Sulam Leadership for Presidents

Mark your calendars: Sulam for Presidents will take place at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland on March 10-13, 2016 and May 19-22, 2016!

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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.

2016 Dates

Next year, Sulam for Presidents will take place on the following dates:

  • March 10-13, 2016 at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland
  • May 19-22, 2016 at the Pearlstone Conference and Retreat Center in Reisterstown, Maryland


  • Single Room: $850
  • Double Room: $750 (We will assign a roommate.)

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Payment and Cancellation Policy:
A nonrefundable $300 deposit is required, with the full balance to be paid on or before January 1 for March session and March 1 for May session.
There is an early bird reduction if payment is in full by December 31 for March session and February 20 for May session. 

After registering, you can pay here using the following buttons:
Single Room ($850)    
Double Room ($750) 
Single Room Early Bird ($800)   
Double Room Early Bird ($700)   
Deposit ($300)

Cancellation Policy
USCJ will be incurring expenses based upon your enrollment.  Accordingly, applications may be withdrawn only in writing.  In the event of withdrawal, the balance due will be waived only if notice of withdrawal from the March session is received no later than January 30, or withdrawal from the May session is received no later than March 30.  In the event of withdrawal after the withdrawal deadline, the full balance will be due, however, you may substitute another qualified participant in your place, up to fifteen (15) days prior to the program commencement date, upon payment of a $50 processing fee.

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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