Scheidt Seminar

Scheidt Seminar

Compass with the arrow pointing at the word "Leadership"

February is a time we especially foster leadership at the Union for Reform Judaism, shining a light on the role individuals play to strengthen our sacred community.

Rabbi Rick Jacobs
Scheidt Seminar 2018 group of temple presidents

Listening to fellow presidents at the Scheidt seminar share many of the same concerns I have, I knew I’d enjoy being part of such an articulate, open, and friendly group.

Deborah Rood Goldman
Array of stopwatch, notebook, and documents

Learn some of the most valuable takeaways from my tenure as a congregation president so you can apply them – in whatever ways work for you – in your own community.

Amy Asin
Men and women gathered in a circle outdoors

At a recent URJ Scheidt Seminar, I met 54 presidents and presidents-elect from our congregations. Representing Reform communities across North America, they came together to learn, to network, and to build relationships that will enrich their work as presidents and as Reform Movement leaders.

Amy Asin

Here are four key concepts that all leaders – lay or professional, emerging or experienced – need to embrace.

Lisa Lieberman Barzilai, RJE
Group shot of participants at Scheidt seminar - 2016

For nearly 20 years, I have heard from congregational presidents about how the Union for Reform Judaism’s (URJ) Scheidt Seminar prepared them for their presidency and how it literally transformed their approach to synagogue leadership. Last weekend I experienced the “Scheidt Effect” firsthand. It is an example of truly outstanding leadership training.

Daryl Messinger

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

After two years as executive vice president of Temple Sinai of Roslyn, I am about to become president of this sacred place that is my home away from home. Thanks to the work of the incredible leaders in whose footsteps I follow, our membership numbers are growing and our programs are thriving – all evidence that a brick-and-mortar religious institution still matters in a digital world.