Kehilla Risk Management Webinar
USCJ-Keshet Leadership Project
Apply by June 8 to be one of the fifteen kehillot at the forefront of LGBT inclusion who will be part of the USCJ-Keshet Leadership Project, a year-long cohort starting at the USCJ Convention this November. Learn more here.
On Thursday, May 28, at 1 PM EDT, join us to learn from a Philadelphia Insurance risk management specialist. Register for the webinar online.
Keep the Memory Alive
USCJ is proud to announce the launch of Blessed Memory, an interactive virtual yahrzeit board.
Rabbi Wernick in Canadian Jewish News
"Rather than asking “How can I get more members in,” I think the core question synagogues have to ask is “How can I get more meaning out?”The change today is if you only worry about membership, you’re not going to get the money or the members. You have to worry about meaning and about how you can understand people’s self-interest, their values, their stories, and organize around what those interests are through a Jewish lens. If you do that, then you build a financial model around it, which is the reverse of what tends to happen today." read more...
Rabbi Wernick on Canceled B'nai Mitzvah in Israel
"To be a committed Conservative or Masorti Jew in Israel is to be subjected to a series of assaults against your religious freedom, some physical — as evidenced by last month’s shocking attack at the Kotel by haredi men where a dear friend had his chest and head pounded — others to human dignity, as in this past week’s case. I cannot help loving Israel but lately, it seems that Israel simply does not love me back." read more...
Making Change With USY
Matthew Fieldman, an advertising agency CEO who’s won several awards and honors for his work as a social entrepreneur has been named the 2015 “USY Danny Siegel Changemaker-in-Residence” by United Synagogue Youth. Over the course of the year Fieldman will serve as a teacher, mentor, and role model for Jewish teens, inspiring them to make a commitment to social action and social justice. read more...
Up and Coming Leadership
From March 19-22 and April 30-May 3, new and incoming synagogue presidents came together in Maryland and in Illinois to participate in Sulam for Presidents, USCJ's flagship leadership training program. View more pictures at our Flickr page or the Sulam Facebook page.
Office Sale Information
We are delighted to report that after a certified count of all ballots, our affiliated kehillot have voted overwhelmingly to approve the sale of United Synagogue’s New York office. A total of 91.8 percent of the 258 kehillot voted yes on the sale, with more than 40 percent of congregations voting. This turnout was far greater than the New York State Attorney General’s requirement and well beyond the two-thirds approval threshold required to allow the sale to go forward. read more...
Statement on Israeli Election Outcome
After the extreme divisiveness of the current Israeli campaign for Prime Minister, the task that lies ahead for the Jewish People is to create unity in the absence of unanimity. Whether we are happy with the election results or not, what just transpired is democracy in action. Our love and support for Israel transcends political affiliation or religious denomination." read more...
Spring 2015 Issue of CJ: Voices of Conservative/Masorti Judaism
Click here to read the latest issue of CJ: Voices of Conservative / Masorti Judaism.
Ruderman Inclusion Action Community Launches
After months of preparation, at the beginning of March 40 people from 16 kehillot came to New York City for the group’s first meeting, held at Park Avenue Synagogue. Read more about the Ruderman Inclusion Action Community here.
Upcoming Finance Webinars
More webinars have been scheduled in our Sacred Communities and Financial Sustainability series. Learn more, and register, here.
Plan For Your Kehilla's Future - Strategically
Applications are now being accepted for the 2015-2016 cohort of Sulam for Strategic Planners. Stop looking at the next 35 days and start designing outcomes for the next 3-5 years.
Proclaim the Sanctity of Our Sacred Spaces
In the aftermath of the attack on Jews at prayer in Jerusalem, we call on people of faith and conscience everywhere to houses of worship to affirm our unity. Join our Facebook group, Ma Tovu: A Prayer for Sanctuary, and share pictures or video taken in your own sacred spaces.
Survey: Conservative Kehillot Welcoming to LGBTQ Members
How does your synagogue welcome and include LGBTQ Jews? Our recent survey reveals that most Conservative congregations have become more comfortable spiritual homes for Jews regardless of sexual orientation. Get an overview of the results here, and read the full report - including suggestions for action - here.