Welcome Program & Membership Directors
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Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism (PEP-RJ), formerly PDRJ, supports professionals in URJ synagogues who work in the areas of synagogue programing, membership, outreach and communications. In May 2014, the name was changed to reflect the philosophy that engagement is our primary role as synagogue professionals. As a member of PEP-RJ, you will receive professional development, a network of experienced peers, endless resources and so much more.
To find out more about Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism and how to be a part of our professional organization, please click here.
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The Organized Jewish Professional - by Elisa Heisman
Beyond Basic Judaism: Creating An Innovative Network of Adult Learners, by Bonnie Graff
Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism
Welcome to the home of the Program and Engagement Professionals of Reform Judaism. Our mission is to form a professional association for those whose primary focus is program development and membership engagement within the Union for Reform Judaism synagogues. This site provides resources for synagogues contemplating the addition of a Program or Membership Director to their staff, for existing Program and Membership Directors in Reform synagogues, and for individuals thinking about becoming Program Directors.
PEP-RJ Immediate Past President/Program Director
Temple Emanu-El, Dallas Texas
Today, the Union for Reform Judaism announced that Chuck Todd, moderator of NBC’s Meet the Press and NBC News political director, will host leading 2016 presidential candidates in a forum in Orlando, FL, at the URJ Biennial 2015. Todd will interview each candidate one-on-one and will cover a wide range of topics, including both domestic […]
In just a few days, we will conclude this year’s counting of the Omer with the celebration of Shavuot, the first of our tradition’s three annual pilgrimage festivals, and the one that has come to be associated with the giving of Torah atop Mt.Sinai, as well as with confirmation and post b’nai mitzvah study. The […]
In his original publication, Ben Singer shared his secret for getting young people to join the synagogue. Six months later, we ask: how have your ideas about youth engagement transformed your own career?
We check in with the Community Synagogue in Port Washington, NY, which, after a recent congregational trip to Israel, shares successful strategies for building intergenerational relationships and reimagining the “standard” congregational trip.