Equitable Downsizing

by Mary L Zamore. eJewish Philanthropy, May 14, 2020.


This article shares considerations for downsizing congregational staff in equitable and compassionate ways to meet congregational needs during the financial challenges of COVID-19.


steps to make tough decisions around staff downsizing, government and nonprofit resources, scenario planning, bias and power differentials

Recommended Audience

clergy and senior lay leaders of all faith



Practical Applications

  • Create a decision-making process for staff downsizing by considering these good practices.
  • Stay relational and compassionate while making difficult, life-changing employment decisions for others.

About the Contributor

Aaron Spiegel

Aaron is a rabbi, author, and president of the Synagogue Studies Institute. He formerly directed the CRG and information technology at the Center for Congregations.

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