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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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
by Sharon Mann Congregations are always thinking of new ways to attract and interest younger members. While this is, of course, essential, it is perhaps just as important for congregations to consider what they are doing to engage and enrich older members who want to remain connected as they deal with circumstances that arise later […]
This is the time of year when many congregations prepare to welcome new rabbis and other senior staff members to the temple family. With this period of change comes many emotions – excitement, anxiety, curiosity, sadness at the departure of a long-time beloved rabbi or other staff member… In our work with the URJ’s Strengthening […]
Daryl Messinger of Palo Alto, CA, has been nominated to serve as the next Chair of the Board of Trustees of the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ). Messinger will become the first woman to hold the top lay leadership position in the URJ, which represents the largest and fastest growing constituency of Jews in North […]
On the bimah during his confirmation, twelfth grader Sean Cooper recounted his coming out experience: When I came out as a homosexual, I posted a picture to Facebook with my father, with the caption “….”. While some may have previously inferred my sexual orientation, that post was my first official public coming out. The next […]