MOCA for Congregations

Model Contract - Kaplan

MOCA Mondays: Get an insiders view on the provisions and benefits of the Kaplan inspired RA/USCJ model contract.

Presented Spring, 2011 by Scott Kaplan, Esq., a private practice attorney in Atlanta, GA.

Interview Questions: Best Practices

Presented on January 28, 2013 by past search committee chairs from Congregation Kol Shofar in Tiburon, CA and Keneseth Israel Congregation in Louisville, KY.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Using Text Study to Discuss the Values Behind Your Search Process

Presented on December 17, 2012 by Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement.

Using I Samuel 16:1-13 as a text study to begin a discussion on the values behind your search process.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Integrating a New Rabbi into the Community

Presented on April 23, 2012 by Rabbi Hillel Skolnik, Southwest Orlando Congregation, Orlando Fl; and Ruth Mausr, President, Bayridge Jewish Center, Brooklyn NY

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Tools for Making a Healthy Decision

Presented on March 19, 2012 by Rich Michaelson, Chair of Search Commitee from Fair Lawn, NJ.

How does a congregation make the right decision through a good process? Our latest MOCA Monday focuses on this important topic. Listen to Rich Michaelson as he discusses:

  1. Who was involved (Search Committee; Board; Congregation), and when, in the decision process? How did the Search Committee involve the Board and the congregation in the decision making process?
  2. How did you know the rabbi was the right candidate? Did you feel you have enough information?
  3. What objections did people bring to your selection and how did you answer them? How did you handle people who objected to the decision?

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Shabbat Visit by the Rabbi

Presented on February 13, 2012 by Glenn Unterberger, Adath Israel, Merion Station, PA; and Dr. Murray Cohen, Congregation Ahavath Shalom, Fort Worth, TX.

The key to a successful rabbinic search is a positive Shabbat experience for the candidate and for the congregation. There are many decisions to make and choices to balance. Please listen to this MOCA Monday conversation for insights provided by two successful searches.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Inclusive Hiring Part II

Presented on January 23, 2012 by Vivian Lewis, USCJ.

Our Conservative Movement congregations are diverse and heterogeneous, as are the rabbis of our Movement.

Presenter Vivian Lewis has 25 years of experience in human resources. In this podcast, she discusses the do's and don'ts of hiring practices that relate to non-discrimination and what the law has to say on the matter. This podcast can initiate a discussion on includive hiring between your search committee and the congregation.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Inclusive Hiring Part I

Presented on January 16, 2012 by Mike Mills, President, FJMC.

Our Conservative Movement congregations are diverse and heterogeneous, as are the rabbis of our Movement.

Presenter Mike Mills, current President of FJMC, is retired from 40 years as a senior executive of a major international corporation. In this podcast, he discusses the benefits diversity brought to his corporation. This podcast can initiate a discussion on inclusive hiring between your search committee and the congregation.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

The Best Interview Questions

Presented on December 19, 2011 by Penina Grossberg, Chair of the Search Committee for Beth Sholom, Teaneck, NJ, and Lou Stasis, Chair of the Search Committee for Ohev Shalom, Wallingford, PA.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

Rabbinic Transition - Saying Goodbye to the Outgoing Rabbi

A discussion on how synagogues can say goodbye to a Rabbi in the best possible way.

Presented on April 4, 2011 by Sheldon Lewis, Rabbi Emeritus, Congregation Kol Emeth, Palo Alto, CA, and Jane Greenberg, Immediate Past Co-President, Tifereth Israel, Blue Bell, PA.

Shabbat Visit by a Rabbi to a Congregation

MOCA Mondays: Learn from a search committee on how to prepare for a Shabbat visit to a congregation.

Presented Spring, 2011 with guest speakers Richard Michaelson, Chair of Search Commitee from Fairlawn, NJ and Michael Bloom, Chair of Search Committee from Walnut Creek, CA.

Best Practices for Interview Week

Presented on February 4, 2013 by deans Rabbis Lisa Gelber and Cheryl Peretz.

Hosted by Rabbi Elliot Salo Schoenberg, International Director of Placement, RA, and Kathy Elias, Chief Kehilla Officer, USCJ.

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