Thinking about opening a reform synagogue? We tell you what you need to know to get started.
Reform Judaism in the U.S.
Along with Conservative and Orthodox Judaism, Reform Judaism represents is one of the major branches of Judaism in the U.S. Often considered the most liberal of the three branches, Reform Jews seek to integrate Jewish beliefs with modern culture. Reform adherents take a less strict view of Jewish law, even though they may continue to maintain traditional Jewish customs and identities.
The governing body within Reform Judaism is the Union for Reform Judaism. The URJ is particularly interested in the health and vibrancy of Reform congregations, and offers a variety of resources designed to help both existing synagogues and religious entrepreneurs in their efforts to build successful Reform faith communities.
Thought Leadership for Reform Rabbis and Leaders
In many communities, Reform rabbis and leaders are at the forefront of religious thought leadership. It's somewhat common for local media outlets to look to Reform leaders for a Jewish perspective on developments in the community and throughout the world.
As a religious entrepreneur in the Reform Jewish tradition, you need to be prepared to offer insights to the general public. But to truly leverage your thought leadership opportunities, you need to proactively seek out opportunities to speak your mind and represent your synagogue in print and broadcast media.
One of the ways to accomplish this is by writing op-ed pieces for your local newspaper. Op-eds are valid PR placements and a mile marker in your quest to raise the visibility of your new synagogue. If an op-ed sounds intimidating to you, take a few minutes to browse our section of articles designed to help religious entrepreneurs exploit the full potential of op-ed placements.
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