Inside Leadership

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Puzzle pieces leading to a pinnacle (of leadership)

“Exercising leadership has nothing to do with your role, your job… To me, leadership is a behavior.”  -- Marty Linsky, adaptive leadership expert

There is far more to leadership than a title. As Harvard Kennedy School professor Marty Linsky shares, leadership is defined by what you do, not by what you are. It is a verb rather than a noun. As such, congregations should view leadership as an enriching Jewish experience – one that has multiple entry points, paths, and potential for impact. ...

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Six years ago, Ganon Gil, the early learning center of The Temple Tifereth Israel in Beachwood, OH, had decreasing enrollment, was not meeting most of the community’s needs, and was no longer financially viable.

We had to make a change and we faced a daunting decision: close the program or expand it to full-time and include an infant program for children as young as six weeks. After extensive study and evaluation, we made the bold decision to...

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Directing a Jewish early childhood education center can be a stressful and lonely experience, balanced by regular hugs and greetings, and occasional (some might say “miraculous”) understanding among the infant to 5-year-old children in our centers.

Staff members in the 240 early childhood centers that are part of Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) congregations have opportunities to reach across the continent to exchange ideas and experiences with colleagues, helping each other move toward innovation, efficiency, creativity, and greatness. 

In...

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For more than 10 years, Jewish Disability Inclusion and Acceptance Month (JDAIM) has focused on awareness and inclusion. Every February, Jewish communities worldwide join to advocate for inclusion of people with disabilities and mental health conditions to be active participants in Jewish life.

But inclusion is a term that is interpreted along a spectrum. To some, it means that any program or service for people is inclusive. Others go well beyond programs and services to encourage and support people with disabilities,...

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With the start of February, so too begins Jewish Disability Awareness, Acceptence, and Inclusion Month (JDAIM). Of course, there is nothing uniquely Jewish about disabilities, nor is there a greater need for inclusion in February than in any other month. So why observe Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month this February?

We encourage Reform congregations to observe and participate in this important community-wide initiative because it is Jewish to cherish each and every life and...

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Inside Leadership, the blog at URJ.org, is a source for Reform Jewish leaders to get the latest news and though-provoking articles about Jewish communal life.