March 2017 Newsletter

Dear Webmasters:

I am pleased to announce that the URJ is now offering a brand-new holiday resource kit for Passover! This kit will help you share relevant and engaging URJ Passover content with your members, and it can be easily embedded into an article. Check it out, and request your kit now. Just let me know where on your site you'd like it, and I'll take care of the rest.

Additionally, Passover print and digital bulletin ads are now available for download. Use these pre-designed ads for your congregation's newsletter or bulletin (print or email) and on your website or Facebook page. You can find these files, and more, in The Tent.

It's not too late to promote your congregation's community seder on Throughout the next two months, we'll be promoting a link to events that are open to local communities. Add your seder now.

We're currently striving to make the RJ Web Builder platform more user-friendly by making some changes to the help site home page. Please fill out this survey to help us better understand your experience with the RJ Web Builder platform. It will only take a few minutes, and your feedback is greatly appreciated.

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212.452.6579 (Central Time)

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Applications for the 2017 Belin Awards are Now Open
Get recognition – and a $1,000 prize – for your congregation's efforts in practicing Audacious Hospitality. Review the FAQs for more information about the Belin Awards, and read our 6 Guiding Principles to get a better understanding of Audacious Hospitality and how applications will be reviewed. Applications are open through Monday, April 3rd. Apply now!

Save the Date: The URJ Biennial is Nine Months Away
This year's Biennial will be in Boston, December 6-10. Learn about delegations, lodging, and more on the new Biennial 2017 website.

18 Facebook Posts Your Congregation Should Try
Many congregations struggle with engagement on Facebook. What kind of posts will garner responses from members and potential members? How can we get past Facebook’s tendency to throttle organic post exposure? Here are 18 ways your synagogue can experiment with Facebook this year. Give ‘em a try and tell us what works best! 

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