Synagogue Initiative Resources

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June 18th 1:00-3:00pm Webinar - Trauma and Betrayal

Rabbis, Rebbetzins, Chosson and Kallah teachers, and other Klal Leaders are invited to attend this educational webinar about Betrayal and its traumatic impact on marriages in our communities. Click the above flyer to register.

Partner for Israel Trips: Hiburim

Planning a trip to Israel? Whether for a small group or your whole community, connect with Hiburim for direct opportunities to assist with agricultural projects and visit and support yeshiva students and families in Israel. For more information, reach out to Rabbi Shmulie Greene via email at shmulie60@gmail.com or phone 973-214-8577.

Prayer for Bringing the Hostages Home

May it be the will of our Father in Heaven, who redeemed the nation of Israel from suffering in Egypt, that He bless and protect our brothers and sisters in captivity. May You stregthen their soul and their faith. Protect them from all harm and sickness. Have mercy on Your sons and daughters who are waiting for Your salvation. Annul any bad decrees against them, and in Your great mercy, bring their release. May they go out from darkness to light and from the pit of bondage to freedom. May they return in peace to their families and their homes. Please instill brotherhood, peace and love in the hearts of all of us. Remove jealousy, baseless hatred from us and spread the succah of peace over us, and may we merit soon to sing before you a new song.

Request a Mystery Shul-Goer!

Like a mystery shopper, but for your shul! Get an outside perspective on how to make your community more inviting, engaging, and robust. Email posya@ou.org to learn more and schedule an anonymous visit to your community!

Board Training

"The 10 Commandments of Shul Boards" is an interactive seminar to help Shul Boards achieve their potential by defining roles, sharing best practices, and facilitating a conversation around roles and goals for the board and Shul. Topics include: Lay Leader & Paid Staff Dynamic ; Articulating Values ; Strategy vs. Operations ; Governance. The presentation is tailored to address your shul's most pressing issues. Email posya@ou.org to schedule a seminar at your shul.

Plan a Relief Mission - to Israel and Beyond

Check out our site to explore the impact we've made so far. Email katze@ou.org to plan your own!

The Jews Next Dor - Parenting Podcast

The OU's parenting initiative, GenAleph, provides parents with resources that are easily accessible, data driven, and relatable for Orthodox families. From a weekly podcast to in-person parenting courses to online learning, articles and more, GenAleph is your resource to raise the next generation of passionate and committed Jews. The Jews Next Dor podcast will help you answer your biggest parenting questions and gain the best practices to raise children the way you want.

Is your shul as inclusive as it could be?

Click to hear Yachad representatives and shul community members share personal experiences to discuss the importance of including those with intellectual and developmental disabilities in our community. To schedule a sensitivity training at your shul, email schragr@ou.org.

Connect with OU Advocacy

Email grossmanj@ou.org to see how our Advocacy team can help you navigate federal grants, reach your local representatives, and join our advocacy-minded Rabbinical network.

Fundraise Creatively

Crayola Flowers is an innovative and creative fundraiser. Explore how your shul can raise money year-round and at specific events!

Available Burial Plots in Israel

A new group is developing plots for purchase on Har Hamenuchot and Har Hazeitim. Click to learn more.

Judaism in the 21st Century - Podcast

In "Judaism in the 21st Century," Rabbi Daniel Cohen and Steve Labkoff explore modern life, guided by Jewish insights. The podcast draws on Torah wisdom to address today's challenges and navigate our complex world. Click to listen on Spotify.

Navigate Healthcare Choices with Jewish Wisdom

Ematai offers halachic guidance on a range of issues relating to aging and end-of-life care, including a new halachic living will. Visit the site for many resources and services.

Teach Your Community Hebrew

Our Partners at NJOP have created a grant program to support Shuls with explanatory programming. Monetary stipends and additional resources are available.

Lay Leaders - Let's Connect

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Gabbaim - Let's Connect

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Shul Administrators & Executive Directors - Let's Connect

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