United Hebrew Congregation, 13788 Conway Road, St. Louis, MO 63141 | 314-469-0700

A URJ Afternoon of Learning

June 5, 2016, 2:00 pm - 5:00 pm

Join leaders of the Reform Movement for an afternoon of learning.

The programs are open to boards, staff, lay leaders and congregants

2:00-2:20 – Gather for opening and welcome
2:30-3:25 – Learning Session #1
3:25-3:45 – Break
3:45-4:40 – Learning Session #2
4:40-5:00 – Closing – taking home what you have learned


  • Creating the Future Together: Potential for Collaboration Among St. Louis URJ Congregations (Amy Asin)
    Community collaboration must start with building trust and working on projects that are beneficial to all collaborators. Targeted at—senior congregational leaders in St. Louis area congregations who will consider possible areas of work going forward.
  • Reflective Leadership and Community Engagement through the Lens of Audacious Hospitality (April N. Baskin)
    This session will provide practical techniques and tools you can use to be better equipped to navigate the complex challenges (and opportunities!) that arise when the “rubber meets the road” of implementing Audacious Hospitality.
  • The Reform Movement in Israel (Rabbi Rick Jacobs)
    From the Kotel decision to mikvehs to ordaining rabbis, the Reform movement is active in helping to create a more pluralistic society in Israel. Rabbi Rick Jacobs will speak about some of the recent initiatives.


  • 8 Principles that Drive Strong Congregations (Amy Asin) Based on the URJ’s work in our Leadership Institute and Communities of Practice, we have identified 8 principles that strong congregations employ. Learn about the eight and see whether your congregation has the potential to add to your strength.
  • Understanding Millennials and Parents of Young Children (Miriam Chilton) Congregations are seeking to engage the younger generation, whether with or without children. Learn about the latest research into this demographic and what some congregations are doing to engage them.
  • How to Use the Media to Extend Your impact (Mark Pelavin) Local media can be a support to your congregation if engaged effectively. In this session, we will discuss tools and tips to making the media a friend and not a foe.

URJ Presenters

Rabbi Rick Jacobs, President
A product of the Reform Movement, Rick has held many leadership posts within the Reform community. Under his leadership, the URJ is implementing the 2020 Vision, a plan for the future of Reform Judaism structured around three priorities: Strengthening Congregations, Audacious Hospitality and Tikkun Olam.

Amy Asin, Vice President/Director of Strengthening Congregations
Amy has quickly made an impact—adding new initiatives to help congregations innovate and prepare for the future, including the URJ’s Leadership Institute.

April Baskin, Vice President of Audacious Hospitality
April’s extensive experience includes diversity inclusion, strategic planning, and program development within organizational and national communities.

Miriam Chilton, Vice President/Youth
Miriam has wide-ranging responsibility for youth programming, including 14 overnight camps across North America, travel and educational programs in Israel and NFTY (the Reform youth movement).

Mark J. Pelavin, Chief Program Officer
As a member of the URJ’s Executive Team, Mark plays a key role in developing and refining the URJ’s priorities and structures. He is chair of the URJ’s Program Leadership Team, directs the URJ’s communications efforts and plays a key leadership role in shaping the Movement’s public policy agenda.

For more information contact Marla Goldberg, URJ Communities Manager at 847.239.6969 or msgoldberg@urj.org


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