Welcome Program & Membership Directors
Program Directors of Reform Judaism (PDRJ) supports professionals in URJ synagogues who work in the areas of synagogue programing,
membership, outreach and communications. As a member, you will receive professional development, a network of experienced peers, endless resources and so much more.
To find out more about Program Directors of Reform Judaism and how to be a part of our professional organization, please click here.
PDRJ ANNUAL CONFERENCE 2014
Save the Date: December 7-10, 2014
Congregation Beth Or, Maple Glen, PA
45 minutes from Philadelphia
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 Directors of Reform Judaism
Welcome to the home of the Program Directors 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.
PDRJ Immediate Past President/Program Director
Temple Emanu-El, Dallas Texas
by Cantor Ellen Dreskin I remember the first time I met Debbie Friedman. In the fall of 1974, I was a college freshman. Rabbi Sam Karff from Congregation Beth Israel in Houston (my home) let me know that Debbie would be spending a Shabbat at Beth Israel, presenting her new Hanukkah service, “Not by Might, […]
For the past 18 months, the URJ supported three “Communities of Practice,” cohorts of congregations that came together to learn, discuss, and experiment in a specific field. Members from participating congregations have been asked to reflect about their process. by Dr. Paula Sayag As an early childhood consultant with Washington, D.C.’s central Jewish education agency, […]
by Jack Wertheimer With the new school year nearly upon us, Jewish educational leaders are scrambling to prepare their teachers to discuss this summer’s Gaza War. The most pressing challenge is to design age-appropriate conversations: At which grade level might classroom discussions include potentially frightening topics, such as the wounding of non-combatants, kidnapping of young […]
With the High Holidays approaching, congregations are considering new ways to effectively connect to more youth at this vital time in the Jewish calendar. If your synagogue is among those looking at new approaches this year, consider the following variables: Make sure the program content is varied. Teens need spirituality, but are also drawn to […]