Shallat Seminar

Shallat Seminar

Scrabble tiles spelling out the word change with a random assortment of tiles surrounding the word

As congregational leaders, any change we introduce requires us to understand the experience of the individuals in our community and help them navigate through the change.

Julie Lambert, RJE, and Rabbi Janet Offel
Three white paper airplanes flying straight and one yellow paper airplane veering off course to signify change

While not everyone goes through all five stages or in experience them in order, they are useful in understanding the range of emotions and mindsets people may experience when dealing with change.

Rabbi Paula Feldstein
Block calendar that reads: July 01

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
Two puzzle pieces being held in front of bright sunlight

Jewish professionals and lay leaders are responsible for so much of what makes the synagogue community important and special that our work can feel overwhelming, especially if we think we are in it alone. But, the work is much sweeter when we recognize we have true partners by our side.

Rabbi Marci Bellows

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)

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