Keeping Faith in Rabbis: The Beginning of a National Conversation

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Keeping Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation on Rabbinical Education is an original book of essays by rabbis, academics and lay leaders who explore the question, “What goes into the making of a 21st Century rabbinical leader?” Keeping Faith in Rabbis confronts the challenges of religious leadership with support and solutions written by those who live those challenges every day. It is no wonder it has drawn high praise.


Advance Praise:

Keeping Faith in Rabbis is a thoughtful, thought-provoking collection of essays on religious leadership.”

–Adam Grant, Wharton Professor and New York Times bestselling author of Give and Take


“This is the book we’ve been waiting for… This book pulls it all together with stories, arguments, the latest scholarship and common sense. If you are in the synagogue or rabbinic world, you need to read this… A great visionary and reflective work that will hopefully shape our understanding for many years to come.”

–Rabbi Asher Lopatin, President of Yeshivat Chovevei Torah Rabbinical School


“Keeping Faith in Rabbis is like having coffee with 33 rabbis and lay leaders who speak to you as a trusted confidant. Before you get to the last drop, you’ve been challenged, and inspired to re-imagine the future of rabbinic leadership and education for our changing world.”

–Cyd Weissman

Director of Innovation, Congregational Learning, The Jewish Education Project, Adjunct Lecturer Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion  


“The book explores many issues that face Christian pastors as much as they do rabbis… The issues are hauntingly similar… Here as elsewhere, significant conversation between Jews and Christians can be valuable for all.”

–Professor Darrell Jodock, Martin E. Marty Regents Chair in Religion and the Academy, St. Olaf College


Keeping Faith in Rabbis delivers even more than it promises. Through the conversation about raising up the rabbis of tomorrow, the essays in this volume put forth bold visions of what Jewish life in America could yet be. These are voices of leadership, unfettered.”

–Professor Shaul Kelner, Professor of Sociology and Jewish Studies at Vanderbilt University


“Keeping Faith in Rabbis is an important contribution to the struggle for American Jewish continuity in the 21st Century. As our numbers continue to diminish, the need for quality rabbinic leadership grows. This volume highlights the importance of providing every tool necessary, including “best practices” to the bedrock of our Jewish future, the rabbinate.”

–Noah Alper, Author of Business Mensch, Founder of Noah’s Bagels and Bread & Circus


Keeping Faith in Rabbis delivers a frank, insightful and often sharply funny conversation about 21st Century American rabbinical education that leaves no Jewish sacred cows unslaughtered.”

–Rabbi Daniel Landes, Director of Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies


“This remarkable collection of reflections conveys the inner, and sometimes highly personal thinking of seasoned rabbis. Rabbis will find these essays revelatory, inspiring, instructive and often surprising — as would anyone with interest in America’s clergy today.”

–Professor Steven M. Cohen, Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy

“Rabbis and everyday Jews share their learning to show someone like me how my involvement is relevant to both me, the Jewish community and beyond… People together makes the world better than people apart.”

–Jeff Rothpan, Comedy writer, Producer, and Comedian


“The 21st Century will be a period of exciting, positive change in all forms of education. I share a passion for leading that evolution with Hayim Herring, Ellie Roscher, and the 33 contributing authors of this book. It’s energizing to think about the possibilities.”

–Scott Kinney, Capella University President


“With this collection, the good Rabbi Herring once again shows us he has his finger on the pulse of the Jewish community. Keep the faith…read the book.”

–Craig Taubman, Musician and Founder of the Pico Union Project


“Rabbis remain central figures in contemporary Jewish life…This volume provides a wealth of thoughtful and often provocative insights into what it means to be a rabbi today and how our vision of and aspirations for the rabbinate translate into a host of new challenges and opportunities for rabbinic education.”

–Dr. Jonathan Woocher, President of Lippman Kanfer Foundation for Living Torah


“Passionate, deeply personal, funny, erudite (though worn lightly), sometimes confessional, always thoughtful and reflective, the essays in Keeping Faith in Rabbis probe the changing demands on and possibilities for rabbinic leadership. Essential reading for everyone who cares about the future of Jewish life.”

–Dr. Ronald Krebs, Associate Professor, Department of Political Science, University of Minnesota


“This is a wonderful collection of engaging essays written from a variety of perspectives. Anyone interested in the future of the rabbinate in America will be challenged and inspired by the wide range of thoughtful insights, personal anecdotes, and Torah wisdom found in this book.”

–Hanna E. Bloomfield, MD, MPH, Associate Chief of Staff of Minneapolis VA Healthcare System and Professor of Medicine at the University of Minnesota


“Hayim Herring thinks radically, re-imagining the roles, leadership models, relationships and behaviors of successful religious institutions. The future of Jewish life and religion in America depends on our willingness to rethink old forms and structures.”

–David M. Elcott, PhD, Taub Professor of Practice in Public Service and Leadership and Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at New York University


Keeping Faith in Rabbis offers a rare glimpse into the minds, hearts, souls and hands of our rabbis, and I, for one, am honored to have been offered this intimate, touching, and sometimes surprising, view…A must-read.”

–Deborah Grayson Riegel, Coach and Author of Oy Vey! Isn’t a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success

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