Posted on January 4th, 2014

Reflections from the President – NATE in 2014

Happy 2014! I hope the New Year is off to a good start for you and yours. As we enter this new secular year ARJE leadership is busy making changes, building relationships inside and out and working to enhance the professional life and learning of all our members. Please see the notes from our Fall meetings for more information on the work of our operations and board teams.


In addition to the more than 20 active committees and task forces working on individual areas of ARJE development, our senior leaders continue to meet with outside colleagues in order to build partnerships and collaborations. We have had a handful of meetings with our colleagues in NATA to learn from them about how they have advanced their relationship with the URJ in order to better serve their members and the congregations of the Movement. We met together with the senior leaders of the CCAR, the ACC and NATA to discuss how we might work together to advance the needs, concerns and professional life of all congregational professionals in the Movement. We met with our the leaders of the Schools of Education at HUC-JIR to discuss how we can support each other in enhancing and growing the field of Jewish education. And, we have begun a dialogue with the Foundation for Jewish Camp (FJC) in the hopes of beginning a wider dialogue among all our members to discuss what it means to create a connected, 12-month curriculum. Watch the next NATEnow for more information on the work of the FJC and be sure to add your voice to conversation as it unfolds!


If you are interested in any of these developing projects or any of the on-going committees of NATE, please let us know. As a volunteer organization, it is only through the hard work of our members that we can succeed in serving everyone! Feel free to reach out to any of our leaders (listed under leadership on the website) or complete a Membership Involvement Profile form:


2014 promises to be a busy and exciting year for NATE. Be a part of it all by becoming a volunteer and by joining the conversation on our Facebook group or following us on Twitter at @NATEducators .