National groups for temple and synagogue administrators holds joint conference in Nashville this month

Posted on: December 31st, 2016 by tgregory

Two associations representing administrators and directors of synagogues and temples around the world will hold a four-day conference this month in Nashville. 

The theme of the joint conference of the National Association of Temple Administrators (NATA) and the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE) is Kulanu B’yachad, or coming together. The groups will be in Nashville from Jan. 15-18. 

NATA is a 75-year-old organization serving executives and administrators of Reform congregations while NAASE is its 68-year-old counterpart for Conservative congregations. 

“This is only the second time our two organizations have held a joint conference,” said Janice Rosenblatt, president of NATA. “We chose Nashville because we hope to be inspired by its creative and collaborative music scene.” 

Bernard Goldblatt, president of NAASE, said the purpose of the conference is to “explore how we as Executive Directors of American Reform, Conservative and Reconstructionist synagogues can come together to learn and share.” 

Among those making presentations will be Harry Kraemer, clinical professor of management and strategy at Northwestern University’s Kellogg School of Management; Rabbi Steven Kaye, founder of Or Chadash, a consulting practice that applies the best business practices and trends to synagogue operations; and Rabbi Lou Feldstein, founder and CEO of Dynamic Change Solutions. •