Rabbi as Supervisor: Essential Skills You Don’t Learn in Seminary with Larry Dressler

This course is currently at capacity. If you’d like to be added to the waitlist please email Cenadra Gopala-Foster at cgopalafoster@ccarnet.org.

An online learning series leading to a Certificate in Supervision

Rabbis are often responsible not only for managing their own performance, but are also expected to achieve results through others. With increasing frequency, organizations and congregations are looking for rabbis with skills in the area of supervision. Managing others involves a specific skill set and in the context of organizational and congregational life has its own unique challenges.

This on-line, intensive is applicable to rabbis in all settings with supervisory responsibilities. Each module stands alone and you may register for any number of them.

A certificate of supervision will be granted only for the completion of all four modules.
Each module requires a six-hour commitment including: pre-assigned readings, participation in a three-hour learning session, small group work after each class, and follow-up group session with the facilitator.


Module 1: Self -Management
Live Class: Tuesday, December 1, 2020, 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday, January 5, 2021, 12:00 PM ET-1:00 PM ET
This module focuses on helping rabbis identify the “highest and best use” of their time and energy including priority-setting and addressing workload imbalances.

Module 2: Supportive Supervision
Live Class: Wednesday, February 3, 2021, 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Wednesday, March 3, 2021, 12:00 PM ET-1:00 PM ET
This module helps rabbis create and implement a supervisory system that leads to clarity and accountability.

Module 3: Supervisor as Multiplier
Live Class: Tuesday, May 4, 2021, 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday May 25, 2021, 12:00 PM ET-1:00 PM ET
This module will teach the psychology and techniques that ensure effective delegation that will help rabbis achieve more while helping their staff to grow.

Module 4: Corrective Supervision
Live Class: Tuesday, June 1, 2021, 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday, June 29, 2021, 12:00 PM ET-1:00 PM ET
This module will help rabbis learn to have difficult conversations with employees in ways that resolve problems, strengthen relationships, and foster mutual learning.

Fee: $200 per module or $175 per module if you sign up for all four.
Generously Supported by the Steven A. Fox Fund for Rabbinic Leadership.
Limited to 24 participants on a first come basis