April 2016 Newsletter

Dear Webmasters:

The Passover season is upon us. If you are looking for content for your sites, email or social media, please feel free to use the many resources on ReformJudaism.org, including:

As you gear up for a busy spring, I am happy to report that the intermittent issues that were impacting some sites have been resolved. There were some security issues that we discovered and repaired but it is a reminder that there are important steps to take to secure your sites:

  1. Please delete any unfamiliar user accounts. Limiting user access can help protect your sites.
  2. Change all administrator passwords on a regular basis as well as using upper and lowercase letters, numbers and special characters. (We will take care of the URJ admins, please don't change those.)

Some of you may have noticed a Joomla! update email regarding an update to Joomla! We recently updated all sites to 3.5, and this version has new features for updating and sending out messages. We are aware this update is available but first have to test it out and create our own install package. If you do get these emails, please ignore them.

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

Temple Beth-El, South Bend, IN
B'nai Jeshurun, Des Moines, IA
Temple Oheb Shalom, Baltimore, MD
Congregation Emanu-El, Spokane, WA
Temple Shalom, Lafayette, LA
Temple Beth-El, Jersey City, NJ
Congregation Tikkun v'Or, Ithaca, NY
Temple Adath Yeshurun, Manchester, NH
Temple Beth David, Commack, NY
Yuba Sutter Congregation Beth Shalom, Marysville, CA
Temple Beth El, Ormond Beach, FL
Temple B'nai Abraham, Elyria, OH

Kol Hakavod to the new sites!
Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212-452-6579 (Central Time)

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