TBS Connection to the URJ

urj_logoTemple Beth Sholom (TBS) is a part of the Reform Movement through the Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) actively participates in many URJ programs and services. Nearly 900 congregations in the United States and Canada are a part of the URJ. The URJ provides a broad and deep array of programs and services to its congregations and their members, focusing resources on accomplishing what no individual congregation or person could do individually.  The 2020 URJ vision focuses on several priorities: strengthening congregations, providing audacious hospitality and welcoming all who are interested in living a richer Jewish life; tikkun olam, and youth engagement.  Through these initiatives it works with, supports and connects congregations to be strong, adept and agile. The URJ welcomes all who seek to participate in creating a world of wholeness, compassion and justice. It inspires and motivates more young Jews to connect to Judaism, and fosters meaningful connections to Israel. Together with such partners as the Central Conference of American Rabbis (CCAR), the American Conference of Cantors (ACC), the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA), Women of Reform Judaism (WRJ), Men of Reform Judaism (MRJ), among others, it does this by providing access to a plethora of programmatic, educational, youth, professional and leadership development, and advocacy opportunities.

TBS URJ Leadership Roles

Names are listed in alphabetical order.

  • Mark Baranek (TBS Director of Congregational Engagement), Barbara Gelber and Danny Aronson (TBS Congregants) are Camp Coleman Committee members
  • Michael Dribin (TBS Past President) is on the URJ Board alumni
  • Rabbi Glickstein is a past Treasurer and Board member, Central Conference of American Rabbis
  • Shelley Niceley Groff (TBS Past President) serves on the North American Board of the URJ, the Board of Women of Reform Judaism, URJ Board Oversight Committee, Budget Committee, Camp Coleman Committee, Lay Leader for Youth,  and works closely with the URJ’s Vice President for Youth on the Campaign for Youth Engagement
  • Rabbi Gayle Pomerantz serves on the Commission for Social Action, which guides the activities of the Religious Action Center
  • Cantor Segal  is a past Board member of the American Conference of Cantors. She was co-chair of the 2015 ACC Convention, and currently serves on the ACC Youth Committee
  • Barb Shimansky is affiliated with Association of Reform Jewish Educators (ARJE). She was the co-chair of the 2014 ARJE Kallah, a past co-chair of the Member Connections committee, and is the current co-team leader of Member Relations.
  • Michael Spritzer (Congregant) is on the URJ Board alumni