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Leadership Institute

The Leadership Institute offers a variety of training and engagement opportunities that emphasize critical thinking and practical skills in an effort to inspire sacred action within Jewish communities. Programs support leaders, both lay and professional, throughout their leadership term and growth.

Select a current program below to learn more.

Scholar Sessions on Leadership

The Scholar Series on Leadership presents opportunities to learn with thought-leaders in the area of congregational leadership. Each scholar will focus on a different area relevant to congregational leaders. 

Board Workshops

Tailored workshops for congregational boards, designed and facilitated by trained lay leaders and URJ staff in consultation with your congregation. 

Scheidt Seminar for Presidents & Presidents-Elect

The Scheidt Seminar is a North American training institute for congregational presidents and presidents-elect.

Online Learning Series on Governance

The URJ is pleased to offer a five-session Online Learning Series on Governance. The series will provide congregational leaders the opportunity to learn about the fundamental principles of good governance, strategies for conducting meetings and developing leaders, and key questions to help determine the proper size and structure of your board.

Developing New Leaders

The Emerging Leadership Initiative provides self-guided modules to help congregations identify and train a pipeline of competent, engaged future leaders.

Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program

The Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program & Retreat is for congregations in rabbinic transition. President and rabbi teams participate together.

Small Congregations Worship Training

The Had'rachah Seminar provides training for small congregation leaders to lead services and conduct life cycle ceremonies.