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Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers a variety of training and engagement opportunities that emphasize critical thinking and practical skills in an effort to inspire sacred action within Jewish communities. Programs support leaders, both lay and professional, throughout their leadership term and growth.

Select a current program below to learn more.

Scheidt Seminar for Presidents & Presidents-Elect

The Scheidt Seminar is a North American training institute for congregational presidents and presidents-elect.

Board Workshops

Tailored workshops for congregational boards, designed and facilitated by trained lay leaders and URJ staff in consultation with your congregation. 

URJ Congregational Benchmarking & Assessment Project


Developing New Leaders

Emerging Leaders Initiative

The Emerging Leadership Resource provides self-guided modules to help congregations identify and train a pipeline of competent, engaged future leaders.

Financial Leaders Training Course

The URJ will be offering a series of online financial training courses for congregational leaders.

Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program

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The Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program & Retreat is for congregations in rabbinic transition. President and rabbi teams participate together.

Small Congregations Worship Training

The Had'rachah Seminar provides training for small congregation leaders to lead services and conduct life cycle ceremonies.

Scholar Sessions on Leadership

URJ Scholar Series

The Scholar Series on Leadership presents opportunities to learn with thought-leaders in the area of congregational leadership. Each scholar will focus on a different area relevant to congregational leaders. 

URJ Online Learning Series on Creating a Culture of Philanthropy

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What are the best principles of development for relevant and innovative congregations? 

Online Learning Series on Governance

The URJ is pleased to offer a five-session Online Learning Series on Governance. The series will provide congregational leaders the opportunity to learn about the fundamental principles of good governance, strategies for conducting meetings and developing leaders, and key questions to help determine the proper size and structure of your board.

Clergy and Congregational Professional Review

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Review of clergy, professional staff and the role of lay leadership is essential for the health and vitality of 21st century congregational communities. After all, if synagogues are, among other things, learning communities, what better place to start than to learn about the synagogue? Done well, reviews have the potential to reveal new insights, goals, and directions and foster a deeper awareness of the relationship among professionals, lay leaders and the congregational community.