Hadrachah Seminar

Hadrachah Seminar

Hagbah during Shabbat morning worship service at Congregation B'nai Israel in Butte, MT

I’m co-principal of the religious school at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman, MT. Although I don’t have any formal training in religious education, in a small, remote congregation like ours, if you have enthusiasm for something and are willing to try, you find yourself doing all sorts of jobs. One of them led me to an announcement for the Had’rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Ritual Life and, giving in to a desire to expand my world, I signed up – even though religious education wasn’t officially part of the program.

Jim Nallick

by Ken Hahn

Last summer, I spent five days at Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (OSRUI), one of the URJ’s 15 summer camps across North America that runs programs for Jewish youth from elementary school through high school. But I’m not a camper, nor am I a camp parent – so why was I there? I joined 15 other people at camp for Had’rachah, a URJ-led seminar designed to teach lay leaders to conduct worship services and lifecycle events.