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. More than 1,200 kehilla leaders already have been trained and inspired by the dynamic Sulam program and its faculty.

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.

"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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