Leadership Connections #46: August 7, 2023

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

Leadership Content

News, thought leadership articles, and past event information

Featured Article:


Coming Together: Reflections on Attending President Herzog’s Speech to the US Congress


Rabbi Jacob Blumenthal, CEO or USCJ and the Rabbinical Assembly reflects on the joint session of the United States Congress to welcome the President of Israel, Isaac Herzog. Read his full blog post about the visit by clicking here.

  • USCJ Resource: Ten Tips for Enhancing Your High Holiday Campaign
    The High Holidays are just around the corner. To help you prepare for your High Holiday campaign we are providing you with multiple resources. You can read our blog post about enhancing your campaign here, and view the webinar recording here. For copies of the slides from the webinar view them here. And you can use sample campaign letters here.
  • We’re Blasting into the New Year: Be Featured on USCJ’s Social Media
    Help us blast in a sweet New Year with a video clip of shofar blowing! It can be a new clip or something you already have. We’d especially love to get clips of a variety of diverse community members, including youth, to include in our compilation. It can be a silly video of a first attempt or an expert shofar blaster.

    Please send your MP4 file to USCJ Marketing Director Andi Kahclamat at [email protected] by Friday, August 18.

  • Conservative/Masorti Shabbaton & Convening this December!
    We have some exciting updates to share about the Conservative/Masorti Shabbaton & Convening in Baltimore!

    In this email, you’ll find the latest news, including speakers, workshops, and more surprises. We’re still finalizing details, but we promise to keep you informed as we go.

    Don’t miss out on the early bird discount – ending September 1 – secure your spot now! Register here.

  • Featured USCJ Digital Marketplace Vendor: Eric Winick
    Our featured vendor this month is Eric Winick. At his company, Winick Marketing & Advocacy, they want to serve as your communications advocate, help you tell your story, and position your organization for success. Whether it’s branding, audio and video content creation, member or constituent activation projects, copywriting, website content audits, email marketing, paid and organic social media, fractional executive leadership, or other (long or short term) projects, they want to know how they can collaborate. Learn more on USCJ’s Digital Marketplace.
  • Have You Visited the USCJ Digital Marketplace?
    We are continuing to grow our USCJ Digital Marketplace. We’ve added several new vendors this month and are well on our way to becoming the one stop shop to find vendors connected to synagogue life. Visit the site to see for yourself.

    In order to be listed vendors must pay a subscription fee. The vendors are not recommended by USCJ. Before purchasing goods, products or services from any vendor, it is important that each congregation or affiliate conduct its own due diligence, compare pricing, consult with its own professionals and consultants, and decide for itself whether dealing with the vendor is in the best interests of the congregation. Please read our Terms and Conditions here.

  • ExploringJudaism: New for the High Holidays
    ExploringJudaism.org is excited to share new Torah on a weekly basis. With the coming month of Elul we will begin sharing high holiday prep materials in mid-August. Original content from our team of creators with discussion activities for individuals, families and communities.
  • USY is Getting Ready for Summer 2024!
    Summer 2023 is coming to an end but that only means one thing! Time to start thinking about your plans for next summer. Be the first to know about USY Summer 2024 offerings by filling out our interest form. Early Bird registration will be opening in September.
  • Nativ 2023-24
    Recommend a student to attend Nativ this fall and they are automatically qualified for a $1,000 tuition* discount! We also offer additional generous scholarships of up to $15,000. Check out this video to learn more. Apply here today.

    *Discount applies to the Hebrew University and Ulpan tracks because of grant sources.

Synagogue Spotlight

Share your stories, programs, and events:


Each month we will feature one program, story, or event from one of our synagogues. This is an opportunity to highlight you and the amazing work you are doing. We want to maximize the power of our network, and give you the space to share your ideas, learn from each other, and be inspired. We hope you will participate by sharing a success. Please check back in this space next month for our next spotlight.

USCJ affiliated synagogues can submit information via this easy-to-use Google form, and email Rivka at [email protected] if you have any further questions. Share here.

We’re Hiring!

Come join our team! We’re hiring the following positions.

  • Los Angeles USY City Director
  • HR Assistant

Click the link here to view all of our open positions. Please share with anyone you think would be interested.


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.