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Shallat Rabbinic Transition Program & Retreat

The 2016-17 Shallat Seminar

The Shallat Rabbinic Program and Retreat will take place at the Doubletree at DFW in Dallas, TX on December 4- 5, 2016.

If you are the president of congregation that will undergo rabbinic transition as of July 1st, 2016, you are eligible to attend the 2016-17 Shallat Seminar with your new solo or senior rabbi. Want to be notified when registration opens for the 2016-17 Shallat Seminar? Fill out our expression of interest form.

About the Shallat Seminar

In July, many congregations begin or continue the process of rabbinic transition. The URJ can help congregational leaders and clergy through this process.

Why focus on our rabbinic transition? 

Focusing on rabbinic transition in your congregation's life allows you to create a deliberate, meaningful, thoughtful and strategic plan for helping your congregational family welcome your new rabbi (and family) into your sacred community. Equally important, it can help your new rabbi understand your congregation's unique system and culture. Such a strategy can help ensure the success of your congregation and will improve both the longevity of your rabbi's tenure and depth of impact in your congregation.

Who will benefit from this program? 

Your entire congregational community will benefit from this concentrated focus on the new rabbinic-congregational partnership. The Shallat Retreat is open to rabbis and congregational presidents (or incoming presidents) currently in their first year of rabbinic transition.

What is the Shallat Retreat? 

The Shallat Retreat is a highly subsidized two-day retreat for congregational presidents and their new rabbis in the winter of their first year together. Rabbis and presidents will be provided time to "retreat" and assess their developing partnership. Specialists in the field of rabbinic transition and succession management will lead the rabbi/president teams through topics such as listening to your constituency, building partnerships (lay and professional), mutual and ongoing review in the synagogue, vision and others.

During the Retreat you can expect:

  • Rabbis and presidents will be provided time to "retreat" and assess their developing partnership
  • There will be opportunities for small group work designed to address the different needs of congregations based upon congregational size and type of rabbinic change
  • Specialists in the field of rabbinic transition and synagogue management will lead the rabbi/president teams through topics such as listening to your constituency, building partnerships (lay and professional), mutual and ongoing review in the synagogue, strategic visioning and others

From recent attendees:

The conference was fantastic and gives (the president) and me a shared language. We drove home together and talked for a few hours about some of the theoretical principals as introduced (systems theory, congregational size, leadership styles) and were able to relate them directly to our own congregation. I am delighted that the URJ continues to provide such high level programming. I am grateful that generous folks like the Shallats continue to help my colleagues at the URJ bring their expertise to the people out here in congregation-land. Kol Ha Kavod to all.

As an attendee at this past weekend's Shallat Rabbinic Transition Retreat, I would like to take this moment to thank the URJ for developing and facilitating this excellent program. Both (the rabbi) and I found the material to be very engaging - we continued our discussion through our three-hour trip back to our congregation! I also would like to thank Rabbi Bart and Jane Shallat and the Shallat-Rapaport Foundation for their extremely generous funding of this program. Without such funding it is doubtful that we would have been able to attend. I sincerely hope that they continue to support this very important program .

Questions?

For more information about congregational transition and the Shallat Retreat, contact Rabbi Janet Offel at (213) 765-2667 or JOffel@urj.org, or Rabbi David Fine at (212) 452-6724 or DFine@urj.org.