Shallat Senior/Solo Clergy Transition Seminar


For over a decade, the URJ Shallat Senior/Solo Clergy Transition Seminar has engaged congregations in their first year of welcoming a new senior or solo clergy.  Now offered online for greater accessibility, the senior/solo clergy and president (or another senior lay leader) spend three half-days engaging with dynamic programming and leaders from across North America. Through shared learning, participants plan a successful conclusion to the integration of their new senior/solo clergy into the congregational community and acquire the tools and skills to lead their congregation through future congregational change initiatives. 

What are the goals of this seminar?

Participants in the URJ Shallat Seminar will:

  • Acquire tools and skills to develop a culture of sacred partnerships and collaboration throughout the entire congregation
  • Establish a network of support with other leaders across North America with whom they can learn and reflect about the integration of a new settled senior/solo clergy
  • Successfully conclude the integration of the senior/solo clergy into the congregation and feel empowered to lead their congregation through future congregational change

Who will benefit from this seminar? 

For a congregation to sign up, the current or incoming president or another senior lay leader and the new senior/solo clergy are required to participate.  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 three half-day online learning sessions. Participants will also be expected to complete assignments at their congregation at their own time. Suggested pre-reading shared ahead of the seminar will facilitate engagement in the sessions.

Thanks to the generosity of Rabbi Bart and Jane Shallat, the seminar is affordable for all congregations.


For more information about senior/solo clergy transition and to find out if your congregation is eligible to attend the Shallat Program Seminar, contact Rabbi Paula Winnig

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