Human Resources

Your synagogue may have stunning architecture, the latest sound system, and an ark full of sifrei Torah (books of Torah). Nothing, however, will help it flourish more than the people you select to help manage and maintain it. Identifying the right employment candidates isn’t easy and overseeing staff is even harder. But manage them well and they’ll help you thrive.

USCJ helps congregations navigate the complexities of being an employer, advising on best practices in hiring and onboarding, employee relations, evaluations, policies and procedures and often difficult legal issues. We annually consult with dozens of synagogues, providing advice on a broad range of topics.

Should you need legal support, we can connect you with our outside employment counsel, a national law firm with a dedicated employment law practice.

I was so impressed and grateful for the advice I received from (USCJ’s Senior Director of HR) Vivian Lewis. She is clearly a seasoned HR professional and knew just how to support me and help me think through the options and what would be best for our particular situation. Having access to a top-notch HR professional is one of the major reasons I support our continued involvement with USCJ.

Mediation and Arbitration

For over 70 years, the USCJ Committee on Kehilla Standards has provided high quality, free alternative dispute resolution (ADR) services to our synagogues, their clergy, and their professional staff, including executive directors, synagogue administrators, and educators.

The ADR program is administered by USCJ Standards Chair, Ed Rudofsky, an attorney and Certified Mediator who has overseen the program for the past 15 years, and USCJ’s Central District Synagogue Consultant Mindy Gordon.

We certainly hope that the partnership between professional staff and congregational leadership never sours. On rare occasions, when both parties flounder, but still wish to find a path of reunification or an amicable and respectful separation, a compassionate and motivated third party can make all the difference. Skilled facilitation toward understanding, reasonability and compromise can light the path, and that is what the USCJ Alternate Dispute Resolution program offers.