The Associated’s Leadership Training Resource Library equips you with the skills and education that will make you a more effective leader. This page is supported by professionals and resources from ACHARAI, DFI and CCEL (The Center for Community Engagement and Leadership).
Are you wondering what resources you need to maximize your Board or Committee to its greatest potential? In this section you will be given the tools you need to create an effective, working group. You will learn how to plan a Board retreat, create a Board Development Mentor program, understand effective Committee work, set goals for your Board, and evaluate your Board through a mid-year assessment and end-of-year evaluation.
New to a Board? Helpful Tips for Every New Board Member
Planning a Board Retreat Board Development Mentor ProgramGuide for Facilitators – Principles of Effective Committee workPrinciples of Effective Committee Work Module Setting Goals, Mid-Year Assessment, & Reflection for Board and Committees
Board of Directors Role
Board Chair Role
Executive Committee Description
Governance Committee Description
Audit Committee Role
Budget/Finance Committee Description
Investment Committee DescriptionMentoring Future Leaders
Feedback is an integral part of Judaism evident in the creation of the world in Genesis. In the days of creation, there is an order by which items are created: word, action, evaluation. The phrase “vayar Elokim ki tov (and G-d saw that it was good)” is repeated after each act of creation. After each species or group that G-d created, G-d saw “that it was good.” G-d models for us the importance of taking a step back and asking for feedback. In this section, you will find materials that detail the benefits of a Board/Board Member assessment and will be provided with example assessments that you can use when evaluating your Boards and Board Members. Additionally, use the mid-year check-in and transition interview sample questions with your Board Members to make sure they are benefiting from their experiences.
Benefits of Board Self-AssessmentExample of Board/Board Member AssessmentMid-Year Check In Sample QuestionsTransition Interview Sample Questions
Shulchan Aruch, YD 249:7 “If a person convinces another person to give, their reward is greater than when they give on their own.” We know our agencies and organizations rely heavily on financial resources to accomplish the remarkable work that they do. This is one of the many reasons that fundraising is an essential and crucial component of a professional and lay leader’s portfolio. In this section, you will be given resources and tools that will make it easy for you to solicit donations in-person or over the phone in a meaningful and impactful way.
Guide for Facilitators – Making your Case for GivingMaking your Case for Giving ModuleGuide for Facilitators – The Gift of AskingThe Gift of Asking Module
Have you ever been sitting in a boring, unorganized, or chaotic meeting? Chances are you wondering why you spent your valuable time attending. On the flip side, have you ever been to a meeting that made you feel motivated, excited, or inspired? In this section, you will find resources and tools that will make your meetings engaging and exciting! Starting your meeting with a leadership ice-breaker, D’var Torah, or inspiring story and/or quote will immediately help to engage your participants and create an environment that builds trusting relationships.
Leadership Ice-BreakersJewish Values & EthicsHelpful books and Online ResourcesTips on Preparing & Delivering a D’var TorahExample Divrei TorahManagement & Engagement Tools
The strongest partners commit to a shared vision, partnership and effective working relationship. In this section, you will be given the resources and tools to work side-by-side with your professional and/or lay counterpart by communicating effectively, respecting each other, and creating a “Brit Kodesh” (Sacred Partnership).
Overview: The Lay/Pro RelationshipNavigating the Lay/Pro Module Using Effective Communication to Manage Conflict
The selection, training, and transition of leadership are deeply rooted in our Jewish tradition. A common theme throughout the Tanach (Bible) is the challenge of finding, sustaining, and replacing good leaders. The nomination and selection process can be exciting and rewarding to those that are looking forward to taking on a leadership position, but others can be hesitant or uncertain of the challenges it may bring. In this section, you will find resources, tools, and examples of ways to handle the Nomination and Selection process.
Guide to the Nomination & Selection Process Creating a Process of Succession Planning for Lay leaders ModuleExample of Succession Plan Policy for CEO
Leah Berry, Dr. Erica Brown, Melissa Cordish, Renee Dain, Beth Gansky, Cindy Goldstein, Cass Gottlieb, Dan Hirschhorn, Erica Hobby, Allison Magat, Shelly Malis, Jill Max, Robert Paymer, Nancy Kohn Rabin, Lee Sherman, Rae Ringel, Howard Sobkov, Debs Weinberg, ACHARAI: The Shoshana S. Cardin Leadership Development Institute, AJFCA: Association of Jewish Family & Children’s Agencies, BoardSource, Business Health Services, DFI: The Darrell D. Friedman Institute - for Professional Development at the Weinberg Center, CCEL (The Center for Community Engagement and Leadership), JCCA: Jewish Community Center Association, The Associated’s Agency Excellence Committee and The Ringel Group.