The Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

Seminars for Lay Leaders

hands-on seminars and workshops for congregational lay leaders on topics such as membership recruitment, integration/retention, synagogue archiving, social action, and synagogue administration.

Synagogue Management Symposium

a conference for congregational lay leaders and administrators focusing on various aspects of planning, administration, and financial management. The Synagogue Management Symposium is held every other year in cooperation with the New England Region of the United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism and the Northeast Council of UAHC.

This year, the Symposium is being held on Thursday, March 23, 2000 from 4:30 to 9:30 p.m., hosted by Temple Emanuel of Newton. For detailed information about the symposium, call (617) 244-6506 ext. 17

"Creating a Vision for the 21st Century Synagogue"

a conference for anyone involved in the administration of synagogues - officers, clergy, committee chairs, committee members, and professional administrators

The Most Important Symposium on Synagogue Administration

That You Can Attend This Year!

Thursday, March 23, 2000, 4:30 to 9:30 p.m.

at Temple Emanuel

385 Ward Street, Newton Centre, Massachusetts


• a comprehensive address on the critical elements involved in creating a vision for the synagogue of the future

• hands-on exhibits and demonstrations of the latest high-tech tools to enhance your synagogue's communication network

• workshops on critical aspects of synagogue management

• an opportunity to meet other synagogue leaders and vendors from across Massachusetts

• an information sharing table on various topics of interest

Sponsored by:

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

UAHC, Northeast Council

USCJ, New England Region

Jewish Resource Network Initiative

Corporate Sponsors:

Merrimack Valley Business Machines

Advantage Payroll Services of Newton

Catering by Izzy's

Sands Custom Graphics

Conference Schedule

4:30 p.m. Mini High-Tech Fair, Registration and Refreshments

Hands-on Demonstrations of the Latest Relevant Technologies

Display of Synagogue Brochures and Literature

Opportunity to Chat with Consortia Providers and to Sample their Wares

6:00 p.m. Greetings and Opening Session

6:15 p.m. Elegant Buffet Dinner

6:45 p.m. Keynote Presentation and Discussion

"Creating Your Synagogue's Vision for the 21st Century "

Professor David Breakstone, Team Consulting Project Adviser,

Master of Management Program, Heller Graduate School, Brandeis University

Dr. Sherry Israel, Faculty, Hornstein Program in Jewish Communal Service, Brandeis University

8:00 to 9:30 p.m. Workshops

Strategic Planning A continuation of the keynote theme, with veterans of the strategic planning process discussing the how-to's, as well as the pitfalls of creating and implementing a strategic plan for your synagogue. Information sharing among the participants will be encouraged. Dr. Barry Benjamin, Strategic Planning Chair Congregation Mishkan Tefila, Chestnut Hill and Dr. Jay Pivor, former VP for Strategic Planning Shir Tikva, Wayland

Conflict Management Participants will leave this workshop with an understanding of the dynamics of conflict, a look at different styles of managing conflict, and, an opportunity to think about how they will apply this learning to their own synagogue. Dr. Cheryl Lieberman, President , Cornerstone Consulting Group

Volunteers: Recruitment, Retention & 'Letting Go' This workshop will propose methods of recruiting, retaining and retiring volunteers. How is a volunteer moved up the leadership ladder? How does (s)he find a niche? Why does someone want to get involved? These questions and more will be addressed and answers shared in this interactive workshop. Madelyn Bronitsky, MSW, Membership Chair, Temple Hillel B'nai Torah, West Roxbury

Developing Congregational Leadership & Avoiding "Board Burn-Out" This workshop will focus on engaging new congregants and supporting volunteers to maximize their success. It will describe techniques for training the next generation of leaders, and will discuss the orientation, roles and responsibilities of synagogue Board members. David Trietsch, Executive Director , Jewish Resource Network Initiative

Endowments: Securing Future OpportunitiesThis workshop will address how to organize an endowment campaign, the importance of a strong individual gift program, and the relationship of the synagogues with CJP. Participants should come prepared to discuss their specific areas of interest. Beth Balmuth Raffeld, Vice President for Development , Community Capital Campaign, CJP

Symposium Planning Committee

Robert Hill, Executive Director, Temple Emanuel, Newton Centre

Aaron L. Kischel, Executive Director, USCJ, New England Region

David Trietsch, Jewish Resource Network Initiative

Dick Wissoker, Vice President, Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

Rabbi David Wolfman, Regional Director, UAHC, Northeast Council

Feel free to print out the registration form below and mail it to the Synagogue Council:

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"Creating a Vision for the 21st Century Synagogue"



Please complete one form for each participant





Individual's office or title

Is congregation a member in good standing of the Synagogue Council? Yes _____ No _____

___ Enclosed is a check for $30.00 per participant ($40.00 for non-member congregations), payable to the

Synagogue Council of Massachusetts. Registration fee includes dinner.

Workshops: Please indicate your first choice:

___ Strategic Planning

___ Conflict Management

___ Use of Volunteers

___ Developing Congregational Leadership

___ Endowments

Please return this form with your registration fee by March 10 to the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts

1320 Centre Street, Newton Centre, MA 02459

Questions? Call (617) 244-6506

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From Route 128:

Exit at Route 30 (Eastbound) and proceed 4 miles on Comm. Ave. You will pass the Newton City Hall and proceed up a hill. At Centre Street, turn left. Go two blocks north on Centre Street and turn right onto Ward Street.

From Mass. Pike:

Exit at the Newton exit (#17). Cross over the Mass. Pike, following signs to Newton Centre. Make a sharp right onto Centre Street at the drugstore. Follow Centre Street for approximately 2 miles. Turn left onto Ward Street.


The Planning Committee invites you to bring multiple copies (up to 50) of materials to share with other synagogue leaders. Please bring materials that fall into any of the following categories:

• Promotional materials (e.g. newsletters, membership brochures, commemorative books)

• Fundraising materials

• Cemetery rules and regulations

• Administrative forms (e.g. membership forms, congregational surveys and building-use forms)

• Rental and kitchen use information/rules for caterers

• Copies of congregational by-laws

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