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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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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
After spending time with more than 3,000 teens – as well as many youth professionals and other stakeholders – at the 2015 NFTY Convention and Youth Summit, I am more convinced than ever that everybody is a winner when it comes to youth engagement. I don’t mean that we all get little plastic trophies to […]
A congregation’s mission statement is often one of its founding documents, setting forth a vision for the congregation and serving as a guiding document as leaders manage the sacred. Yet a lot can happen in 15, 50, or even 100 years, and so congregational leaders may wish to periodically revisit the synagogue’s mission statement as […]
By Debbie Rabinovich, Andrew Keene, and Jeremy Cronig American Jews are extremely passionate about Israel. Regardless of sect, political affiliation, or region of the country, 16,000 people came to Washington, D.C., for the AIPAC Policy Conference for the sole purpose of advocating for Israel. The enormity of this event was a physical representation of the […]
by Emily Messinger Philosophers – Jewish and otherwise – have long shared their individual insights into the philosophy of education. For educators, such insights can teach us about our students, how we relate to them, the challenges we offer them, and the ways we shape them into the best they can be. From Martin Buber, […]