Sulam for Emerging Leaders
Check out this great article from the New Jersey Jewish Standard about the impact of Sulam for Emerging Leaders at Fair Lawn Jewish Center. The power of the SEL experience is captured by this quotation from the article: “Some members said it was the best leadership training they’d ever been to,” said Rabbi Ronald Roth.
Do you want to rebuild the leadership pipeline for your kehilla (congregation)? Sulam for Emerging Leaders is the first step.
Sulam for Emerging Leaders (SEL) is United Synagogue’s new leadership engagement initiative to develop “emerging” leaders in kehillot (congregations) throughout North America. The program provides kehillot with a dynamic curriculum to engage and energize participants in meaningful conversations about how communal involvement in a Conservative kehilla can enhance their lives. We consider “emerging leaders” to be 35-45 year old or empty nesters with discretionary time.
Implemented in local kehillot, Sulam for Emerging Leaders is led by a rabbi and facilitator team, modeling partnership and collaboration. Each brings their unique perspectives, passion and gifts to the table and shares them with the group. The SEL curriculum is designed to be customized and augmented by the local facilitation team – the rabbi and volunteer trainer.
The cornerstone of SEL is its ability to connect participants’ personal stories to the larger narrative of the Jewish people. SEL encourages emerging leaders to enhance their personal engagement within the kehilla in the short term, and to eventually seek a seat at the leadership table to ensure future meaningful opportunities for the entire community.
The goal of SEL is to show emerging leaders the relevancy of Judaism to their lives in a profound manner and then leverage this insight and inspiration to inform their emerging identities as Jewish leaders. It also has profound effects on the trainers.
The impact of Sulam for Emerging Leaders is best summed up by Rabbi Micah Caplan of Congregation Or Chadash in Scottsdale, AZ, who led one of the pilot groups:
"Sulam (for Emerging Leaders) has changed me as a person. It has brought me closer to working with the president; we learn together and really network. It brought me a different kind of relationship with each individual, with new congregants. I see how holy relationships can become. I didn’t know it would bring a group so close together. I wasn’t expecting it to turn people on. I didn’t know it would have that much magic; it just happened."
The program provides your kehilla with a dynamic six-part curriculum to energize and inspire participants in meaningful conversations about how communal involvement in a Conservative kehilla can enhance their lives. SEL encourages emerging leaders to enhance their personal engagement within the kehilla in the short term, and to eventually seek a seat at the leadership table.
Our Sulam Leadership team is available to help you determine whether you and your kehilla are ready to be part of this exciting continental learning network. Contact your KRM for more information. SEL is open to all USCJ kehillot in good standing.
If you have questions about the application process or the program itself, please contact your KRM or the KST department at firstname.lastname@example.org or at 212-533-0800.