Growth isn’t only about numbers; if your congregation is to grow, it must focus also on dynamic changes. Members of congregations of various sizes will share their stories of successful growth and will provide workshop participants with opportunities for practical application to their home communities.
Rabbi Elyse Wechterman has served as spiritual leader and educator at Congregation Agudas Achim, a Reconstructionist community in Attleboro, MA, since 2001. Prior to that, Rabbi Wechterman served as a congregational consultant at the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation in Philadelphia. She is a 2000 graduate of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and holds Bachelor’s degrees from Boston University in Journalism and International Relations. Rabbi Wechterman has served as student rabbi or as consultant in Salt Lake City, UT; St. Croix, US Virgin Islands; Plantation, FL; Wyncote, PA, and in many other Reconstructionist communities. Currently, Rabbi Wechterman serves on the board of the Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association, as Secretary/Treasurer of the Rhode Island Board of Rabbis, and is a member of the board of Jewish Family Service of Rhode Island. She is also a regular faculty member of Camp JRF in the Poconos. Rabbi Wechterman lives with her husband David Nerenberg and two children in Attleboro, MA.