The artwork on this note card was created by 5768 WRJ Art Calendar artist Césan d’Ornellas Levine.
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 11 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; goal setting; and social justice.
Members of URJ congregations can access the URJ Emerging Leaders Resource in The Tent, and can reach out to the URJ Leadership Institute (LeadershipInstitute@URJ.org) for additional support.
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:
We recognize that small congregations may not have enough leaders to host their own leadership development program. As a result, the URJ will be offering an online leadership development course for small congregations, which will take place January 27-July 3, 2020. This program will strengthen participants’ leadership skills, connect them to a network of support, and allow them to bring the learning back to their congregation. Emerging leaders will participate in online learning sessions, attend virtual calls with a URJ teacher and their cohort, and complete an action project that will allow them to practice their new leadership skills in their congregation. Nominations for this course will open in the coming weeks.
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.