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The Intergenerational Congregation: Going Forward with Our Young and Old

Tue December 10, 2019 at 7:00 pm - 9:00 pm

All congregants are invited to the next Kehillah Council (The Kehillah Council is a gathering three times a year of our Board, Committee chairs, and all interested congregants).

Special Guest: Rabbi Hayim Herring

Rabbi Herring has come to Mount Zion at pivotal moments, before our visioning process in 2002, before our first strategic plan in 2012, and now as we begin to imagine a theory of change for our congregation’s future. All attendees are invited to read a selection from the book “Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial Divide” in advance. Please email the office for the reading.



Who is Rabbi Herring? A relationship-builder who works across accepted categories and definitions to create a “third,” better, inclusive way, Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. is an empathetic listener and transparent leader. Hayim is known to be mission-focused and able to imagine and actualize new business opportunities and organizational partnerships.

Hayim is a published author and researcher, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in Jewish community building. A former congregational rabbi, senior federation executive and executive director at a national Jewish foundation, Hayim is uniquely suited to bring outside perspective and research, coupled with real-world experience, to inspire organizations to achieve their greatest impact. Hayim believes that leadership is fundamentally about creating a preferable future by understanding risks, but focusing energy on significant possibilities.

Hayim also holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Management. He has built a reputation as an organizational visionary, entrepreneur, expert consultant for faith-based organizations, and other socially responsible non-profit organizations. Hayim’s areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, organizational foresight, and new methods in strategic planning. Hayim works with nonprofits to cultivate leaders who can translate their organization’s relevance to new generations and better engage individuals in the work that they do. Hayim received his Anticipatory Leader System certification and is expert facilitator in other strategic exploration processes including The Implications Wheel™ and T.I.P.S. (Trends, Innovations, and Paradigm Shifts) Tracking

Besides more than 60 scholarly and popular articles and studies about the contemporary American Jewish community, Hayim’s most recent publications include Connecting Generations: Bridging the Boomer, Gen X, and Millennial Divide (Rowman & Littlefield 2019) and Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World with Terri Martinson Elton (Rowman & Littlefield 2017).

He has also published a book about leadership, synagogues and the broader American Jewish community, titled Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (Alban Institute 2012), and a companion action guide for use with boards and committees titled, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. A Guide for Reflection and Action (UJA-Federation of New York and Alban Institute 2013).  Hayim published Keeping the Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation about Rabbinical Educationco-authored with Ellie Roscher (Avenida Books, December 2014), an anthology of essays from rabbis, lay people and academics across the denominational spectrum, critically exploring the question, “What goes into the making of a 21st Century Rabbinical Leader?”

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Tue December 10, 2019
7:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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