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.
Magnifying the Connectivity Lens: A Practical Application to Building Caring Communities by Laura Intfen
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
Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ), sent a letter to President Obama about the upcoming commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the Armenian Genocide, invoking the timeless words “Never forget. Never again.” The full text of the letter follows. President Barack Obama The White House 1600 Pennsylvania Ave. NW Washington, […]
by Amy Asin and Rabbi Esther L. Lederman On May 5th, the URJ will launch applications for a new set of Communities of Practice (CoPs). Topics will include: Building a Brand: Excellence in Reform Movement Early Childhood Engagement Creating Connected Communities for Families with Young Children (for congregations without Early Childhood Centers) Strengthening Israel Engagement […]
“The Scheidt Seminar for Congregational Presidents and President-Elects seminar was one of the most meaningful professional development experiences of my entire career….Not only was this an inspiring leadership development experience, but it was a meaningful Jewish experience as well. By praying and studying together, my fellow presidents and presidents-elect formed a connection that links us […]
Membership specialists and committee chairs will tell you the three tenets of congregational membership are recruitment, integration/engagement, and retention. In all three areas, one key to success is making people feel like your congregation is a place for them – in other words, being welcoming. What, specifically, can you and your fellow leaders do to […]