David Altshuler

Dr. David Altshuler consults to nonprofit institutions on organizational planning, leadership training, and financial resource development. He also advises foundations and individuals on strategic philanthropic investment.

Educated at Brown University, the Hebrew University in Jerusalem, and Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion [HUC-JIR], David brings to his work the creativity of a teaching scholar and the business acumen and leadership qualities of a seasoned nonprofit CEO. He helps clients advocate for worthy causes, build vigorous professional teams, engage and mobilize donors and volunteer activists, and overcome the obstacles that often confront major projects.

David began his career as a university professor in teaching posts at the University of Cincinnati, HUC-JIR, Dartmouth College, the University of Maryland, and The George Washington University, where he held the Charles E. Smith Chair in Judaic Studies.

David served as Founding Director of the Museum of Jewish Heritage – A Living Memorial to the Holocaust in New York from 1986 through 1999. From 2000 through 2003, he was founding President of The Trust for Jewish Philanthropy, the venture philanthropy foundation of United Jewish Communities.

David has advised diverse clients, including the National Geographic Society, Smithsonian Institution, United States Holocaust Memorial Museum, National World War II Museum, National Museum of American Jewish History, Center for Jewish History, Central Conference of American Rabbis, Charles & Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, American Friends of the Israel Democracy Institute, National Council of La Raza, and Queensborough Community College of the City University of New York.

Larry Dressler

Larry Dressler is the founder of Blue Wing Consulting, LLC and author of Consensus Through Conversation: How to Achieve High Commitment Decisions and Standing in the Fire: Leading High-Heat Meetings with Clarity, Calm, and Courage. Larry helps people in organizations and communities mobilize their collective insights, commitment, and energy to make a positive difference in the world. He is a skilled designer and convener of high-stakes conversations
and an advisor to leaders who seek to weave true engagement and collaboration into the fabric of their organizations. Larry’s work has brought him to such diverse settings as the headquarters of companies in 30 industries, an industrial disaster site, and a solar-powered chocolate factory in the Amazon rainforest. His clients have included Cisco Systems, Baxter Health Care, 1% for the Planet, Starbucks, Pediatric AIDS Foundation, US Federal Protection Service, New Belgium Brewing and Nissan. Motors.  He has served as a trusted teacher, advisor and coach to over 100 rabbis throughout the US.

5 point summary of your specialization

* Rabbinic supervisory and staff leadership skills
* Leadership of congregational change
* Career strategy and transition for rabbis - preparing for the next chapter
* Rabbi's role in shaping organizational culture

Karen Fox

Currently, Psychotherapist/Consultant in private practice and Adjunct Faculty in Pastoral Counseling at HUCLA; Rabbi Emerita Wilshire Boulevard Temple.
Licensed Marriage and Family Psychotherapist, 1996 (Family Systems Approach)
Ordained HUCJIR NY 1978
Additional study at Hartman Institute and Institute for Jewish Spirituality; ongoing training in Ethics; additional training in Wise Aging.

5 point summary of your specialization

--Supporting through professional and personal transitions, including professional changes and life changes such as death and divorce. Emphasizing themes of joining and separating again and again.
-- Reflection on and Developing skills for Anxiety Reduction through Self Care
--Strategizing for Work-Life Balance
--Developing communication skills to give and receive kind but accurate feedback
-- Strategizing towards Retirement (separating and joining in new contexts) 

Michael Gan

Michael is a graduate of the University of Michigan and Boston University School of Law.  After law school, Michael joined the National Labor Relations Board’s Appellate Court Branch where he litigated cases on behalf of the NLRB in most of the United States Courts of Appeals. For more than 20 years, Michael has been in private practice representing the interests of labor unions and employees in collective bargaining, arbitration, federal court litigation, and before a variety of administrative agencies, including the NLRB, Federal Labor Relations Authority, and Equal Employment Opportunity Commission.  In addition, Michael frequently represents executives and professionals in the negotiation of individual employment contracts, including separation and retirement agreements. He also maintains a special practice representing rabbis and other clergy in employment matters.  Michael was a contributing author to the recent CCAR Press publication, "The Sacred Calling: Four Decades of Women in the Rabbinate."  His essay on gender pay equity has helped raise the profile of this critical issue.

5 point summary of your specialization

Labor and Employment :Lawyer - Clergy Contract Specialist

Gary Greenebaum

After a long career as a rabbi and Jewish community professional I now work as an executive coach and consultant, specializing in coaching rabbis and other Jewish professionals and consulting with non-profit organizations and synagogues. During my more than 30 year rabbinic and Jewish professional career I honed my skills in board and staff development, supervision, team building, program and fund development, governance and management. In 2013, I completed a comprehensive coaching course and have been certified by the International Coach Federation. I feel well equipped to help individuals and organizations in transition move forward with measurable goals, better team work and greater success.

5 point summary of your specialization

--Support clients as they move their careers forward.
--Help rabbis decide to change posts or retool/reframe their current position for more success.
--Assist and support clients as they transition from full-time professional to semi- or full-retirement.
--Help rabbis and congregations reconcile or go their separate ways.
--Assist congregations and rabbis to operate with realistic expectations of one another. 

Martha Hausman

Martha Hausman is a mediator and negotiator specializing in clergy employment contracts. Martha practiced as a lawyer, in both Washington and New York and has also held various Jewish communal positions. In addition to her law degree, she has a Masters MA in Jewish Studies from the Jewish Theological Seminary. Martha enjoys bringing a combination of legal background, Jewish knowledge and rabbinic family experience to help facilitate important life transitions for her clients. She lives in Newton Massachusetts with her husband, Rabbi Andy Vogel, and two daughters.

5 point summary of your specialization

- Clergy Contract Negotiation and Representation
- Consulting & Coaching for Self-Representation
- Conflict Prevention Coaching
- Training sessions & webinars
- Help to Enhance your relationship with your community

Natalie Hyatt

Natalie Hyatt has over 25 years of professional experience leading teams across the country and focusing on organizational and leadership development. She is a certified executive coach, having achieved her PCC credential through the International Coach Federation (ICF). Natalie has worked for numerous Fortune 500 companies and is a licensed practitioner of the Myers-Briggs Type Indicator, Emotional Intelligence, Energy Leadership and Emergenetics. She continues to find passion in working with her clients as they realize increased leadership potential and experience even greater joy and fulfillment. She is thrilled to attend the CCAR convention in Atlanta – where she cultivated her rabbinic coaching 10 years ago.

5 point summary of your specialization

- Transformational Leadership Development
- Strategic planning & execution
- Team development
- Successful transitioning - assistance with rabbinic search; exploring career options; resume creation; interviewing
- Organizational & Time Management Development


Abby Kelman

Ellen Lewis

Rabbi Ellen Lewis has more than thirty-five years of experience as a rabbi and a therapist. After her ordination at Hebrew Union College in 1980, she served congregations in Dallas, TX; Summit, NJ (named Rabbi Honorata); and Washington, NJ (named Rabbi Emerita). She recently retired from congregational work to continue working in full-time private practice.
Ellen specializes in working with rabbis and cantors to develop the emotional resiliency and flexibility required for contemporary congregational and organizational work. She works with colleagues individually and in small groups, in the overlapping roles of professional supervisor, therapist, and coach.
Ellen is also a licensed psychoanalyst in private practice in Bernardsville, NJ, and New York City. She is a certified Fellow in the American Association of Pastoral Counselors. She is a member of the Society of Modern Psychoanalysts and the National Association for the Advancement of Psychoanalysis.

5 point summary of your specialization

1. Creating work-life balance
2. Working with difficult people
3. Increasing capacity for reflection
4. Developing resiliency
5. Improving and maintaining self-care


Dennis Ross

Rabbi Dennis S. Ross serves as Intentional Interim Rabbi at East End Temple in Manhattan. He is author of When a Lie Is Not a Sin: The Hebrew Bible's Framework for Deciding (Jewish Lights). He directs Concerned Clergy for Choice for Planned Parenthood Empire State Acts! and is author of All Politics Is Religious: Speaking Faith to the Media, Policy Makers and Community (SkyLight Paths) as well as God in Our Relationships: Spirituality between People from the Teachings of Martin Buber (Jewish Lights). He has written for The New York Times, The Boston Globe, and Forward and blogs for Rewire and Ten Minutes of Torah.  His web site is www.DennisRoss.net

5 point summary of your specialization

Video Conference Interview Coaching
Make a good first impression
Avoid video pitfalls
Look and sound your best on-camera
Get to your in-person interview 

Rob Weinberg

I help individuals, teams and organizations find clarity, chart new direction, and navigate change to enhance their effectiveness and fulfillment through strategic consulting, executive coaching, and meeting, workshop, and retreat facilitation. I earned my PhD in Organization Behavior at Northwestern University's Kellogg School, spent 17 years as a management consultant for the Carlson Nathanson Group and Hewitt Associates, and served for 15+ years as Director of HUC-JIR's Experiment in Congregational Education. I am trained in Co-Active Coaching. Over the years I have coached a number of rabbis and consulted to congregations across North America as well as the URJ, CCAR, HUC-JIR, ARJE, NATA, RPB, and the Rabbinic Vision Initiative and others.

5 point summary of your specialization

• Coaching rabbis (and other leaders) to exercise visionary leadership, practice effective management, and achieve career fulfillment.
• Guiding congregations through strategic visioning and action that connects to the "why" behind what they do.
• Facilitating engaging, impactful, and productive meetings and retreats.
• Consulting with teams to establish healthy and productive ways of working together.
• Equipping rabbis and teams to cultivate cultures of innovation and navigate change.

Zari Weiss

Zari Weiss has been the rabbi Kol HaNeshamah in Seattle, Washington, since July 2010. She has worked as a Jewish Spiritual Director, taught for six years in a national program to train Jews in the art of Spiritual Direction, and has authored a number of articles and essays on the art of Jewish Spiritual Direction and on prayer. She was chair of the Committee on Rabbinic Spirituality of the CCAR and the Wellness and Publications Committees.

5 point summary of your specialization

I have been a spiritual director since 1994, though have not offered it as frequently after returning to the congregational rabbinate.
I now better understand some of the pressures/challenges faced by congregational rabbis (as well as those choosing non-traditional rabbinical paths).
I have a particular expertise in helping to make prayer meaningful.

David Wolfman

Rabbi David Wolfman (HIC C'87) is an expert in Navigating Conflict and Managing Organizational Change and Transition.
He’s a certified mediator, William Bridges Instructor in Managing Organizational Change & Transition, a Certified Professional Coach (CPC) and is a Myers Briggs (MBTI) certified Practitioner.
Having served as the CCAR-URJ NCRCR, he has unique insights into the “Human Side of Change” ®.
He’s built an international reputation for creating relationships and managing the delicate balance needed for groups with divergent views to find a way forward to new possibilities. 

5 point summary of your specialization

- Managing Organizational Change and Transition.
- Navigating Conflict and Leveraging Conflict for Good.
- Finding Your Ministry in the Rabbinate. What is your WHY?
- Understanding Yourself and Others: Creating Sacred Partnerships
- "Sharpening the Saw" Moving your needle forward.