About Synagogue Initiatives
In 1898 Dr. Henry Pereira Mendes, Minister of Congregation Shearith Israel, called local leaders together, and the Union of Orthodox Jewish Congregations of America was born, established to “speak with authority in the name of Orthodox Jews, and to defend the rights of Orthodox Jews.” The Orthodox Union has been servicing synagogues and communities ever since.
The Department of Synagogue Initiatives provides vision, leadership, and programmatic support to Orthodox communities and congregations throughout North America. Our goal is to strengthen our communities, member congregations, and their constituencies, by providing religious, educational, social, and cultural programming on relevant and timely issues that impact upon the lives of individuals and families. We are readily available to provide an array of programming, design and promotional services to implement cohesive and successful programs or give support and guidance to help communities present their own events.