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.
Investing in the Future of Our Kehillot
In a move hailed as an investment in the future, USCJ has announced it will sell its New York office space and put the proceeds toward its mission of reimagining Conservative Judaism and strengthening its congregations. Read a letter from Rabbi Steven Wernick and Margo Gold for more information.
Statement on Terrorist Attacks in France
We mourn all the innocent people who lost their lives in this week’s violence, and we pray for the comfort of their loved ones. We call on religious, political, and all other leaders to fight the kind of hateful ideology that spawns the atrocities we’ve just witnessed. There is no god, nor any political grievance, that justifies such brutality. We also call on government, legal, and security personnel around their world to do their utmost to preserve the safety of all their citizens.
Welcome, Madam President!
On January 1, Margo Gold officially became the 27th president of United Synagogue. A past president of two Atlanta-area kehillot, chair of USCJ's Centennial Celebration, and an alumna of Sulam for Presidents, Margo has been a member of USCJ's board since 2011. Learn more about Margo, and read her remarks from her installation, here.
Statement on Nation-State Legislation
Current versions of a new nationality bill now under discussion will erode, rather than strengthen, the democratic character of Israel. Strong and clear opposition by leading figures currently in office, including President Reuven Rivlin, raise important issues of the possible erosion of democratic freedoms resulting from this bill, the risk of eroding the rights of Arabs and other minorities and the risk of further eroding values of religious pluralism. read more...
Mazal Tov, Dr. Poscover!
USCJ is proud to announce the winner of the inaugural Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award, Dr. Jessica Poscover. Dr. Poscover, a member of Congregation Mishkan Tefila in Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts, has focused on welcoming younger people into the congregation. "I am humbled by this recognition," Dr. Poscover said of winning the Cardin Award. "Shoshana Cardin has moved mountains in her efforts to build Jewish community, and I am so proud to be associated with her name." Read more about the Cardin Award, and Dr. Poscover, here.
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.
Statement on Terror Attack in Jerusalem
We are outraged by and vehemently condemn the attack on civilians at prayer that occurred on November 18 in the Jerusalem neighborhood of Har Nof. Such pre-meditated murder has no justification – not political, not moral. It reflects only fanatical hatred and utter disrespect for human life. Our hearts go out to the families and friends of those who were so shockingly murdered, as well as to the entire kehilla, which suffered a shattering blow to its sense of security. read more...
Sulam Leadership Training
Over the last month, participants in the Action Communities of Sulam for Strategic Planners and Sulam for Current Leaders have come to USCJ's offices for day-long trainings, and through November and December, participants in Sulam for Emerging Leaders will have their trainings.
USCJ Statement on Ottawa Attack
In response to the October 22 terrorist attack in Ottawa, Rabbi Steven Wernick, CEO of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, issued this statement:
We stand with the Canadian people at this moment of shock and grief over the barbaric shootings in Ottawa, and our hearts go out to the family of the soldier who was gunned down in cold blood. As the representative of some 1.2 million Conservative Jews in North America, we have board members, colleagues, close friends, and loved ones who live all across Canada. We share their sense of outrage and violation at this brutal attack. Such terrorist actions have no place in our world, and we pray that civilized people everywhere will together find ways to stem the extremism and intolerance used to justify these abhorrent attacks on human life.
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.
5775 Art Engagement Calendar
USCJ's annual Art Engagement Calendar is a treasured addition to many homes. Order your copy of the commemorative 25th-anniversary edition by clicking here. Click the radio button that says "direct my gift to," and select Art Engagement Calendar from the drop-down menu.
Welcome, Rabbi Rabin!
As of September 2, Rabbi Joshua Rabin is USCJ's new Director of Kehilla Enrichment. He is one of the most innovative young leaders in Conservative Judaism and believes, as we do, that our dynamic approach to Jewish living is ideally suited to engaging and inspiring today's Jews. You can learn a lot about Rabbi Rabin's outlook by reading his cover story, "The Optimistic Movement," in the Fall 2014 issue of CJ:Voices magazine.
Family Engagement Network
The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism is proud to launch the Family Engagement Network, a coalition of synagogue professionals and lay leaders dedicated to advancing the work of engaging young families in Jewish life and community. Through the Family Engagement Network, congregations will join together to share best practices and learn from experts in the field of family engagement. read more...
Keeping track of the how-tos and when-tos of traditional services can be confusing; a luah beit knesset is an annual publication that lists those details. USCJ's luah for 5775 is shipping now. This year, the luah is available in three versions: a printed, spiral-bound book; an interactive web version; and an iOS version, optimized for iPhone and iPad.
This year has been full of activity and accomplishment for United Synagogue and our partner kehillot. Read Rabbi Steven Wernick's year-end report and hear about this year's many activities.
Are you looking for a scholar-in-residence for your kehilla? Click here to access a list of scholars available to USCJ kehillot.