Jvillage Blog

Wed, 09/02/2015 - 2:09pm -- molly@jvillage
As we said last week, the High Holidays are the time when your website and your actual doors will be experiencing the most traffic. It’s important that you make the most out of the heavy traffic so you can keep the momentum going once the holidays come to an end. Here are four more strategies to promote engagement during the High Holidays:
Tue, 08/25/2015 - 4:42pm -- molly@jvillage

Rosh Hashanah is only a couple weeks away! Are you ready to harness the energy & excitement of the High Holidays & transform it into year-round community engagement?

Wed, 08/19/2015 - 11:58am -- molly@jvillage

Last week we gave you an introduction on the importance of thanking your major donors. This week, we’ve got some more important tips to help you increase your major donor stewardship.

Wed, 08/12/2015 - 12:31pm -- molly@jvillage
Over the past two weeks, we’ve given suggestions on how you can create a culture of gratitude in your organization. We’ve also shared creative ways you can thank your members and outlined why it’s now more important than ever to thank your members. One particularly important demographic in your community that deserves special attention are the major donors.
Tue, 08/04/2015 - 4:51pm -- molly@jvillage
Last week, we outlined the importance of thanking your members and offered four creative ways you can thank your community. A good thank yous are much more than good manners: they are a very smart and savvy fundraising strategy.
Wed, 07/29/2015 - 4:57pm -- molly@jvillage

How often do you give thanks to your members?  When was the last time that you told them how grateful you are to have them as part of your community? A thank you for volunteering and a thank you for a contribution goes a long way in building community.

Wed, 07/29/2015 - 12:00am -- molly@jvillage

Is your board of directors focused on fundraising? In order for your organization to thrive financially, your board needs to focus on revenue.

Tue, 07/21/2015 - 4:46pm -- molly@jvillage

Successful communications are a requirement for community relationships. 

Wed, 07/15/2015 - 10:44am -- molly@jvillage

A thriving community is an engaged community.  Your ability to enhance the relevancy of Judaism and to engage current and prospective members and your community at large is key to your community’s success. Once engaged, your membership’s participation will grow.

Tue, 07/07/2015 - 10:20am -- jen@jvillagenet...
Email marketing is a fantastic way to share information and engage with your members. However, your audience’s inboxes are already stuffed with dozens of emails a day. Your messages are packed with exciting news and important announcements, but getting people to open them can be a challenge. Here are some tips to ensure that your emails get the attention they deserve:
Tue, 06/30/2015 - 1:42pm -- molly@jvillage

If you’ve explored your Google Analytics, you may have noticed that your website visitors aren’t spending as much time on your website as you’d like.

Mon, 06/22/2015 - 12:00am -- Yoram Samets

I believe it is every member’s responsibility to provide financially for the success of their synagogue. I also believe that there are many different ways to financially support your synagogue.

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Mon, 06/15/2015 - 12:00am -- molly@jvillage
We all know it is more than a fad. Facebook is here to stay as both a social networking site and a social marketing tool. When used effectively, Facebook can help you build your relationships and community, listen more effectively to your members, and engage them in deeper and more meaningful ways.
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Fri, 06/05/2015 - 3:34pm -- molly@jvillage
An engaged, involved community is a vibrant and thriving one. Here are five tips on how to facilitate engagement in your community.
Mon, 06/01/2015 - 11:16am -- molly@jvillage

Your website is the front door for prospective members. They may have heard about your synagogue from their real estate agent when they were shopping for a new home, from new friends at a party or from a colleague at work. And where do they go to check out your synagogue?

Wed, 05/27/2015 - 2:59pm -- Yoram Samets

Your digital landscape success is all about content.  

Think about webpages you frequent daily, such The New York Times, your friends’ Facebook pages, or Haaretz.com. You are accessing these sites because of their content. Now think about your synagogue’s website. Is your content as relevant and engaging? Time and time again I see stale and stagnant content on websites and missed engagement opportunities. Once you have engaged your community with your content, you can begin to foster relationships. A good website is the foundation for relationship building.

Tue, 05/19/2015 - 10:53am -- molly@jvillage

As your partner in security, our goal is to empower you and your community to stay alert online. If your community uses the Jvillage Marketplace to increase your revenue, rest assured that all of these transactions are completely secure.

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Mon, 04/27/2015 - 12:18pm -- molly@jvillage
More and more members of your community are using Twitter, an online social networking service that enables users to send and read short 140-character messages called "tweets.” Are you reaching your community on this platform?
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Sat, 04/25/2015 - 12:00am -- Yoram Samets
Facebook is a social space where people can connect and build relationships. Learn how to be most effective on this platform.
Tue, 04/21/2015 - 4:15pm -- molly@jvillage
Mon, 04/06/2015 - 3:15pm -- molly@jvillage

In quick succession Israel commemorates five events in its long and short history; one event in ancient history and four events from the not-so-distant past:

Wed, 04/01/2015 - 11:14am -- molly@jvillage

Https: Maintaining Security & Protecting Your Privacy

Have you paid attention to the website addresses that you are using or browsing? Do you know the difference between HTTP:// and HTTPS:// at the beginning of the URL? 

Fri, 03/06/2015 - 3:17pm -- molly@jvillage

Photographs: One of the most valuable items in the world for humans.

Wed, 03/04/2015 - 3:59pm -- molly@jvillage

Passover is the joyous holiday that commemorates the exodus of the Jewish people from slavery in Egypt with the promise of their own future in the land promised to their forebears.

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Thu, 02/05/2015 - 2:49pm -- molly@jvillage

Are you responsible for growing your community's engagement? Are you wanting the results of engagement to be stronger bonds between your members? Are you looking for some simple techniques to begin this process?

Wed, 02/04/2015 - 11:20am -- molly@jvillage

Purim begins on the evening of March 4th, and the Jvillage Holiday Kit has something for everyone in your community.

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Mon, 01/19/2015 - 12:53pm -- molly@jvillage

Given all the time and effort that goes into building and launching a website, it’s understandable that you might assume it would take care of itself – and you wouldn’t be alone in your expectations. But doing so, would be like failing to keep a fine auto in tune.

Fri, 01/09/2015 - 3:19pm -- molly@jvillage

Tu biShvat is coming, February 4th, and the Jvillage Holiday Kit has something for everyone in your community.

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Wed, 01/07/2015 - 3:12pm -- molly@jvillage

1. The Rabbi will blog his or her sermon weekly.

2. All community events will get on our calendar with links to more information.

3. Our website homepage will have pictures of people on it, not buildings.

Mon, 12/22/2014 - 12:30pm -- Molly Ritvo
Act Now button In the non-profit and synagogue world, philanthropy and member engagement are the keys to success. Securing enough donations is not an easy task, especially in this challenging economy. These last few weeks of December are a crucial time for fundraising. According to The Chronicle of Philanthropy, more dollars are donated online in the last five days of December than in other three weeks combined. In fact, it's possible for your organization to raise as much as 40% of all donations in December by maximizing your year-end fundraising appeals.
Mon, 12/15/2014 - 10:49am -- molly@jvillage

Last month we posted a blog, “How to Make the Most of Your Channels- Part 1,” that detailed using the content in your channels as a jumping off point for conversation.

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Thu, 12/11/2014 - 1:14pm -- molly@jvillage

Social media is like driving in Los Angeles: 10 lanes of bumper-to-bumper traffic going every which way in every direction. Everyday another social media platform goes live (Vine, Instagram, Google+, yelp, Blogger) and it is overwhelming to decide which platform to join.

Thu, 11/20/2014 - 11:56am -- molly@jvillage

You have a website.  It carries all the information about your organization.  It provides information about staff, leadership, events, hours of operation.  In that regard you’re like most other congregations and organizations.

Fri, 10/31/2014 - 3:48pm -- molly@jvillage

Your current staffing structure probably changes frequently. We want you to stay protected during these transition times as issues of security can be affected when a staff member or volunteer involved in your website leaves your organization.

Thu, 10/30/2014 - 4:14pm -- molly@jvillage

The High Holidays are the world series of our religion and all synagogues. Sports teams understand that they can fill their houses of worship (aka: stadiums) if they create a special meaning to bring fans to the stadium.

Synagogues need to do the same thing:

Tue, 10/21/2014 - 3:03pm -- molly@jvillage

From a marketing standpoint, the High Holidays can be looked at as a great time to gauge synagogue success. Once again my Synagogue was crowded over the High Holy Days. Sukkot and Simchat Torah were unfortunately not as successful.  

Tue, 10/14/2014 - 11:24am -- molly@jvillage
Dear Fundraising Expert, I’m a rabbi at a small Orthodox shul where everyone knows one another. It is difficult to get families to increase their giving when many of their friends may not be. Many people can’t afford to make big gifts. My congregants generally aren’t impressed by the size of others gifts, so status isn’t really a motivating factor. How can I convince members to make bigger gifts? Sincerely, An Orthodox Rabbi in the Keystone State
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Tue, 10/07/2014 - 12:43pm -- molly@jvillage

If you’ve been keeping up with Facebook’s changes, you’ve heard that Facebook will soon stop allowing companies to use “Like-Gating.” Like-Gating is a marketing technique used to force a Facebook u

Thu, 09/11/2014 - 10:17am -- molly@jvillage

Have you ever noticed that during Rosh Hashanah the Torah is adorned in white & some people like to dress in all white in order to feel close to God? It is said that wearing white reminds us of the white robes worn by angels.

Mon, 09/08/2014 - 12:18pm -- molly@jvillage

With a new school year comes a new Jewish year and you’re always on the lookout for things to do with your kids about the High Holidays.  Jvillage Network’s High Holiday Spotlight Kit is here to help.

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Wed, 08/27/2014 - 11:00am -- molly@jvillage
The High Holidays are certainly a time when Jews – regardless of their level of engagement or observance – feel most connected to their Jewish selves. It is a time when Jewish organizations of all kinds seek to inspire Jews to step up their involvement and, yes, to possibly make some charitable gifts. But how effectively do organizations design compelling appeals during the High Holidays, especially when so many Jewish organizations are competing for charitable dollars?
Tue, 08/19/2014 - 11:35am -- molly@jvillage

With the new school year beginning, we know you’re always on the look-out for resources for the High Holidays.  Jvillage Network’s High Holiday kit is here to help.

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Wed, 08/06/2014 - 5:35pm -- molly@jvillage
You’ve got a book club. You get together every month, you bring in recommendations. You scour books by the same author, books on the same topic, books with similar themes. The phone calls and the emails fly back and forth. There’s got to be a better way! And there is. Pinterest.
Wed, 07/30/2014 - 2:49pm -- molly@jvillage

Pinterest is a valuable tool to when it comes to community building and can be a great way to bring people together.

Tue, 07/22/2014 - 12:00am -- Yoram Samets

friendlysynagoguesEveryday I wake up, I have this internal struggle between my personal Judaism and my desire to make my synagogue a successful home for our Jewish community. In some ways, this is the conflict between heart and head. At this time of year, it is much harder to get into my head and look at the ways the High Holidays can be used to gain greater engagement, greater relationship with our community, but this is exactly the time to be thinking about engagement opportunities -- that lead to new relationships for the coming year.

Fri, 07/11/2014 - 12:53pm -- molly@jvillage
Before we know it, the High Holidays will be upon us. Take advantage of this time to get your website polished before the rush of the High Holidays. To help you maximize your website, here are 5 easy tips for summer website maintenance:
Fri, 06/20/2014 - 11:45am -- molly@jvillage

By Robert Evans

Thu, 05/08/2014 - 2:22pm -- Molly Ritvo

Online forms, or webforms, are an incredibly valuable engagement tool. From monthly surveys to event registration, online payments, membership dues and sisterhood e-commerce to general inquiries about your synagogue, webforms make your website an interactive experience because they allow staffers to collect valuable data and information from your community, such as the contact information from prospective members.  

Fri, 04/25/2014 - 12:00am -- Yoram Samets

Social media is much more than technology.

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Tue, 04/08/2014 - 12:00am -- Yoram Samets
Spring is a great time to think about growth, to set seasonal goals, and to focus on renewing your love for your community. Just as we remove the chametz from our homes, it is a time to re-focus on our membership engagement ideas and let go of what isn't working in our organizations. Here are a few ways to begin your spring cleaning: