Leadership Connections #52: February 5, 2024

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:

New – Passover Your Way Toolkit

We recently shared our Passover edition of our new Holidays Your Way Series. We’re excited to share this kit with you as an added value and with gratitude for your USCJ membership! We will be sharing these resources for all major holidays to help you engage with your communities. View full email here.

USY Updates

  • Introducing USY’s Monthly Newsletter
    Shalom! We are thrilled to welcome you to the first edition of our newsletter, a vibrant tapestry of news, insights, and exciting happenings within our USY community. As we embark on this journey together, we invite you to explore thoughtful insights into Judaism, stay aware of the dynamic developments in Israel, and dive into the heartwarming stories unfolding within our youth group. Read it here.
  • USY Summer Programs Registration is Open!
    4 Reasons for Teens to Spend Summer with USY:

    1. Develop their own Jewish identity
    2. Embrace the Jewish community across North America
    3. Deepen their connection to Israel and create and make an impact
    4. Create memories that will last a lifetime

    Register TODAY!

  • USY LEAP Grants Second Round- Deadline to apply is February 15th!
    We are excited to announce another opportunity for our USY and Gesher chapters, USY LEAP (Local Engagement and Partnership). USY LEAP is a program meant to encourage groundbreaking programming and innovation in the local USY chapter. The ultimate goal is to support the chapter in the ability to reach out to more teens and engage them on the chapter level. We strongly encourage multi-chapter programs when able.Past recipients have used their funds to reduce costs for an interchapter program, off-site programs and additional staff support to do outreach to potential members.
    Deadline for Applications is February 15. Learn more and apply here.

USCJ Digital Marketplace

From Our Partners

  • Join the Social Justice Commission
    The Rabbinical Assembly has composed a Movement-wide Social Justice Commission (SJC). This volunteer group is open to any USCJ community leader (staff and lay), Women’s League or Men’s Club member, Movement partner member, RA/CA member clergy, NAASE or JEA member, and faculty, staff, and students of AJU, JTS, Seminaro, and Schechter Institutes. The SJC is actively seeking new members. For any questions, please reach out to Jacki Honig, Social Justice Project Manager, [email protected].
  • The RA Bookstore Has Two New Discount Codes
    Discount Code for RA/CA members:
    The Member Discount is available to RA & CA members ordering on their own behalf. This is a 35% discount that applies to the entire order with no quantity minimum using the code 5784member.Discount Code for Movement-Affiliated Institutions:
    The Movement Discount is available to Conservative / Masorti affiliated institutions as well as unaffiliated institutions that employ RA or CA members as clergy. This is a 35% discount that applies to the entire order with a minimum order cost of $160 before shipping or discounts, or minimum order quantity of 20 books. Eligible institutions can use the code 5784movement to receive this discount on qualifying orders.

USCJ Events

Upcoming events from USCJ
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Movement Partner Events

Upcoming events from our partners
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We’re Hiring!

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

  • USY Program Coordinator (Part-Time)
  • USY Program Coordinator (Part-Time SWUSY)
  • USY Program Coordinator (Part-Time ECRUSY)
  • Racial Justice and Inclusion Specialist

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.