September 2015 Newsletter

RJ WebBuilder 2.0 Newsletter


Dear Webmasters:

Happy New Year!

As you well know, the summer has been a very busy time for the RJ Web Builder platform. I am pleased to announce the website upgrades have been completed. Now we will be able to better take care of your sites and keep them up to date. As many of you have noticed and reported, the PHP is extremely dated. We were not able to update this until all sites on our servers were upgraded. We can now take care of this. This is an important update that will help with security issues.

One of the more recent delays was due to the "template sanitizing" process I reported in June's newsletter. As a quick reminder, this was the process of removing unwanted and unauthorized files from the sites. Unfortunately, we faced unforeseen challenges. All modules have now been restored. If you do notice any missing content, please let me know.

I am also pleased to present to you our new custom, mobile-friendly templates. I know many of you are excited and anxious to preview these, so please take a look. While the frontends do look completely different, they still run using Joomla, therefore the backends are the same.

If you are interested in one of these templates, please let me know. We will work with you to install these new templates and ensure a smooth transition. Once we have an idea of how many of you want a new template, we'll have a better time frame.

If you haven't done so already, I encourage each of you to establish your account on our new help site. This can be done 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. Submitting a support ticket will not only help us keep your requests organized, but during off hours and holidays, we will be able to provide you with faster and more efficient support. Please take advantage of our ticketing system.

Finally, Biennial 2015 is less than two months away, and I will be there. If you are going to be in attendance, I would certainly like the chance to meet you. I will have office hours for current RJ Web Builder congregations, as well as time to meet with congregations interested in our platform. I will have details as we get closer.

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

Beth Hillel, Kenosha, WI
Temple Beth Or, Montgomery, AL
Temple Beth Shalom, Vero Beach, FL
Temple Beth El Israel, Port Saint Lucie, FL
The Reform Temple of Rockland, Upper Nyack, NY
Beth El Congregation, Winchester, VA
Brattleboro Area Jewish Community Cong. Shir Heharim, Brattleboro, VT
Congregation Agudas Achim, Livingston Manor, NY
Temple Emanu-El, Westfield, NJ

Kol Hakavod to the new sites!

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212.452.6579 (Central Time)

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Did You Know?

The URJ Offers Many High Holiday Resources
The URJ has resources to help you publicize your holiday programs and materials from to share with your congregants for enriching personal observances. Find print ads and web/social media/email banners for your upcoming mailings and communications about the High Holidays.

URJ Biennial 2015 Is Just Around the Corner
Registration is now open for the November 4-8 gathering in Orlando, FL. Find out everything you need to know at the official Biennial 2015 website. Use the Biennial Toolkit to publicize the Biennial in your congregational bulletin, website or social media. Send special Biennial ecards to congregants to invite them to Biennial.

Do you have beautiful photos that demonstrate the vibrancy of your community? Then enter the Biennial 2015 Photo Contest for a chance to win a new digital camera for your congregation and be featured at the Biennial!  Enter today »

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