Developing Leaders

Developing leaders is critical to the success of congregations. Each congregation should strive to have a pipeline of lay leaders who work in sacred partnership with clergy and professionals or amongst themselves.

As a result of the evolving COVID-19 situation, the URJ canceled all in-person activities for summer 2020 and continues to monitor the pandemic in order to determine the future of scheduled programming for the rest of 2020 and beyond. See our Calendar of Virtual Events and learn more about digital programming for children and families.  

The URJ offers a variety of training and engagement opportunities and resources that emphasize critical thinking and practical skills.

The Scheidt Seminar

Funded through the generosity of the Scheidt family, the annual URJ Scheidt Seminar for Presidents and Presidents-Elect convenes congregational presidents to learn, network, build relationships, and enhance leadership skills. It serves as a springboard for learning throughout presidents' terms.

Board Workshops

A URJ board workshop is a 5-6 hour workshop, included in your URJ membership, tailored to your congregation’s individual needs and interest. URJ-trained lay leaders or staff will work with your congregation to create and facilitate an interactive session at your congregation.

Developing New Leaders

The URJ is developing a resource of self-guided modules, to strengthen your congregation as you identify and train a pipeline of competent, engaged future leaders. In this guide, there are a variety of materials to help you train the next generation of leaders.

Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program

In July, many congregations begin or continue the process of rabbinic transition. The URJ can help congregational leaders and clergy through this process.

Small Congregations Worship Training

The URJ Had'rachah Program trains lay leaders from small congregations with a single clergy member or no full-time clergy to conduct worship services and life cycle events.

Building a Culture of Philanthropy

Raising money is a fact of congregational life, but many congregations are finding that the tried and true practices that worked for generations no longer resonate with today’s synagogue members.