What is Imun?

Imun is an updated version of the popular program that USCJ organized in the 1990s and early 2000s.  In 2020, we reimagined the program to better meet the current needs of today’s leaders and to take advantage of technology that is now available.

Imun is a collaborative program of USCJ, the Rabbinical Assembly, and the Cantors’ Assembly, whose purpose is to empower lay leaders of small congregations, in particular those with limited clergy support, to fill certain ritual roles such as leading a Shabbat or weekday service, running a shiva minyan, visiting the sick, or officiating at a life cycle event.  Like last year, Imun 2022 will be a completely virtual program, taking place over Zoom.

The program has 2 parts: 

·       A webinar the evening of June 9th to get to know one another and begin the learning

·       A week-long immersive program via Zoom, July 11-17

When is Imun?

Imun 2022 is scheduled for Monday, July 11th through Sunday, July 17th.  We will not be meeting over Shabbat.  The schedule for each of the 6 days will be 11am-3pm Eastern. There will also be a 2 hour social program on Thursday evening. 

Who Is Eligible to Attend?

Any member of a small USCJ affiliated congregation (up to 200 member units), who is recommended by the congregation’s rabbi or president and is able to read Hebrew is eligible. Preference will be given to members of congregations with limited or no clergy support. 

This was definitely one of those super high points in life. A bucket list item that I never knew I had!

As a Conservative Jew all of my life, it was great to see fellow Jews so committed to their communities and the hopes of keeping our movement strong despite the headwinds and challenges

What I GOT was both deeper and more rich than then what I thought I wanted. I left Imun with a deeper connection to prayer, and rather than being given the proverbial fish, I was given a deep toolkit and guide to build knowledge to lead these services and so much more.

What is the Cost?

Cost of participation is $325 per person.  It is our hope that the congregation will cover at least a portion of this cost.

How Do I Apply?

Space is limited and applications are due by May 1, 2022.

Click HERE to apply now. 

For additional information please contact [email protected].

Imun 2021 Closing Session



Cantor Sarah Levine is the cantor at West End Synagogue in Nashville, TN. Originally from Cherry Hill, New Jersey, Cantor Levine is a graduate of the Jewish Theological Seminary, where she was invested as a cantor and received an M.A. in Sacred Music and in Jewish Education. Cantor Levine served as cantor/educator for Knesset Israel in Pittsfield, Massachusetts and cantorial intern at Beth El in Bethesda, Maryland. Cantor Levine also completed a unit of clinical pastoral education at the Hospital of the University of Pennsylvania. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies and a minor in music from Temple University. Beginning August 1st, Cantor Levine will begin serving B’nai Aviv in Weston, FL.


Rabbi Rob Scheinberg is the Rabbi of the United Synagogue of Hoboken, New Jersey, a vibrant Jewish community right outside of Manhattan. Rabbi Scheinberg is also a scholar in the field of Jewish liturgy. He received his ordination and a PhD from the Jewish Theological Seminary. He served on the editorial committees for the prayerbooks for Conservative Judaism,  Mahzor Lev Shalem (2010) and Siddur Lev Shalem for Shabbat and Festivals (2016).  He teaches Liturgy to students at the Jewish Theological Seminary and the Academy for Jewish Religion, where he also serves as the Rabbi-In-Residence.  He has held various leadership positions with the Rabbinical Assembly locally and nationally, including serving on the Committee on Jewish Law and Standards. Rabbi Scheinberg lives in Hoboken with his wife, Rabbi Naomi Kalish, and their three daughters. His writings and music can be found at