An Annual Conference for Conservative Rabbis Serving Small Congregations, June 4-6 in Wilmette, Illinois

The Size of Success

When it comes to defining and achieving success, size matters. A successful small congregation does not look like a successful large congregation. Neither does a successful rabbi in a small congregation look like a successful rabbi in a large congregation. As rabbis serving small congregations, we understand this all too well. But what exactly does a successful small congregation look like? And how should a rabbi in a small congregation measure success? Are there different frameworks for defining success? This year’s Size Matters conference will focus on answering these very questions.

The Size Matters conference - organized by rabbis in small congregations for rabbis in small congregations – is three days of amazing personal and professional growth in a friendly and supportive environment with rabbis just like you. Those who attended last year all left excited and reenergized to serve their congregations, inspired both by new ideas and new friends.

This year we hope to increase the impact of the conference by opening the conference up to lay leaders. To this end, we have partnered with the USCJ, who will run a separate track for lay leaders, and work with us to plan several joint sessions that will bring lay leaders and rabbis together to learn with, and from, each other. So please consider attending with a member of your lay leadership.

We have also partnered with the RA, who in addition to underwriting this year’s fantastic limmud program with Rabbi Bendat-Appell, will be broadcasting portions of the conference over the internet for the benefit of those colleagues who are unable to attend in person. Hope to see you in June!

You can download the conference flyer here.


Guest Speaker Bob Leventhal

A former senior consultant at the Alban Institute, Bob has worked with organizations across the Jewish world, from Yeshiva University to the Union for Reform Judaism. A committed Conservative Jew, Bob has recently begun working full-time for USCJ, and his passion and ex- pertise are helping to transform both Conservative congregations and the rabbis who lead them.

Inspiring Limmud

Our teacher this year will be Rabbi Jordan Bendat-Appell, rabbi at the Institute for Jewish Spirituality, and the founder of the Center for Jewish Mindfulness.

The conference will be held June 4-6, at Beth Hillel Congregation Bnai Emunah (3220 Big Tree Lane, Wilmette, Illinois 60091). It is open to It is open to all rabbis serving in ‘A’ or 'B' sized Conservative congregations. The cost is $150 and includes kosher meals. Deadline for registration is Friday, May 18. To register, please complete and mail this form, along with a check payable to Sinai Synagogue, to:
Size Matters
c/o Sinai Synagogue Attn: Rabbi Michael Friedland 1102 East LaSalle, South Bend, IN, 46617

QUESTIONS? Please feel free to contact the organizers of Size Matters:
Ben Kramer (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) David Krishef (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.) Michael Friedland (This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.)

The following hotels have special rates or blocks of rooms set aside.  Please mention that you are a rabbi participating in the Size Matters2012 Conference when making reservations.

  • Extended Stay America, 5211 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie Il, 60077 847-663-9031 Rates from $79 per night
  • Hampton Inn, 5201 Old Orchard Rd, Skokie Il, 60077 847-583-1111 Rates from $130 per night
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