The Rabbi as Spiritual Leader

By Sidney Schwarz

Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA), Fall 1999

The author discusses, in detail, models of rabbinic leadership which tend to lead to thriving congregations. He discusses relationships between the rabbinic leadership role and other congregational leadership roles such as boards and officers. He discusses problems of communal culture and organizational culture, and how rabbis can create, challenge or clash with these congregational norms. He further treats issues relating to the dichotomy between rabbinic power and authority and the empowerment of laypeople. The corporate culture with its model of the board supervising the rabbi undercuts the rabbi and deprives the community of spiritual leadership, the author argues; congregations should seek sacred partnerships with their rabbis which entail real spiritual leadership on the rabbi's part.

Topic: Management and Administration, Rabbis, Spirituality, Reconstructionist Judaism, Governance, Leadership, Clergy

Name of Publication: The Reconstructionist

Editor: Hirsh, Richard

Volume/Issue: Vol.64/no.1

Page Number(s): 25-33

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Genre: Article

Coverage: United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Schwarz, Sidney. The Rabbi as Spiritual Leader. The Reconstructionist. Reconstructionist Rabbinical Association (RRA). Fall 1999: 25-33.


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