Welcome to the Rockland Jewish Initiative
The Rockland Jewish Initiative (RJI) was created in July 2012 by Lisa Green in conjunction with the Jewish Federation of Rockland County. Its mission is to energize synagogue life in Rockland through partnerships in synagogue transformation. The Rockland Jewish Initiative works with synagogues through grants to engage members and new leadership, through showcasing models, projects and ideas for synagogue renewal, and by bringing speakers and workshops on synagogue transformation to Rockland.
Learn more about RJI: download the brochure
Learn more about Rockland's synagogues: download the brochure
Upcoming Synagogue Leadership Council Events
December 18: Building the Leadership Pipeline: Talent Identification and Development with Linda Rich
How do you build a board that functions well? How do you find and create strong leadership? This workshop will help synagogues put in place a structured, intentional approach for identifying and developing committed, energized lay leaders. Attendees are introduced to development frameworks and to a modular program for cultivating future leaders. Following the workshop, synagogues can adapt the program modules to suit their own circumstances.
Linda Rich is a specialist in leadership development and congregational effectiveness, and is an accredited executive coach. Her pragmatic, results-oriented, high-challenge approach is complemented by a deep understanding of congregational life and significant hands-on management experience.
New Member Grant
RJI's New Member Grant is available to new member families at synagogues on the Rockland County Board of Rabbis (see list below). The grant is a one-time gift towards synagogue membership or Hebrew school tuition. Eligible families must have no synagogue affiliation within the past 3 years in Rockland County and must participate in a synagogue committee, PTA, etc., to receive the grant.
Rockland County Board of Rabbis Synagogues
Beth Am Temple in Pearl River, Congregation Shaarey Israel in Montebello, Congregation Sons of Israel in Upper Nyack, Congregation Sons of Jacob in Haverstraw, Montebello Jewish Center in Suffern, Nanuet Hebrew Center in New City, New City Jewish Center in New City, Orangetown Jewish Center in Orangeburg, Temple Beth El in Spring Valley, Temple Beth Sholom in New City, Temple Beth Torah in Upper Nyack and West Clarkstown Jewish Center in New City.
Synagogue Transformation Grant
The Synagogue Transformation Grant (with a value of up to $1,500) was created to help synagogues implement board and leadership development, create alternative outreach channels and revise dues structures. It is designed to facilitate a transformational project with a specific intended outcome.
We are part of the Jewish Federation of Rockland County. Our office is in the Federation at Rockland’s Jewish Community Campus, 450 West Nyack Road, West Nyack NY 10994.
To reach us by phone or email, please contact:
Cantor Barry Kanarek, Director
845 362-4200 extension 170
845 635-4282 fax
Why Join a Synagogue?
SYNAGOGUE LEADERSHIP COUNCIL
The Synagogue Leadership Council was created in 2011 to bring together both the clergy and leadership of Rockland’s synagogues to discuss topics of common concern. This year the SLC will host four events, each featuring a different expert on synagogue transformation. Read more about the events in our brochure.
Connected Congregations: From Dues and Membership to Sustaining Communities of Purpose download this report
The Spirituality of Welcoming: How to Transform Your Congregation Into a Sacred Community by Dr. Ron Wolfson. Jewish Lights Publishing
Tomorrow's Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life by Rabbi Hayim Herring. The Alban Institute
Sacred Strategies: Transforming Synagogues From Functional to Visionary by Isa Aron, Steven M. Cohen, Lawrence A. Hoffman and Ari Y. Kelman. The Alban Institute