Leadership Connections #11: March 19, 2021

Welcome to Leadership Connections, a twice monthly publication for synagogue leaders and clergy from USCJ.

The New Normal

Resources for synagogue leaders in the time of Covid



Pandemic Milestones

It’s been one year since the pandemic began. As we reflect back on the past year and look toward the next, there are a number of articles, webinars, and resources available from some of our member synagogues to aid in marking this moment.

Additional Pandemic Milestones Content:

Additional New Normal Content

  • Member Engagement in the Age of COVID: What Have We Learned? — Tuesday, April 6, 2021, join this webinar to learn some of the information and insights from the recent USCJ and NAASE Synagogue Membership Survey. Register here.
  • Pre-Pesach Siyum –Rabbis, communities, congregations, and individuals are all welcome to join us for the traditional Pre-Pesah Siyum (conclusion to learning a Jewish text). Register here.

Leadership Content

Thought leadership, event information, and news for synagogue leaders

Featured Article:

Scenarios of Strength: Idea Generator

We are asking synagogues’ leadership, both lay and professional, to now look to the future and develop creative solutions for the in-person/virtual engagement dilemma of our post pandemic environment.

The three strongest ideas will receive seed money to implement their visions. Submissions must be received by 5:00 pm Pacific Time on April 14, 2021. More information here.

Additional Leadership Content:

  • Sign Up For Imun 2021 — Imun 2021 is an updated version of the popular Imun program that USCJ organized in the 1990s and early 2000s. It is a collaborative program of USCJ, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Cantors’ Assembly, meant to empower lay leaders of small congregations, to fill certain ritual roles such as leading a Shabbat or weekday service, running a shiva minyan, visiting the sick, or officiating at a life cycle event. Registrations are due by May 1, 2021. Read about the faculty and program here. Register here.

One Question Survey

We want to hear from you so that we can tailor future content, events, and resources to exactly what you need.

This edition’s featured question:

Given the events and challenges of the past year, we are interested in learning about your synagogue’s current level of member engagement. Compared to the same time last year, are your members currently more engaged, the same, or less engaged?

  • More Engaged
  • The Same
  • Less Engaged



District synagogue consultants are available to offer guidance on a variety of issues. Find your district and look up your synagogue consultant’s contact information by clicking here.