Idea Generator- Visionary Awards Winners


We are pleased to announce the winning ideas and the runner up submissions to our Idea  Generator – Visionary Awards. These thoughtful entries exemplified creativity, dedication, and commitment to helping their synagogue communities thrive in our complex, multi-access environment focused on finding solutions in the categories of learning ideasprogramming ideas, and ritual ideas.

We hosted a series of three webinars, where representatives from these congregations shared their experiences and details of their ideas. These webinars will enable you to learn more about these innovative ideas and to hear from fellow leaders how they may be adapted for your congregation.

Learning Ideas: Hear about a collaboration between three synagogues that came together to create a dynamic new religious school experience. Learn how they developed shared goals, curriculum, and communications, as well as established both in-person and virtual learning programs.

Winning Idea: Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle, WA in collaboration with Mosaic Law Congregation, Sacramento, CA, and Congregation Neveh Shalom, Portland, OR

Runner Up: Temple Beth Sholom of the East Valley, Chandler, AZ

Runner Up: Tifereth Israel, Greenport, NY

 Watch their presentation HERE

Programming Ideas: Learn from a synagogue that partnered with local organizations to build community around the Shmita (sabbatical) year. Presenters will share the strategies they used to  engage volunteers, expand their reach, and implement meaningful programming around Shmita.

Winning Idea: Congregation Beth Shalom, Seattle, WA

Runner Up: Beth El, Birmingham, AL

Runner Up: Beth Torah Benny Rok Campus in collaboration with Beth El Synagogue, Ohmaha, NE, Beth Israel Congregation, Ann Arbor, MI, and Beth El Synagogue, Durham, NC

Watch their presentation HERE View Resources HERE

Ritual Ideas: The winning congregation will talk about their Music Prayer Lab, a collaborative, spiritually uplifting musical experience in nature. Learn how they worked with their clergy to plan and implement in-person and virtual music and prayer opportunities.

Winning Idea: Congregation Beth Am Israel, Penn Valley, PA

Runner Up: Congregation Beth El, Phoenix, AZ

Runner Up: Congregation B’nai Israel, St. Petersburg, FL

Watch the webinar HERE View Resources HERE

Yasher Koach to our award winners and thank you to all of the congregations that submitted ideas to the Idea Generator.



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