Leadership Development

Leadership Development

Teen leaders at a Reform Jewish teen gathering

Check out these six ongoing practices of Reform Jewish teen leaders – and how you can use them to support teens in your own community.

Michelle Shapiro Abraham, MAJE, RJE
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The URJ offers a range of leadership development opportunities, so there’s sure to be something suitable for every leader in your congregation.

Amy Asin
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Leadership requires charismatic leaders and others who support successes, enable dialogue around differences, and set aside their own egos to ensure communal success.

Adam Goodman
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The URJ offers valuable resources and opportunities to get new congregational presidents off on the right foot. Here are six key areas in which we can help.

Amy Asin
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A culture of philanthropy focuses on our sacred responsibility to provide Jewishly meaningful experiences that place the donor – not the congregation – at the center.

Rabbi Louis Feldstein, Michael H. Goldberg, and Robin Riegelhaupt
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Here are some useful answers to one of the questions congregational leaders ask most: “How can we find new leaders?”

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
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To ensure your new board gets up to speed effectively, here are things to do before, during, and after a board orientation.

Leah King Kaufman, Moriah Benjoseph Nassau, and Gila Hadani Ward
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Remember: It may sometimes be difficult, but ultimately, you’re doing this for the good of the congregation and its ability to redirect resources to priority areas.

Amy Asin
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Feeling undeserving of success or belonging with peers is sometimes called “impostor syndrome.” Learn three techniques to curb it and be a better Jewish leader.

Chris Harrison
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In preparation for the launch of a new course, we reflected on the feedback from past participants about which course concepts impacted participants most.

Amy Asin and Julie Lambert, RJE