January 2016 Newsletter

Dear Webmasters:

Happy New Year!

We are rapidly working on the development of the two new custom components discussed in last month's newsletter: the one for article sharing and the one for donations and RSVPs. We are hoping to have the article sharing extension ready in the next few weeks.

For those of you who took the time to share your opinion on the current form builder software and what you would like to see in the new extension, we thank you. This information will be valuable in the development of this new extension. I will update you as this software becomes available.

Just a reminder, please do not make any software updates on your site. This is critical as these updates can potentially break the site. For new versions of Joomla, we put together our own update package and test it. For new versions of components and extensions, we need to see if the updates are necessary and then test them. While updates are easier for us to do now with our new system in place, it's still pertinent for us to test them out before any updates are made.

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

Temple Beth El, Bloomfield Hills, MI
Har Sinai Temple, Pennington, NJ
Temple Shaari Emeth, Manalapan, NJ
Temple Tiferet Shalom, Malden, MA

Kol Hakavod to the new sites!

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212.452.6579 (Central Time)


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The URJ Provides Member Congregations With Print-Ready Ads on a Variety of Subject Matter
Many of our communications assets (print-ready ads, web banners, etc.) can be found on The Tent. 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.

The URJ Provides Many Holiday Resources
Update your website's holiday pages with the vast resources provided to you on ReformJudaism.org. Feel free to cross post articles and cite us as your source. Get your holiday pages updated just in time for the spring holidays.

The URJ Offers Free Trips to Israel
Share the gift of a free trip to Israel with URJ Kesher, the only Birthright Israel trip in association with Reform Judaism. Registration for the Summer 2016 trips opens on February 1st at 10:00am ET. Participants can pre-register now to claim priority trip selection status for the summer and winter seasons. We've included a variety of materials that are ready-to-use or easily customizable for you to use on your website, in email communication and on social media. Read more »

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