Based on several years of developing and monitoring these programs, this
guide from the Department of Jewish Family Concerns of the Union for
Reform Judaism, will help your synagogue begin a Caring Community
program and transform itself into a spiritual communal family.
Synagogues of every shape and size can benefit from the ideas, programs, and tools in the newly revised edition of The Life Cycle of Synagogue Membership. This is only available as a digital (PDF) download.
In this book, early childhood expert Andrea King tracks the development of two composite families through the life-cycle process and compares how well they manage the challenges that arise at each stage.
In many Reform congregations, one of the most crucial roles is greeting and responding to callers, both Jews and non-Jews, both members and strangers. This responsibility usually falls onto the administrative and support staff. The receptionist, administrative assistant, rabbi’s secret...
You're in love and planning a wedding, but how can you, as a couple, ensure that your marriage will survive harrowing statistics on divorce? For starters, try the highly successful and enlightening seven-week Commitment workshop from the Union for Reform Judaism Department of Jewish Family Concer...
Synagogue Boards: A Sacred Trust is a practical roadmap on how to be a successful synagogue board member and how synagogues can create successful boards. Author Daniel S. Schechter uses his experience as a synagogue trustee and president to full advantage in detailing his concept of what c...
If Jewish education is to be our source of continuity, Jewish living must be combined with Jewish learning. This collection of articles and ideas is geared to help rabbis, educators, and lay leaders transform the congregation into a thriving growing community. Based on the Experiment in Congregat...
More than the centerpiece of Purim celebrations, Esther is unique in the biblical canon, and raises as many questions as it reveals answers. It is a rich source for text study, at Purim and throughout the year.
Gift of Prayer, A: The Spirituality of Jewish Women
What are the prayers that women pray, the meditations of their hearts? Women of Reform Judaism, The Federation of Temple Sisterhoods, has collected the writings of its members and of women rabbis to create this gift book of personal prayers, poetry, reflections and meditations for every occasion in a woman"s life. A Gift of Prayer speaks to women of all faiths, celebrating life"s joys and offering the comfort needed to endure the struggles and crises we all face.
In A Gift of Prayer, women share their hopes and doubts with us-and with God. They grope for understanding, rejoice at the birth of a grandchild, remember seeing a loved one for the last time, or say a blessing upon seeing a rainbow. Their writings are accompanied by the work of Jewish artists on the theme of prayer-prayer inspired by nature, by ritual or by awe of the Divine. The result is a gift of words and art for every woman.
Thirty-eight prayers, poems and meditations
Accompanied by the artwork of many gifted contemporary artists
Gender Gap, The: A Congregational Guide for Beginning the Conversation about Men's Involvement in Synagogue Life
Studies report decreased involvement in Jewish communal life on the part of both men and boys. Anecdotal information backs up this trend. There are often more women than men at services, more girls than boys in youth groups, and more women than men on the synagogue boards. What is behind these numbers and why? This book presents ideas, reflective essays, and program ideas meant to start the conversation in the synagogue about this phenomenon. There are no definite answers here, rather a choice to test some ideas and begin a dialogue.