Mary Ann Sternberg. Sick with bronchitis, the author decided to stream Rosh Hashanah services at three different congregations, including KK Bene Israel / Rockdale Temple in Cincinnati and Central Synagogue in NYC. She describes her experiences and offers streaming tips for temples. Summer 2013.
An RJ-ARZA collaboration. A guide to all 40 IMPJ congregations, with worship and contact information and a color-coded Visitor’s Map of every community. Part of RJ Insider’s Guide to Israel Travel. Summer 2013.
Josh Nelson. “We want prayer experiences in and of the moment—ones without an alternative agenda or expectation of our doing or giving.” Part of Cover Story: Forum for the Future, in which six 20s and 30s say what they need to find their home in the Jewish community. Winter 2012.
Sarah Lefton. “As parents of a 3-year-old, there isn’t a place where my husband and I can learn in a serious way at the same time.” Part of Cover Story: Forum for the Future, in which six 20s and 30s say what they need to find their home in the Jewish community. Winter 2012.
Ryan E. Smith. Congregations’ innovative approaches to strengthening member involvement on the Day of Rest. Summer 2012.
Elliot Strom (yes) and Arnold Gluck (no). Two congregational rabbis debate this issue. Spring 2012.
No byline. How a labyrinth that began as an Eagle Scout project has become an integral part of the spiritual life of Congregation Kol Ami in Flower Mound, Texas. Spring 2012.
The exponential growth of a pluralistic minyan primarily serving 20s and 30s in Astoria, New York which was created by two HUC-JIR rabbinical students—and what congregations can learn from their initiative.
Melanie Goldish. The story of how Debbie Friedman supported the author's young son Travis, who was being treated for cancer, and Travis' brother too. Part of Tribute: Music Legend Debbie Friedman. Spring 2011.
Don Levey: Yes / Rich Blumenthal: No. Debate between two Reform congregants. Spring 2011.
Alane S. Katzew. Debbie Friedman's four masterful skills that allowed her to transform a group of strangers into a sacred community. Part of Tribute: Music Legend Debbie Friedman. Spring 2011.
Daniel Freelander. Reflections on Debbie Friedman's influence in the Reform Movement. Part of Tribute: Music Legend Debbie Friedman. Spring 2011.
Debby Waldman. How Reform congregations turned national and local grants into innovative temple programming; includes grant resources. Summer 2010.
A bar mitzvah project that blossomed into a global environmental project called KidEarth, which joins youngsters from around the world through song. Winter 2009.
At Congregation Beth Or in Maple Glen, PA, congregants may reserve the Torah for one week-ark and all-which includes an evening of home Torah study on that week's portion led by the clergy. Part of "What Works: Ideas & Initiatives" column. Fall 2009.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer. Evening programs of dancing and singing to Chasidic-style gospel sounds with lyrics and prayers projected on a large screen; Jewish indie movies; yoga; "Kids' Club"; intergenerational dinners; crafts; puppetry/storytelling service; and more innovative ways to celebrate Shabbat. Winter 2008.
Gabrielle Kaplan-Mayer. A growing number of Reform congregants worship to the sounds of their temple's band - allowing them to experience the full range of tradition and discover the worship styles they prefer. Fall 2007. PDF
An exploration of the music of Kol Nidre in different communities and times. Fall 2007.
Cantor Andrew Bernard. This discussion/study guide to "Sounds of Kaddish" features new musical ideas, questions for discussion, and more. Spring 2007.
A musical journey through Kaddish, from Leonard Bernstein's and Maurice Ravel's contemporary compositions to the melodies that have become essential to Jewish worship. Part of Focus: Exploring Kaddish. Spring 2007.
Eric Yoffie. The URJ president reflects on decorum in the sanctuary. Fall 2005
Jeffrey K. Salkin. Advocating for a quiet policy during Shabbat services. Winter 2003.
Beth Gilbert. Music and meditation are transforming Shabbat services in Detroit, Denver, Dallas, and beyond. Winter 2002.
Hank Bordowitz. Debbie Friedman's user-friendly liturgical compositions are sung in Reform congregations across North America, and her Mi Sheberach has helped countless individuals derive strength from singing in solidarity. What are the sources of her inspiration? Summer 2002. PDF
Rabbi Janet R. Marder. What we can learn from four congregations that enjoy powerful, Jewishly authentic, and fulfilling worship services. Spring 1997.