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Connected Congregations Event: From Dues and Membership to Sustaining Communities of Purpose

We would like to share this free upcoming event. Cyd Weissman, The Director of Innovation in Congregational Education at The Jewish Education Project, along with other visionary leaders will be a panel speaker! 
The UJA-Federation of New York Himan Brown Charitable Trust Symposium Series

Connected Congregations:
From Dues and Membership to Sustaining Communities of Purpose

Wednesday, May 29, 2013
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

UJA-Federation of New York
130 East 59th Street
New York City


Register online.
Space is limited.

A connected congregation is one that deeply understands the meaning of community, and works explicitly to build a strong, meaningful, and engaged Jewish community. It prioritizes relationships and shared values, and aligns all aspects of institutional management in service of the community. 
— Lisa Colton, founder of Darim Online

As our Jewish community advances and changes in response to the ever-evolving needs of its participants, we look to our synagogues for inspiration, connection, and shared purpose. Our congregations, however, are facing an important moment of self-determination and the need to align their purpose to the sacred as well as the strategic and sustainable. On May 29th, SYNERGY: UJA-Federation and Synagogues Together invites you and the leadership of your congregation or organization to take part in a groundbreaking conference. Join us as we:


Engage with visionary leaders to interpret current trends impacting synagogues:

  • Cyd Weissman, Director, Innovation in Congregational Education, The Jewish Education Project
    Lisa Colton, Founder and Director of Darim Online
    Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Senior Fellow at Clal: The National Jewish Center for Learning and Leadership and author of Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future
  • Reveal new research findings about the alignment of synagogue models and congregational purpose:
    Beth Cousens
    , Independent Researcher, Imagine: Jewish Education Consulting
  • Connect with New York synagogue and organizational leaders to consider the possibilities for sustaining our sacred communities

If you are unable to come in person and are interested in participating through live stream, contact synergy@ujafedny.org and indicate your name, organization, position, and e-mail in order to receive a link to log in on the day of the conference. Feel free to forward along this conference information to others in your community who may be interested.

For more information or to request an assisted-listening device, contact Neely Grobani at synergy@ujafedny.org or 1.212.836.1202.

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