Leadership Connections #3: November 5, 2020

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

The New Normal

Resources for synagogue leaders in the time of Covid

Featured Article:

Clarity of Purpose Found Through Covid-19
One synagogue’s journey to rediscover the value of their mission through the lens of a global pandemic.

Additional Resource:

  • ScholarStream
    • A Joint Initiative from the RA, USCJ, JTS, and Ziegler ScholarStream is a four part series which will give communities the opportunity to learn from some of the world’s leading scholars and engage deeply with our texts and traditions. Congregations will be able to sign on as sponsors for either or both series, offering your congregants access to all eight sessions for free.

Leadership Content

Thought leadership, event information, and news for synagogue leaders

Featured Article:

Rabbinical POVs In the Midst of the 2020 ElectionAs we wait for official 2020 election results, three rabbis — Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal (USCJ/ RA), Rabbi Andrea L. Merow (Congregation Beth Sholom, Elkins Park, PA), and Rabbi Andrew Pepperstone (Hebrew Congregation Ahavat Achim, Wichita, KS) –weigh in with their unique points of view during this contentious and challenging time.

Additional Resource:

  • Kol Tzedek: A Virtual Conference on Racial Justice
    • Join USCJ for an engaging conference on racial justice and community organizing for synagogue professionals and lay leaders. Interact with experts, hear success stories from synagogues doing important justice work, and gain tools to initiate and build on social justice work in your community.
  • USY’s Super Sunday
    • Mark your calendar for Sunday, November 15th 2020. USY is launching our very first Super Sunday! As we embark on the new year, we are gearing up for this terrific opportunity to reach out to our donors and community and to ask for support.

Talk to Us!

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 opportunity, about which of the following groups that have been historically excluded from Jewish life do you feel your synagogue has the most to learn/ improve inclusive practices?

  • Individuals with emotional/ learning disabilities
  • Individuals with physical disabilities
  • Members of the LGBTQ+ community
  • Interfaith individuals/ families
  • Jews of color
  • Others

Answer here