In my blog post "When Less is More: The Role of the Executive Director," I suggest a simplified job description for temple executive directors:
“Working in sacred partnership with clergy, staff and lay leaders, the executive director shall oversee the day-to-day operations of the synagogue. All the rest is commentary, now go and get to work.”
Too short? Perhaps. Too simple? Probably. However, as it would be very difficult to capture the wide variety of tasks and...Read More
The 2016 elections drew immense attention to religious identities and values. The news reported on a flood of hateful rhetoric about immigrants, women, people with disabilities, people of color, and religious minorities. Muslim Americans experienced the highest levels of hate crimes since the period immediately following 9/11. And state legislatures across the country introduced and passed an onslaught of...Read More
Today, more than ever, congregations that wish to remain relevant and effective centers of Jewish living must articulate their “why” – the reason they exist and the reason people should invest time and energy in them. Unlike in past generations, when regular deliveries of congregants and funding driven by a sense of obligation were the norm, congregations today need to express in their why exactly what the community has set out to achieve – and what that means for congregants and prospective congregants.
When congregations lose track of their why (often incorporated in a mission...Read More
As we look toward Tu BiSh’vat and the emergence of spring, we are called to think about the environment that surrounds us and our connection to the land we inhabit. We are asked to consider our obligation to care for God’s world.
Reform leaders are responding to the call to fight against climate change and environmental injustice: congregations in the Reform Movement are becoming catalysts for protecting our planet; lay leaders and clergy are becoming environmental stewards in their communities; they have taken...Read More
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