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Kol Tefilla: Elevate Synagogue Prayer, a Shabbaton and Conference

Join us at Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, CA, from April 13-15 for a Shabbaton and Conference to experience what powerful prayer in a Conservative synagogue can look like, and receive networking, training and tools on how to raise the quality of prayer in your congregation.

For details and registration, click here.

To get inspired by the music in advance, click here.


Leadership Training for Presidents and Officers of the Board

Kehilla leaders, immerse yourselves! Sulam for Presidents and Sulam for Officers are intensive retreats aimed at preparing leaders for the responsibilities and challenges of synagogue governance, management and community building.

USCJ offers two opportunities this spring:

Sulam for Officers – April 29-30, 2018

Taking place over two days, Sulam for Officers is an intensive leadership program that arms officers with the resources and tools needed to contribute to the leadership team and to continue their climb up the leadership ladder.

Sulam for Presidents – June 7-10, 2018

Taking place over four days, including Shabbat, Sulam for Presidents is a leadership training retreat for newly elected presidents and vice presidents likely to become president in the next two years. The intimate setting allows you to spend quality time with your peers, reflect on your learning and recharge your spiritual batteries.




Resources to Help Your Congregants During Crisis

Following the Parkland, Florida, shooting, many kehilla educators and synagogue leaders have asked for resources to help support parents and students during times of fear and crisis. Click here for a select list of resources that USCJ’s Learning Enrichment team has found to be helpful for synagogue and educational settings.

thicker-line2Why Interfaith Family and USCJ Partnered to Help Conservative Synagogues Engage Interfaith Families

USCJ’s Director of Innovation Josh Rabin and Interfaith Family National Director Stacie Garnett-Cook had a frank discussion about Conservative Judaism and interfaith marriage. Read it here.


Introducing Leadership Bites

Leadership Bites is a new USCJ series of short lessons for busy leaders designed to deliver maximum impact. Video #1 addresses Giving Constructive Feedback. It will help leaders to have challenging but meaningful conversations with staff, board members and others. Watch it here.


How Inclusive Is Your Kehilla?

Jewish Disability Awareness and Inclusion Month may have ended when February did, but inclusion is a year-round proposition. Director of Learning Enrichment Ed Frim proposes a ladder of inclusion and other practical steps to be more inclusive. Read more here.

thicker-line2Study at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem This Summer

Our CY Summer Program is divided into two, three-week sessions. Build your own schedule to include dynamic Jewish learning, eye-opening walking tours of Jerusalem, immersive Hebrew ulpan and meaningful volunteer work.
Regardless of what you choose, all summer students are able to participate in special yeshiva programming, including morning prayers at the Egalitarian Kotel, community meals and guest speakers.

The CY Summer Program will expand your Jewish knowledge and skills in engaging with Jewish texts to take back home.

For more information, click here.


Leadership Resources From the USCJ Kehilla Strengthening and Transformation Department

Below you will find articles from a variety of sources about critical issues facing religious leaders today. We encourage you to read the articles and share the ones that challenge you with your kehilla and all those interested in raising the bar for leadership in the Jewish community. Articles from websites that require a subscription will be marked with an *.

  1. Managing the Irrational Mind: Psychology teaches us more and more about the ways in which mental shortcuts hurt our ability to make smart decisions. Read this article from McKinsey & Company about ways to manage our minds as we lead.
  2. Saying a Prayer I Don’t Believe In: The Mourner’s Kaddish is one of the most well-known prayers recited by Jews around the world, yet what does it mean to recite the prayer even if one does not believe in its meaning? Here is an article in The New York Times about one man’s struggle with a prayer whose meaning does not speak to him.
  3. The Role of Customer Care in Experience Transformation: Relationships matter more than ever in synagogue life, and the more we train our leaders to care about our participants, the more our congregations will thrive. Read this article from McKinsey & Company about how customer care is a keystone habit in organizational performance.
  4. Training Generation Z to Close the Workplace Gender Gap: Too many Jewish institutions fail in their responsibility to create an egalitarian workplace. Here is an article in eJewishPhilanthropy about how one institution works to ensure that emerging generations create safe and equitable workplaces.
  5. Creating a Data Culture: Every synagogue has data, yet most have no idea how to use that data to make strategic decisions. Read this article in the Stanford Social Innovation Review about changing how we use data in our organizations.

As a reminder, these articles were chosen after reviewing the following publications. If you have any suggestions on publications you would like to see reviewed, please contact Rabbi Josh Rabin, Director of Innovation, at To subscribe to the Sulam Reader or Sulam Texts, click on this link.


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