences, the lessons he has learned about personal and synagogue transformation, his vision for the future of the URJ and the Reform Movement, and his determination to surmount the monumental challenges on the road ahead. Summer 2012.
What Reform Judaism readers say about how to boost synagogue membership, ensure our economic vitality, and secure the Reform Jewish future in North America. Grassroots responses to the crucial congregational issues of our times. Covers such issues as accessibility and inclusion, being a caring community, finances, temple management, membership, transformation, and welcoming. Winter 2011.
Richard Jacobs. How we transformed Westchester Reform Temple. Summer 2000.
Rahel Musleah. Synagogues across the country are transforming themselves in order to become more welcoming and spiritually meaningful. Summer 2000.
Al Vorspan. The transformation of Hevreh in Great Barrington, Massachusetts. Summer 2000.
Lawrence Hoffman. Synagogues that have transformed themselves from communities of consumers to communities of seekers. Summer 2000.