The National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) is an active professional network of Reform Jewish Synagogue Executive Directors. The network publishes a twice-yearly journal with articles written by members and Union for Reform Judaism (URJ) staff. Back issues of the journal address a variety of congregational administration topics and are available for download at no charge. For example, the Spring/Summer 2013 issue was titled “The Security Issue.” It included articles on developing an emergency operations plan and training staff for a crisis situation, as well as a list of safety and security resources for congregations. The Fall 2008 issue - titled “The Greening Issue” - included a useful overview of Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) certification levels, case studies of how two congregations succeeded in “going green,” and tips for doing a green audit. Other topical issues have included collaboration, giving, communication (including social media), technology, and leadership transition. While the Journal is written by and for Jewish synagogues, other congregations with challenges related to these topics may find relevant information here as well.
Reviewed by Sandra Herron