NAASE University at the International Conference

Plan on being with us at the NAASE 2021 Virtual Conference and the NAASE University sessions from March 9-11, 2021 as we explore this year’s most compelling and timely themes.

NAASE University” is the fast-paced and very popular component of the annual International Conference offering opportunities for small-group, face-to-face, in-depth exploration of timely topics and issues. Offered in several simultaneous one-hour classes in consecutive sessions, NAASE U affords participants direct conversation with experienced colleagues and outside speakers, expert in the respective areas of synagogue management covered by the carefully tailored sessions. Some classes are specifically designed for veterans, and some for those new-to-the field, including a session for new executives to meet with more experienced ones in an unscripted setting. Informal in style and intense in delivery, some sessions feature single presentors, others bring together panels espousing related or differing approaches.

The enthusiasm of the presentors is contagious, and the benefits to participants and congregations are lasting and immeasurable, as skill-sets develop, insights are triggered, and resolve is generated.

Among the very popular session topics in recent years have been . . .

  • Budgeting: Alternative Approaches for Driving Synagogue Collaboration
  • Technology Trends, Tools and Tips
  • Who Will Build Me a Sanctuary and How Will You Pay For It?
  • Synagogue Insurance Overview
  • How to Apply for a Government Nonprofit Security Grant
  • Best Practices in Synagogue Bookkeeping
  • “Slice and Dice” Budgeting
  • Synagogue Security Today
  • Do-it-Yourself Technology
  • Are We Truly Welcoming?
  • How to Implement a Major Donor “Moves Management” Campaign
  • I’m Stuck and I’m Not Having Fun
  • Effectively Leading Organizational Change
  • Transfotrmative Change Through Sacred Communication
  • The Delegation Plan: The Role of the Executive Director in Big Projects and Change Initiatives
  • Exploring Synagogue Financial Change Through the Voluntary Dues Model
  • Synagogue Governance: Change Is Needed to Survive in the 21st Century
  • Opportunities and Challenges in Developing Jewish Communal Partnership
  • Insurance: Emerging Risks and How to Cope
  • When is it Time to Make a Change for Me?
  • Communicating for Relevance
  • The Changing Volunteer
  • Managing Through a Technology Change
  • Managing Through Transitions in Lay Leadership
  • Disaster Recovery
  • Overcoming Obstacles When It’s Time to Merge
  • How Does Leadership Manage Anxiety?
  • Foundations of Social Media for Synagogues
  • Building a Culture of Giving
  • Being an Agent of Change
  • Sharing: Facilities, Programs and Resources
  • Survivor Safari: Empowering and Motivating Others
  • Torah Fraud Prevention
  • Staff Supervision Principles
  • Zero-based Budgeting
  • Current Issues and Developments in Human Resource Management
  • Fundraising Planning – Planning Programs That Make Money
  • Facilities – From Dust You Are, and to Dust You are Returning
  • Synagogue Survival Skills
  • Executive Director 101 – The New Executive Director
  • Using Marketing Research to Take the Pulse of Your Congregation
  • The Relationship Between the Congregation President and the Executive Director
  • Fundraising 101 – Introductory Skills and Principles
  • Fundraising 201 – Endowments, Investments and More
  • Personnel 101 – General Personnel Issues
  • Personnel 201 – Administrative Staffing Principles and Practices
  • Management 101 – Team-Building and Partnerships
  • Membership Marketing 101
  • Strategic Planning 101
  • Legal Liability
  • Rethinking Synagogue Compensation – A Congregation-wide Approach
  • Synagogue Security
  • Insurance and Risk Management Traps
  • Making Yourself Invaluable
  • Rewriting By-laws and Constitutions
  • Liquor Liability Issues
  • E-mail Marketing on Steroids
  • Creating Websites
  • Reorganizing Board Meetings
  • Collaboration with Other Synagogue and Agencies
  • Local Government Relationships
  • Annual Giving Campaigns
  • Shleimut – Loving Your Synagogue and Yourself
  • Using the Joint Retirement Board in Your Congregation
  • The Synaplex – Selling Synagogue Participation to Varied Demographic Groups
  • The Art of Supplemental Communication
  • Major Fundraising Events – NOT!
  • Dealing with Difficult People
  • One Minute Strategic Planning
  • Internal Controls – More Than Signing Checks
  • Sound Systems
  • Green Sanctuaries
  • Targeted Multi-level Communication
  • Synagogue Security in a Post 9/11 World
  • Privacy Issue in the Synagogue
  • Envisioning Synagogue Staffing for the 21st Century
  • “You’re a great exec, but we don’t need you anymore . . . !”
  • How to Reach the 20- and 30-Somethings
  • How to Make Your Facility More Engaging and Welcoming
  • Managing Janitorial Maintenance
  • Death as Spiritual and Financial Opportunity
  • “Everything I Needed to Know About Development, I Learned as an Executive Director”
  • What To Do When There is No Room at the Inn
  • Executive Director 101: Unscripted Interaction with Veteran Colleagues

and much, much more . . . !

The sessions of the Spring 2021 Semester of NAASE University promise to be equally powerful, timely and engaging for executives at all skill levels and experience. The NAASE University faculty invites your suggestions and your participation, and looks forward to seeing you in West Palm Beach.

We thank the faculties and deans of all past years in the almost two decades since the Spring 2001 inception of NAASE University for their vision and their valued collective contribution toward the foundation upon which this treasured program now rests.

Stephanie Krasman
Dean, 2021

About the International Conference

Since 1948, the opportunities for synagogue directors to meet, network, study, plan, discuss, agree and disagree, socialize, re-energize and motivate have been most actively and dynamically provided at the annual International Conferences. Sometimes held in the United States or Canada, and frequently in Israel, the annual conclave has been well attended and characterized by enthusiastic anticipation and wholehearted participation.