When you hear the word synagogue, what do you think? A place to come for inspiration. A place for family. A place to act on your values. A nurturing community. More than anything, synagogues are the hubs of Jewish life, adapting to our rapidly changing world. And sometimes, change requires help.
We encourage you to meet with your regional manager to personalize an action plan that addresses your synagogue’s needs.
UJA and the Center for Modern Jewish Studies at Brandeis University designed the Thriving Synagogue Learning Tool to help your synagogue leadership make informed, strategic decisions for the future. Is this right for your synagogue? Learn more or contact Rebecca Missel, or 212.836.1165.
Are you a rabbi in the middle of your career? Then this is for you.
To thrive, synagogues need visionaries to lead them. Visionary rabbis have voices deeply rooted in Jewish wisdom, values, and learning. They lead authentically, and know how to navigate and manage the complex synagogue landscape. These leaders have a deep and engaged peer network, and a real connection to Jewish communal life in their area.
UJA knows how important this is, so we created the New York Rabbinic Fellowship for Visionary Leaders for rabbis like you.
Unleash your creativity and boldness. Take the time and space to revisit your dreams and deepen your vision. Hone the skills that will turn your vision into action. Connect with colleagues from other local synagogues. And learn how to bring your refreshed perspective back to your congregation.
Chosen fellows will become part of a group of 10 – 15 mid-career rabbis (at least seven years post-ordination) from New York congregations to refine, articulate, and amplify their ideas through an 18-month cycle of reflection, visioning, and learning.
Did you know that UJA administers a charitable gift annuity program (CGA) on behalf of many synagogues? It’s a great way to make charitable contributions to a synagogue you care about while receiving financial benefits for yourself. Interested? Contact the Planned Giving & Endowments Department at or 212.836.1247.
Each of us matters. Each of us wants to belong. At the core of a thriving congregation is a commitment to ensuring that every individual is valued and has a place in the community. The Synagogue Inclusion Project is a grant funded initiative designed to support synagogues in creating communities where people of all abilities are valued, included and can fully participate in congregational life.
Tools for Self-Assessment are designed to help your synagogue identify areas of strength and provide ideas for new areas of growth as you work to become more inclusive of people with disabilities.