Leadership Connections #15: May 21, 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



Webinar Onboarding: Giving Leaders a Great Start

On Tuesday, May 11, Bob Leventhal, USCJ’s Director of Leadership Development, led a presentation and discussion on how to best onboard new leaders and set them up for success. You can view the presentation slides here, and the recording here.

Additional New Normal Content:

Leadership Content

Thought leadership, event information, and news for synagogue leaders

Featured Article:


Sulam for Officers

Sulam for Officers is an intensive leadership program that gives board officers and presidents resources and tools needed to contribute to the leadership team, and to support their journey up the leadership ladder. This virtual leadership development program will take place June 6-7. Register here.

Additional Leadership Content:

  • New Directors’ Institute 2021 — Starting Monday, July 12 through Thursday, July 15, there will be a conference for Synagogue Education Directors, Early Childhood Directors, Principals, Directors of Congregational Learning, Rabbi-educators and Cantor-educators who are new in these roles or who have been hired within the past two years. Register here.
  • Ma’alot: Taking Steps Towards Raising Israel Awareness – Synagogue Grants for Israel Programming — Jewish National Fund and Nefesh B’Nefesh are excited to continue the Ma’alot Grant Program to help synagogues with Israel programming. Micro-grants in the amount of $750-$1250 will be available to synagogues (U.S. synagogues only). They are now accepting applications for the 2021 Ma’alot synagogue grant year for programs that will take place from August 2021 – May 2022. Apply here.

Special Events

Upcoming events from USCJ and our partners

The Power of Reflection and Ritual

On Tuesday, June 1 at 12:00 PM ET, Nancy Parkes, Founder and CEO of JteachNOW will be guiding a webinar using reflection and ritual to gain new insight and understanding about the challenges and triumphs of this past year. 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:

As we think about moving out of the pandemic, what’s something new you tried this year that you are going to continue doing?



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.