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

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clergy and senior lay leaders of all faiths



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  • 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 Spiegel directs the Center for Congregations’ information and technology initiatives, including the Congregational Resource Guide. He is an author, rabbi and president of the Synagogue Studies Institute.

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