Jim Nallick

Jim Nallick

Inside Leadership
Hagbah during Shabbat morning worship service at Congregation B'nai Israel in Butte, MT

I’m co-principal of the religious school at Congregation Beth Shalom in Bozeman, MT. Although I don’t have any formal training in religious education, in a small, remote congregation like ours, if you have enthusiasm for something and are willing to try, you find yourself doing all sorts of jobs. One of them led me to an announcement for the Had’rachah Seminar for Lay Leadership in Ritual Life and, giving in to a desire to expand my world, I signed up – even though religious education wasn’t officially part of the program.

When I showed up at URJ Olin Sang Ruby Union Institute (...

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