Sulam for Presidents

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About Sulam

Sulam for Presidents is a leadership training seminar for newly elected synagogue presidents and vice presidents likely to become president in the next two years. 

In the Torah we are told that Jacob dreamed of a sulam - a ladder. Today, we see kehilla leadership as providing an opportunity for personal growth and communal vibrancy. Workshops and facilitated discussions focus on the core topics on every kehilla president’s agenda:

  • Mission and vision
  • Board development and delegation strategies
  • The power and relevance of Conservative Judaism
  • New ideas on membership engagement
  • Cultivating volunteers
  • Positive lay-professional teamwork
  • Change management
  • Fundraising and purposeful innovation
  • Communication strategies

This transformative experience takes place over a four-day retreat that peaks as participants celebrate Shabbat with new friends and colleagues. Sulam also gives presidents and vice presidents the chance to network with and learn from their peers.

A sample schedule for Sulam for Presidents can be found here. Listen to an informational webinar about Sulam for Presidents.

Take the first step up the ladder! Join us for a memorable and meaningful experience that will benefit you and your kehilla.

Sulam for Presidents will be held at Pearlstone Retreat Center in Reisterstown, MD
Two date options are available:
March 23-26, 2017
April 20-23, 2017

You can register for Sulam for Presidents here.
For more information, please contact your Kehilla Relationship Manager or Nadine Kochavi at

"I didn't expect more than to have a good time with people and learn a couple of things about being board president and leadership development for the synagogue. But in fact, the first day we talked about everything I was struggling with and needed to do as incoming president, training the board, etc. Within the first six hours, we had touched on all of our synagogue's key issues; it was a pleasant surprise. Overall it was a great experience. I am comforted that my synagogue wasn’t the only one struggling with things."

– Ellen Cervantes, President, Shomrei Torah Synagogue, West Hills, CA

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