On four occasions over the course of my lifetime, I have stepped down from a job. I am about to do so again. Each time, I realized that I was ready to move on to something new. Each time, I hesitated — out of fear — for quite awhile.
A Letter Exchange between Rabbis Menachem Creditor and Stuart Kelman:
How does a senior rabbi who founded a synagogue make room for a new rabbi to take the reins? And how does that new rabbi incorporate old traditions while setting a new tone?
The dynastic system in Hasidism (that is, the inheritance of a hasidic master’s leadership role, generally from father to son or son-in-law) is widely considered a central feature of the hasidic movement; this was not always the case.
While acknowledging that her success is due to her individual mentors and to the many institutions that helped shape her, she is also aware of a deep tension — a behind-the-scenes tug-of-war, a generation gap — between “old school” and “new school” leaders.
Gideon Aronoff The results of the November elections did little to further the hope that comprehensive immigration reform is a realistic goal for the immediate future. For much of the 20th and all of the 21st century, this country has been living a conundrum as far as immigration is concerned. On the one hand we
1. What is the root of today’s generational divide that exists among Jewish leaders? How might a mutually
respectful multigenerational conversation be productive?
2. What are the most fundamental issues at play around decisions to retire, and to hand over the mantle of power and creativity to someone new?
3. What are the primary obstacles that present stumbling blocks to successful leadership succession at synagogues or other major Jewish institutions?
4. Is it healthy to mix family and business? Why, or why not?
5. What are the aspects of charismatic leadership that create healthy and also unhealthy followers and organizations?