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
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