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Emerging Leaders Resource

For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone... You shall also seek out from among all the people those who are capable and who fear God... ​Let them share the burden with you.
Exodus 18:18; 21–22


Every congregation needs lay leadership to flourish and prosper in order to ensure its future. When training new congregational leaders, it is important to frame the work as sacred and holy. Congregational leaders need to hone traditional skills such as planning, managing, budgeting and programming. They also need to master additional, distinctive skills based on Jewish texts and values.

To strengthen your congregation as you identify and train a pipeline of competent, engaged future leaders, the URJ is developing a resource of self-guided modules. Topics include mission and vision, leadership skills, personal leadership style and goal setting, all through the lens of Jewish texts and values. We are currently piloting this resource with a select group of URJ congregations of all sizes. The resource will be made available to all URJ congregations in spring 2017.

Online training sessions for leaders who will be using the modules to train the emerging leaders at their congregations will be offered 4 times a year. The upcoming training sessions will take place on the following dates:

If you would like to be notified when the Emerging Leaders Resource becomes available, please fill out our expression of interest form.

For any questions, contact the Leadership Institute at leadershipinstitute@urj.org.