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Emerging Leaders Resource

For the task is too heavy for you; you cannot do it alone... You shall also seek out from among all the people those who are capable and who fear God...  Let them share the burden with you.
Exodus 18:18; 21–22


Every congregation needs lay leadership to flourish and prosper in order to ensure its future. When training new congregational leaders, it is important to frame the work as sacred and holy. Emerging lay leaders in congregations need to develop general leadership skills, immerse themselves in Jewish learning, and become knowledgeable about their congregational community.

To strengthen your congregation as you identify and train a pipeline of competent and engaged future leaders, the URJ has developed the Emerging Leaders Resource, which can serve as the basis of a congregational leadership development program.

The resource includes an implementation guide and 10 modules, all developed through the lens of Jewish texts and values. The topics covered in the URJ Emerging Leaders Resource are: introduction to congregational leadership; learning about your congregational community; congregational mission, vision, and values; Reform Judaism; personal leadership style; leadership skills; congregational governance; financial responsibility of congregational leaders; being a congregational ambassador; and goal setting.

If you are a member of a URJ congregation and would like to receive access to the URJ Emerging Leaders Resource, please complete this form.

Training Opportunities for Facilitators

Training webinars for leaders who will be using the modules to train the emerging leaders at their congregations are offered four times a year. The upcoming training webinars will take place on the following dates:

Special Opportunity for Small Congregations

We recognize that small congregations may not have enough leaders to host their own leadership development program. As a result, the URJ is currently piloting a new online leadership development course for small congregations, which will take place May 28-September 5. If you are a member of a small congregation (300 member-units and less), your president can nominate 1-2 new leaders through May 15. For any questions, read our informational one-pager, register for our informational webinar on May 2, 8pm ET, or contact Leah King Kaufman (LKaufman@URJ.org).


The URJ Leadership Institute is available to assist congregations as they create and implement their leadership development programs. For any questions, contact the Leadership Institute at LeadershipInstitute@URJ.org.