Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D.
Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D., is an author, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in congregations and Jewish nonprofit organizations. Since moving to Minneapolis in 1985, he has served as a rabbi of Beth El Synagogue, a senior federation executive and executive director at S.T.A.R. (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal). Hayim has worked with over 300 rabbis and congregations of all sizes and denominations throughout North America on a wide range of issues, including continuing rabbinic education, volunteer leadership development, governance, strategic planning, organizational foresight and innovation. A prolific author, his most recent publications are Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education, edited with Ellie Roscher (Avenida Books, 2014); Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: A Guide for Study and Action (a workbook published by UJA-Federation/Synergy in cooperation with The Alban Institute, 2013); and Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (Rowman and Littlefield/Alban Books, 2012) and Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People, and Purpose, with Dr. Terri Elton (Rowman and Littlefield, Fall 2016), which shares emerging practices for leading and organizing congregations and nonprofits in our increasingly networked lives. He is currently conducting research for a new book on creating and sustaining multigenerational communities.
Shabbat Evening : “Who Moved my Jewish Community?”
Rabbi Herring will provide a broad overview of the changed landscape of the Jewish community and the forces that continue to disrupt Jewish life as we have known it until recently.
Shabbat Morning : “Your Role in Transitioning to an Engaged Congregation”
Transitioning to an engaged congregation means that every member is empowered to rethink how a congregation conducts its work so that it can be more inclusive of new ideas and possibilities. In this presentation, participants will learn about some proven principles of engagement that work in a congregational setting.
Sunday Morning Workshop : “Inspiring Community Through Practices of Engagement”
During this two-hour workshop, participants will draw upon the congregation’s recently-revised mission statement, and insights from the Shabbat presentations, as a framework for re-envisioning Congregation Kol Ami as an engaged congregation. Congregants will work in small groups to creatively generate potential solutions to existing challenges, and identify new opportunities to help the congregation grow.