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NEWS

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Q&A with Cardin Award Winner Jaclyn Danziger

USCJ’s annual Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Award recognizes an emerging Jewish lay leader who is making a difference in advancing the values of an authentic and dynamic Judaism. We asked winner Jaclyn Danziger a few questions about the work she’s done at her synagogue. Read her responses here.

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USY is so much more than just a youth movement. See what teens and parents have to say about it, and the many opportunities to travel, make new friends, grow and embody Jewish values in this video.

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EVENTS

thicker-line2Attend Kol Tefilla: Elevate Synagogue Prayer, a Shabbaton and Conference

You are invited to join The United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and Temple Beth Am in Los Angeles, 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. Immerse yourself! Find the latest details and register here. Also, get inspired by the music in advance by clicking here.

thicker-line2Tap Into Leadership Training for Presidents and Officers of the Board

Help your leadership orchestrate success. Sulam for Presidents and Sulam for Officers prepare your leadership for the responsibilities and challenges that lay ahead.

Two opportunities to gather:

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.

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RESOURCES

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Join This Webinar and Book Discussion: Next Generation Judaism

March 13, 2018 26 Adar, 5778

Every synagogue says that it wants to focus on engagement, but do we really understand the unique needs of Jews in our communities across age groups, interests and passions?

Rabbi Mike Uram’s book Next Generation Judaism is a powerful wake-up call to Jewish organizations about what Hillel can teach us about better understanding under-engaged Jews so that we can create institutions that genuinely meet their needs. Join us for this special webinar to hear first-hand about how this book can frame the way your synagogue thinks about the future of Jewish life in North America.

Click here to register now.

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Torah in the Streets: Access Study Materials from Rabbi Noa Kushner

At USCJ Convention, Rabbi Noa Kushner, the founding rabbi of The Kitchen, spoke about lessons synagogues can learn from her experience creating a dynamic religious start-up in San Francisco. We created a study packet with the text of Rabbi Kushner’s talk paired with discussion questions you can use with your kehilla (Jewish community) leadership. Her remarks will challenge and inspire and signal the emerging future synagogues need to embrace.

Click here for the study packet.

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Torah Sparks

Brush up on the weekly parashat hashavuah with the latest edition of Torah Sparks from our experts at the Conservative Yeshiva in Jerusalem. Sign up here to have it delivered right to your in-box!

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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. Bad Decisions Can Undermine Good Innovation: Your organization may have innovative ideas, but if you cannot execute them, all the ideas in the world will not matter. Read this article from Tech Crunch about ensuring your organization has a decision-making process that allows for innovative ideas to flourish.
  2. Leadership Development: It Isn’t All About You: Leaders need to learn constantly, yet one of the most important lessons a leader can learn is that any organization is bigger than one person. Here is an article from the Korn Ferry Institute about emotional intelligence and leadership development.
  3. We Too: If the Jewish community wants to ensure it leads the way in society’s response to the #MeToo movement, then the community needs to change our culture in enormous ways. Read this article in eJewishPhilanthropy about the ways in which Jewish leaders must respond to #MeToo and issues of harassment.
  4. Opportunities for Data-Driven Program Evaluation: Program evaluation requires data, yet most organizations avoid collecting data about their programs. Here is an article from the Stanford Social Innovation Review about data in program evaluation.
  5. The Internet Made Americans More Casual About Religion: The Internet affects every aspect of society, and religion is no exception. Read this article from Gizmodo about the way the Internet affects how Americans think about religion.

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 rabin@uscj.org. To subscribe to the Sulam Reader or Sulam Texts, click on this link

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