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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.

The Scholar Series on Leadership

An opportunity 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

A North American Training Institute for Congregational Presidents and Presidents-Elect

Emerging Leaders Initiative

Self-guided modules to help congregations identify and train a pipeline of competent, engaged future leaders.


For congregations in rabbinic transition, president and rabbi teams participate together.

Had'rachah Seminar

Training for small congregation leaders to lead services and conduct life cycle ceremonies.