January 2020 Newsletter


Dear Webmasters:

It was very nice getting the chance to see and speak to some of you last month of Biennial. If you were able to attend, we hope you found your experience to be informative, inspiring and uplifting. Whether you attended in person or watched the livestream at home, you can re(read) some of the Biennial addresses or re(watch) some of the plenary sessions.

Announced at Biennial, the URJ will soon be offering a new platform. Launching this year, the Reform Movement Marketplace will connect URJ affiliated congregations to vendors, products and services with ease and convenience which can save your congregation money. Get more information and let us know what types of vendors you want to see in the new Reform Movement Marketplace.

In January and February please plan to prominently feature a flyer and information about the crucial importance of every Reform Jew to vote in the World Zionist Congress Elections in your bulletins.

  • Ready-made materials can be found in the Congregational Toolkit in the Tent.

  • The Congregational Captains group in the Tent will post the voting website and other information as it becomes available.

  • General text for your communications:

    “It's time! Voting in the World Zionist Congress Elections begins January 21, and your vote is critical to maintaining a large Reform presence in Israel and the United States! Your vote is the only democratic opportunity you have to influence Israeli society as we continue our efforts towards equality, pluralism and tolerance. Voting takes place online from January 21, 2020 to March 11, 2020 and will take less than 90 seconds to participate. If you're 18+ and identify as Jewish, we hope we can count on you to vote Reform.”

Please help me congratulate the congregation who has gone live recently on RJ Web Builder 3.0 (a full list is always available on the help site):

Congregation Emanuel Israel, Greenburg, PA

Joel Emerman
Congregational Websites Manager
212.452.6579 (Central Time)

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Staying in Touch

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