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Had'rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Ritual Life

Current Opportunities

Registration is now closed for the 2017 URJ Had'rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Ritual Life. 

The 2017 Had'rachah Seminar will take place on August 2-6, at URJ Olin-Sang-Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI) in Oconomowoc, WI. It is open only to lay leaders from small congregations that have a single clergy member, or lack full-time clergy.

Registration for the 2018 Had'rachah Seminar will open in spring 2018. To be notified when registration opens for the 2018 seminar, fill out our expression of interest form.

About the Seminar

The Had’rachah Seminar (formerly the Sh'liach K'hilah / Synagogue Associate Program) is open only to lay leaders from small congregations; those which have a single clergy member or lack full time clergy. The Had’rachah Seminar teaches participants a variety of skills to help them lead communal worship, lifecycle events and educational opportunities in support of or in place of clergy. Our faculty is composed of rabbis, cantors, and Jewish educators. Participants will learn from them, from URJ staff and from each other.

Engagement of participants doesn't end at the seminar: learning opportunities are made available throughout the year. Additionally, participants sustain relationships and support one another through virtual meetings, sharing of ideas and resources, and discussions in The Tent, the URJ's interactive platform.

Financial assistance for attending the Had'rachah Seminar is provided through URJ Small Congregations Grants, which assists members of congregations with 250 or fewer households who wish to attend URJ programs.

For more information, contact Rabbi David Fine at (212) 452-6724 or DFine@urj.org.