Leadership Training Institute

Leadership Training Institute

Beekers and other laboratory tools filled with colorful liquids as though ready for scientific experimentation

What are some of the advantages of conducting experiments in your congregation? Here are four ways experiments help us figure out the best way to move forward and ease the pressure to have the answersr.

Rabbi Esther Lederman
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Leadership development is critical for any congregation that expects to thrive now and in the future. 

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai

We are heirs to a wise tradition. When we find our guiding principles in those sources, not only is leadership enhanced, the organizations and programs and ultimately the entire community benefits.

Alan Morinis
Challah and candlesticks at the head of a congregation

As 2016 comes to an end, we’ve rounded up the top eight concepts that will continue to be valuable to you in your work to inspire sacred action in your community.

Daphne Macy

Say yes to too many people or responsibilities and you’ll find that what you really care about is not getting enough time and space to live and grow.

Dr. Erica Brown

Becoming a values-based leader isn't about emulating a role model or a historic figure. Rather, your leadership must be rooted in who you are and what matters most to you. There are four guiding principles that can help you in the lifelong journey of values-based leadership.

Harry Kraemer

Our lives and work depend on partnerships. In Jewish communities, these partnerships can be among volunteers, paid professionals, or lay and professional leaders. Unfortunately, too often these relationships are fraught with a lack of respect, despite the fact that everyone involved is performing holy work. These partnerships create a stronger and more vital endeavor. They are sacred and should be treated as such.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai

If your congregation spent 12-24 months focusing on one topic of your congregational life, could it transform your entire community? If you decided to really delve into engaging baby boomers or figuring out how to focus on social justice issues, could it be a game changer for your congregation? This year, we’re excited to launch four new Communities of Practice, and applications are open through May 9th, 2016.

Rabbi Esther Lederman

Each congregation has its own way of cultivating leadership. To assist this sacred work, the URJ offers a variety of programs that enable leaders to learn, network, and worship together, all of which are specifically designed to meet the needs of leaders of different positions and take into consideration different ways of rising to leadership.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai

My time at the URJ Scheidt Seminar proved useful not only for the validation and nuts-and-bolts advice so necessary to a new congregational president, but also, to my surprise, in connecting aspects of my life, my Jewish identity, and my parents’ tragic histories.

Deborah H. Holdstein, PhD