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Communities of Practice

Communities of Practice (CoP) convene cohorts of congregational leaders for long-term, innovative learning about a topic of shared interest. Participants learn from experts, including opportunities to ask big questions, and share ideas and best principles. The curriculum includes face-to-face and virtual gatherings, e-learning, and coaching from URJ staff.

Using lessons learned, participants design and implement experiments for their own congregations through which they learn to take risks, benefit from successes and challenges, and evaluate and share their results. The experiments’ outcomes are intended serve as a catalyst to help congregations transform into welcoming communities of meaning and purpose, as well as expand the knowledge base of the field and the Reform Movement.

Current Opportunities

Applications for a new cycle of Communities of Practice are now open through May 9th, for the following cohorts:

  1. Engaging Baby Boomers Community of Practice
  2. Creating a Culture of Constructive Conflict Community of Practice
  3. Reimagining Congregational Education Community of Practice
  4. Moving Justice to the Center of Your Congregation Community of Practice

These cohorts will launch in fall-winter 2016-17.

For more information, contact Rabbi Esther Lederman at (212) 452-6577 or ELederman@urj.org


Findings from the Communities of Practice

Reimagining Financial Support for your 21st Century Congregation
A report from the 2013-2015 Community of Practice

Engaging Families with Young Children
Findings from two 2013-2015 Communities of Practice. 

Strengthening Congregations Symposium: 
A Supplement and Discussion Guide

Engaging Young Adults: Paving the Road to Meaningful Young Adult Engagement
Findings from the 2013-14 Community of Practice and interactive workbook.

Engaging Baby Boomers

Bringing together congregations that see their adult population as a valuable and sacred resource to their community.

Reimagining Congregational Education

Exploring alternative and innovative approaches to congregational learning for grades K-7.

Moving Justice to the Center of Your Congregation

Embed social justice into the culture of your congregation and increase your social justice impact. 

Creating a Culture of Constructive Conflict

Elevate the level of discourse when difficult conversations arise in your congregation.

Building a Brand with your Early Childhood Center

Building a Brand: Excellence in Reform Movement Early Childhood Engagement

Creating Connected Communities

This community of practice is bringing together congregations without early childhood centers.

Engaging Congregants

Engaging Congregants: Small Groups with Meaning

Reimagining Financial Support

Finding the Sacred in the Mundane: Reimagining Financial Support

Becoming a Community of Action

Pursuing Justice: Becoming a Community of Action (with the Religious Action Center)

The B'nai Mitzvah Revolution

The B'nai Mitzvah Revolution: Innovators Lab

Chicago Early Engagement Leadership Initiative

A pilot program focused on early childhood centers in the Chicago Jewish community

Concluded Communities of Practice

Learn about the Communities of Practice that have now concluded.