How To Successfully Integrate and Use Reconstructionism in Synagogue Processes
Determining values that underlie congregational life can provide the framework for a viable approach to engaging and vibrant Judaism. Values-based decision making (VBDM) and similar processes can help to make your congregation uniquely Reconstructionist – this workshop will present models of how.
Rabbi Shawn Israel Zevit, is the Director of Outreach & Tikkun Olam, and a congregational consultant and resource developer for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation. He is a founding member of Shabbat Unplugged and the Davenning Leaders’ Training Institute, and a spiritual director for numerous clergy and communities. He has written and developed resources and delivered workshops in the areas of community building, leadership, prayer, interactive midrash, contemporary views of GOD, prayer and spiritual leadership skills, money and Jewish values, social justice issues, Jewish environmental concerns and Jewish men's issues. He is the author of "Offerings of the Heart: Money and Values in Faith Community (Alban, 2005) and a forthcoming book for Jewish Men.
Dr. Rabbi David Teutsch has been a builder of religious community since becoming a congregational rabbi over thirty years ago. He is the Wiener Professor of Contemporary Jewish Civilization and director of the Levin-Lieber Program in Jewish Ethics at the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College, where he served as president for nearly a decade. He previously served as executive director of the JRF. The editor in chief of the groundbreaking Kol Haneshamah prayer book series published by JRF’s Reconstructionist Press, he has also authored several other books including Imagining the Jewish Future and five volumes in the series A Guide to Jewish Practice published by RRC Press. A renowned consultant and trainer, he pioneered values-based decision making.
Carl A. Sheingold began serving in September 2004 as the executive vice president of JRF. Previously he was management professor in the Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service and director of the Fisher Bernstein Institute for Leadership Development in Jewish Philanthropy at Brandeis University. He served as part of the senior management of the Council of Jewish Federations and as executive director of the National Havurah Committee. Carl earned his doctorate in sociology from Harvard University and before beginning his work in the Jewish community held faculty positions at Cornell and Brown universities. His career has spanned many settings — academic and organizational, mainstream and cutting edge, community organization, religious/cultural, and in community relations.
It is not uncommon to find that a congregation lacks new leaders under development to succeed current leaders when their terms of service end. Cultivation and training of new leaders requires advance planning, training and experience. This session will address how to create a well-functioning congregational leadership development committee that will support current leaders and cultivate leaders for the future. It will also generally address the kinds of training that can support a congregational governance system and its leaders to function most successfully.
You can listen to the audio recording of this call by clicking here: http://jrf.org/node/2603
Carol Feder is an Independent organization development consultant with focus on working with non-profit organizations including many Jewish local and national organizations. Carol received a B.A. from the University of Pennsylvania., an M.S.W. from Catholic University, and an M.S. in Organizational Development from American University. Carol is a founding member of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD, where she has held many offices including Chair of first Capital Campaign and most recently, immediate past co-president, and is a founding member of the Tikkun Olam Women’s Foundation of Greater Washington. She is a member of the Board of Governors and Executive Committee, Chair of Leadership Development and Nominating Committee at Reconstructionist Rabbinical College. Carol and her husband Jack have three grown children including a daughter who has been a camper and staff member of Camp JRF for the past six summers.
Rabbi Nancy Epstein (RRC '06) is the Director of Congregational Relations for the Jewish Reconstructionist Federation (JRF). Nancy has worked with communities for over 30 years, holding positions of leadership in the areas of community organizing, nonprofit management, public policy, legislation and advocacy. She is trained in systems-centered approaches to organizational development and as a mediator of interpersonal and complex policy disputes and has served as a consultant to professional associations, not-for-profit organizations, universities, and national foundations. In addition to her role at JRF, Rabbi Epstein serves as an Associate Professor of Community Health at the Drexel University School of Public Health.