Articles

Strategic Planning Can Help Congregations and Its Leaders to Thrive

As part of USCJ’s Kehilla Strengthening and Transformation Department, we have noticed several common characteristics among synagogues that are thriving in the current environment. Read More

What Successful Nonprofit Board Presidents Wish They Knew

What do successful nonprofit board chairs tell us they wish they had known before they began their service? Successful board chairs focus on leveraging their best skills and building a team around them... Read More

Board Members Behaving Badly

Board members who sit on boards and don’t perform is a challenge known to almost every board, especially when it comes to their roles as fiduciaries, ambassadors and fundraisers. Below are thirteen different archetypes of “challenging trustees” and strategies for managing them. Read More

Who’s the Boss? Reporting Structures in Synagogues

Some of you may recall the 1980’s sitcom, Who’s the Boss – the premise was a lack of clarity in who was truly running the household. Having just completed a survey of nearly 600 USCJ affiliated kehillot, we are left wondering the same about today’s congregations. Read More

Trust in Transition: Mayyim Hayyim’s Recent Executive Transition

The recent leadership transition at Mayyim Hayyim Living Waters Community Mikveh and Education Center can be instructive to other organizations in transition especially those who face the change from start up to “second stage. Read More