February 2018 Newsletter


Dear Webmasters:

Don't wait until the summer when your congregation is gearing up for the High Holidays – sign up now to start your congregation's migration to WordPress! The deadline to select a theme is April 28, and support for the Joomla sites will end in August.

RJ Web Builder developer Jared Shih and I are hosting two webinars in March. They'll be focused on specific topics, with time at the end for general questions. Save the dates:

Webinar: Themify Customize Panel
March 5, 3-4 p.m. EST
Learn how to customize your site fonts, colors, and other items that affect the look of your site. 

Webinar: Gravity Forms
March 26, 3-4 p.m. EST

Learn more about the form builder software you can use for accepting donations, making payments, and accepting registrations.

After registering (each webinar has its own registration link), you will receive a confirmation email with instructions for joining the meetings. If you can't make it, the recordings will be posted on the help site, where you can also view our last webinar.

Please help me congratulate the congregations who have gone live on RJ Web Builder 3.0:

Temple Beth Or, Everett, OH
Congregation B'nai Israel, Jackson, TN
Or Ami, Calabasas, CA
Temple Anshe Hesed, Erie, PA
Free Synagogue of Flushing, Flushing, NY
Congregation Or Chadash, Damascus, MD
Farmington Valley Jewish Congregation-Emek Shalom, Simsbury, CT
Temple Shir Shalom of Oviedo, Oviedo, FL
Moses Montefiore Congregation, Bloomington, IL
Beth Hamidbar, Yuma, AZ
B'nai Israel Reform Temple, Oakdale, NY
Temple Sinai, Sarasota, FL

Kol Hakavod to the new sites!

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212.452.6579 (Central Time)

Quick Tips

Embed an Iframe Into a Page or Post
Use this special shortcode when embedding something using an iframe (like a Youtube video) onto your site.

Add or Edit Social Icons
The Themify settings allow you to easily insert social media icons into your site's header or footer.

Edit an Image in the Media Library
WordPress makes it easy to edit an image that you've already uploaded to the Media Library.

Also... We've heard you! Several webmasters requested the option to bulk-select media items in order to categorize them. This feature is now available, and will hopefully come in handy for those of you who need to manage many media files.

Did You Know?

The URJ Offers Holiday Resources for Passover
Passover is March 30-April 6. If you’re still looking for some holiday ideas to share in your bulletin or on your website, check out ReformJudaism.org's Passover collection, which includes family activities and recipes. You can also use these pre-designed ads.

The Reform Movement Stands by Gun Violence Prevention
Led by some remarkable teens in Parkland, FL, the Reform Movement is joining the campaign for meaningful gun violence prevention. Please share this piece by NFTY president Zachary Herrmann with your congregation. It features information about the youth-led campaign and instructions for those who want to get involved.

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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