Leadership Transitions

Leadership Transitions

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Senior staff transitions within congregations often prompt a range of emotions for everyone involved. Here are four ways to make things easier for the entire community. 

Rabbi Paula Feldstein
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As a leader – volunteer or professional – in a synagogue, what keeps you up at night? What do these concerns tell us about the contemporary Jewish landscape?

Michael H. Goldberg
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Leadership development is critical for any congregation that expects to thrive now and in the future. 

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai

When I became president-elect of Congregation Beth Emek in Pleasanton, California, we faced an unexpected rabbinic transition.

Skylar Cohen

Dr. Ronald Heifetz, a hysician and world-renowned expert on leadership, is the founding director of the Center for Public Leadership at the John F. Kennedy School of Government at Harvard University. He is the author of multiple books on leadership-related topics.

Aron Hirt-Manheimer

Though I felt our rabbinic transition was going well, I knew it was too important to the future of the congregation to pass up the opportunity to learn whatever I could about making the transition as successful as possible.

Joel Brown (with Rabbi Audrey Pollack)

At some point, every congregation faces a time of rabbinic transition – and the process is inevitably an emotional one. Here are eight tips for managing that process.

Rabbi Janet Offel

It was great timing that we were able to attend the URJ’s Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program and Retreat in January. Designed specifically for congregations that have completed a transition to a new rabbi, the weekend provided outstanding opportunities for Lou and me to learn, network, and bond with each other.

Rabbi Peter Stein and Lou Spiro

In this week’s Torah portion, Pinchas, God instructs Moses,

“Ascend these heights of Abarim and view the land that I have given to the Israelite people. When you have seen it, you too shall be gathered to your kin, just as your brother Aaron was.”

Although Moses had a marvelous opportunity to see where he had led his people, the act of taking the Israelites across the border – and fighting for the milk and honey – was left to the next generation of leaders.

by Alan Zeichick