Amin Tzibur Certification

The purpose of the Amin Tzibur Program is to recognize the Judaic knowledge, skills, and work of senior synagogue administration professionals in congregational life. Individuals commissioned as an Amin Tzibur are a distinguished professionals who, through blending executive-level responsibilities with ritual roles on behalf of their synagogue, elevate the field of synagogue administration and encourage qualified and dedicated Jewish communal workers to consider a career in the synagogue setting.

The Amin Tzibur Program commissions synagogue professionals involved in a senior administrative role while also carrying out ritual responsibilities (in partnership with their clergy) on behalf of the synagogue and its members.

Conferred by the Jewish Theological Seminary of America, United Synagogue of Conservative Judaism, and the North American Association of Synagogue Executives and recognized by one’s congregation, participants are awarded a Teudat Amin and commissioned an Amin Tzibur, one who faithfully devotes oneself to the ministration of the community and the rebuilding of Eretz Yisrael.

We invite all NAASE members to learn more about the program by contacting the NAASE office.

Minimum Qualifications

To be considered a Amin Tzibur commission, candidates must meet the following minimum qualifications:

  • Candidates must be a recognized Regular Member of the North American Association of Synagogue Executives (NAASE)
  • Candidates must be committed to Jewish religious practices and observance.
  • Candidates must be recognized by their lay leaders, membership, and congregational clergy as one of the religious leaders of the synagogue serving in sacerdotal areas of congregational and communal life including responsibilities such as leading religious services, serving as a member of the beit din (religious court), teaching, counseling, and ministering to the needs of the congregation in matters of life-cycle events, religious ceremonies, kashrut supervision, and other areas of Jewish living.

Program Components

The components of the Amin Tzibur program are as follows:

  • Personal Observance and Religious Practice
  • General Application Requirements
  • Judaic Study and Scholarship
  • Clergy Mentorship
  • Professional Growth and Communal Service
  • Ritual and Synagogue Skills

Past Recipients

Since its establishment in 1999, NAASE has commissioned ten Aminai Tzibur:

  • Glenn S. Easton, FSA, ATz (1999)
  • Judith Kranz, FSA, ATz (1999)
  • Neal S. Price, FSA, ATz (1999)
  • Michael L. Simmons, FSA, ATz (2001)
  • David I. Rothenberg, FSA, ATz (2003)
  • Marc M. Neiwirth, FSA, ATz (2005)
  • Michael Schatz, FSA, ATz (2008)
  • Bernard Goldblatt, FSA, ATz (2009)
  • Randy Spiegel, FSA, ATz (2016)
  • Matthew G. Halpern, FSA, ATz (2019)

To learn more about the program, please contact the NAASE office.