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6 Ways to Prepare Your Synagogue Website for the High Holidays

High-Holiday-Image Posted on September 6, 2019
by Hirsch Fishman

It’s hard to believe, but the High Holidays are just around the corner. Not only is it a busy time at your shul, but it’s also a busy time for your website. Without question, your website will experience a surge in visitors over the next few weeks. Traffic to your site will soar as prospective and current members stop by to learn about services, purchase tickets and get a sense of how your congregation observes the holidays.

Here are 6 things you can do right now to get your synagogue website ready for the High Holidays.

1.Build a Designated High Holiday Section on Your Website: 

Your website should serve as a hub for all things High Holiday. Include details on service times, volunteer opportunities, children’s events, and other special gatherings. This section should be easily accessible and simple to find via the homepage or menu navigation.

2. Go Beyond Service Times and Location:  People need to know the basics of an event- where it’s happening and what time – but they also want to know what to expect. A concise summary supplementing each event helps to generate interest and enthusiasm.

3. Encourage Online Registration: Online registration makes it easy for your members to participate. The days of people printing and completing forms by hand are rapidly coming to a close. Online forms bring a level of modern convenience that many of your members have come to expect. You can build out forms for babysitting, Yahrzeit plaques, memorial books, youth programming and more. And, if your synagogue requires tickets for services, you can create those too.

4. Welcome Non-Members: By having a dedicated page devoted to non-members, the congregation excels at detailing how non-members can get involved.

5. Share Information About Accommodations and Other Accessibility Needs: Let your members know how your congregation facilitates an inclusive High Holiday experience.

6. High Holiday Videos: An exciting trend that we’ve been seeing more of is the creation of videos inviting viewers to join the congregation in celebrating the upcoming holy days. Often these short videos are led by the Rabbi and are a dynamic way to engage prospective members.

The High Holy Days are nearly here and we encourage you to use your website as a key communication tool. After all, flyers get lost, emails can be overlooked, and print mailings get recycled, but your website remains an easily accessible resource. In the days leading up to Rosh Hashanah, we encourage you to continue to build out High Holiday content and to direct your members to visit your website.

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About Hirsch Fishman

Hirsch has been working professionally with websites since 2001, working exclusively in, and focusing on, the Jewish community. Hirsch offers a wide range of website knowledge to his synagogue web design clients from his years of experience working in the Jewish community. He lives in Raleigh, North Carolina.