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Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program

About the URJ Shallat Program

The URJ Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program guides congregations through a senior/solo rabbinic transition. Through shared learning about transition management, participants plan and implement their rabbi’s successful integration into the congregational community. 

What are the goals of this program?

Participants in the URJ Shallat Program will:

  • Acquire tools and skills to develop a culture of sacred partnerships and collaboration throughout the entire congregation
  • Establish a network of support with additional leaders across North America with whom they can learn and reflect about the integration of a new settled rabbi
  • Feel empowered to lead their congregation through a healthy transition process and future congregational change
Who will benefit from this program? 

For a congregation to sign up, the current or incoming president and the new senior/solo rabbi are required to participate. Additional lay and/or professional leaders are welcome to participate in the learning sessions as well. Your entire congregational community will benefit from this concentrated focus on transition management and fostering sacred partnerships.

What are the logistics?

The format of this program includes six live online learning sessions, as well as an in-person meeting at the URJ Biennial that participants are strongly encouraged to attend. Participants will also be expected to complete assignments at their congregation at their own time.

Congregations are eligible to attend during the year that they undergo a rabbinic transition.

Thanks to the generosity of the Shallat family, this program is offered to URJ member congregations free of charge. We only ask participants to commit to participating consistently throughout the year.


For more information about congregational transition and the URJ Shallat Retreat, contact Rabbi Janet Offel at or Rabbi David Fine