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

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.

“I can point to my participation in Larry Dressler’s course as one of the fundamental pieces of training to my effective rabbinate. . . . Every rabbi—no matter the stage in their career or place of employment —could benefit tremendously from this course.”

“After 20 years in the congregational rabbinate, I learned how I have tried to pastor my staff and not hold us accountable and engage in the conversations that needed to be had. It was eye-opening and I am very grateful to the CCAR and Larry Dressler for offering this program.”

“I’ve already instituted things that I learned from Larry”


Module 1: Self -Management 
Live Class: Tuesday, October 5, 2021, 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday, October 26, 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: Tuesday, November 30, 2021, 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday, December 21, 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, January 11, 2022,12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday February 1, 2022,12:00 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, March 1, 2022, , 12:00 PM–3:00 PM ET
Follow up: Tuesday, March 22, 2022, 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.

Generously Supported by the Steven A. Fox Fund for Rabbinic Leadership.

Thank you for your interest in the seminar. All modules are at full capacity. Please fill out the form below if you would like to be added to our waitlist.


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If you have any questions or concerns please contact: Rabbi Betsy Torop, btorop@ccarnet.org

On-line Seminar Cancellation Policy
CCAR reserves the right to cancel or reschedule any event. In the event of program cancellation or rescheduling, we make every effort to notify participants in a timely fashion.
If you need to cancel your registration, please contact the CCAR in writing (info@ccarnet.org) no less than four weeks prior to the program.
All registration fees include a non-refundable fee of $50 CCAR reserves the right to reduce any refunds to cover charges incurred by CCAR.
Program registrants who fail to attend without prior notification will be charged the full attendance fee.