April 2015 Newsletter

RJ WebBuilder 2.0 Newsletter


Dear Webmasters:

I am excited to share with you news about the next stage of our upgrade plans for the RJ Web Builder platform. As of today, the new help site is up and running. This site features:

  • Mobile responsive design, so you'll be able to get support from any device
  • New information and tutorials specific to Joomla! 3.x
  • A new ticketing system integrated with user accounts as well as the community forum
  • Tickets can be updated via email, so you won't have to log into the help site to reply

In order to use the new ticketing system, you will need to establish your account with the same email address at which you received this message. Each recipient of this email has an account already set up in their name and congregation. Please visit the login page, click on "forgot my password," and set up your own password.

If for some reason your email address is not registered, then your congregation's file may not be updated. Please email me at web@urj.org, and I will get an account set up for you. All user accounts will be linked to your congregation, and each congregation can have multiple users signed up.

I encourage you to review the help site tutorials and videos, particularly the page about Joomla! 3, which outlines the differences in the administrative experience between Joomla! versions 2.5 and 3.x.

Now that the help site has been launched, we will proceed with upgrading all sites to Joomla! 3.4. We have successfully upgraded a few sites thus far, and we are thrilled that this has fixed many lingering issues. We are right on schedule as all sites will be updated by the end of April. We will notify you a day in advance to when your site will be upgraded (do not make any changes to your site once you have been notified and until we confirm that your site has been upgraded).

Please help me congratulate those congregations who have gone live recently.

Temple Beth David, Snellville, GA
Temple Solel, Bowie, MD

Kol Hakavod to the new sites!

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212-452-6579 (Central Time)

Did You Know?

Vote today at Reform Jews 4 IsraelDon't Forget to Vote in the World Zionist Congress Elections
A vote for ARZA is a vote to promote the egalitarian, pluralistic vision of Reform Judaism in Israel. You can help spread the word and get your congregants to vote. Use these resources to promote the election on your website and social media. Voting runs from now until April 30 and can be done online at ReformJews4Israel.org.

The Tent
Many of our communications assets (print-ready ads, web banners, etc.) for congregations have moved to the new Reform Movement collaborative platform, The Tent, where you can find resources, seek information, and share advice with peers from Reform congregations across North America. There you can find print ads and web/social media/email banners for your holiday emails, websites, social media and printed communications.

Count the Omer on Your Website
The period between Passover and Shavuot is called the "Counting of the Omer." Omer means "barley sheaf" and refers to the offering brought to the Temple on the second day of Passover. (Why we count the Omer.) Make sure your congregants can count the Omer by creating a custom HTML module and embedding this code onto your site.

Staying in Touch

We are challenged in reaching current webmasters due to high turnover and changes in email addresses. If you are receiving this email, you are the person who was reported to the URJ to be handling your congregation's website. If there are additional people who need to be on this list or if you need to get off this list, please send corrected information to datamgmt@urj.org.

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