BARKAI builds strong Jewish communities by training communal rabbis.
barkai trains rabbis

Barkai trains and certifies Israeli rabbis in counseling, abuse recognition, sensitivity training, mediation and more. Armed with these pastoral skills, rabbis are better equipped to support, sustain, and provide for their community’s spiritual and familial health.

BARKAI builds strong Jewish communities by training communal rabbis.
barkai trains rabbis

Barkai trains and certifies Israeli rabbis in counseling, abuse recognition, sensitivity training, mediation and more. Armed with these pastoral skills, rabbis are better equipped to support, sustain, and provide for their community’s spiritual and familial health.

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Rabbinic Program
Rabbinic Program
Our two year program teaches rabbis the skills they need to lead a healthy community. Barkai rabbis are better equipped to support and sustain their community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Individuals and families with a support network show greater resilience, mental stability, and communal health.
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Rabbaniot Program
Women often prefer to speak to other women. Thus, Barkai provides monthly workshops for the wives and partners of our rabbis. Training in counseling, active listening, coaching, communal work and mediation enables them to be a source of support, comfort, role modeling and information for other women and girls.
program barkai pulpit rabbis exchange
Pulpit Rabbi Program
Pulpit Rabbis Exchange Program
Sharing their expertise and learning from each other, six RCA and six Barkai Rabbis will embark on a special rabbinic program spending time in their paired community fine tuning their chaplaincy and community building skills while bringing Israeli and Diaspora communities closer together.
barkai lay leadership program
Lay Leadership Barkai
Lay Leadership Development
A synagogue depends on its lay leadership for programming, communication, oversight and operations. Lay leadership builds strong bonds within the community and with the rabbi and rabbanit. Barkai guides and supports the creation of lay leadership with conferences and support throughout the year.
Rabbinic Program
Rabbinic Program
Our two year program teaches rabbis the skills they need to lead a healthy community. Barkai rabbis are better equipped to support and sustain their community’s spiritual and emotional wellbeing. Individuals and families with a support network show greater resilience, mental stability, and communal health.
program barkai rabbinic
program barkai rabbiniot
Program02 Right
Rabbaniot Program
Women prefer to speak to other women about certain matters. Thus, Barkai provides monthly workshops for the wives and partners of our rabbis. Training in counseling, active listening, coaching, communal work and mediation enables them to be a source of support, comfort, role modeling and information for the women and girls of the community.
Pulpit Rabbi Program
Pulpit Rabbis Exchange Program
Sharing their expertise and learning from each other, six RCA and six Barkai Rabbis will embark on a special rabbinic program spending time in their paired community fine tuning their chaplaincy and community building skills while bringing Israeli and Diaspora communities closer together.
program barkai pulpit rabbis exchange
barkai lay leadership program
Lay Leadership Barkai
Lay Leadership Development
A synagogue depends on its lay leadership for programming, communication, oversight and operations. Lay leadership builds strong bonds within the community and with the rabbi and rabbanit. Barkai guides and supports the creation of lay leadership with conferences and support throughout the year.

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personal training

Recently a moving and trailblazing ceremony took place at Barkai marking the successful completion of a course in personal coaching in which every rabbi received a certificate of completion dependent upon the completion of a project in their community.

The initiative to include the area of personal coaching in the Barkai curriculum was Rabbi Fine's and Rabbi Sobol's. They studied the area of coaching and came to the conclusion that the ability to strengthen others and to motivate them to achieve results and progress is most useful for rabbis being that it is part of a rabbi's job to harness the energy of the community in order to progress and to institute new programs. In addition a rabbi serves as a sympathetic ear to many and therefore it is necessary that he has the proven ability of the world of coaching so that he can be attentive and of assistance.

It was decided to turn to the head of the "Tze La'or (Go to the light)" Academy of Coaching in the Spirit of Judaism, Ran Sarid. Sarid, a former successful businessman and the founder of the Jewish cultural network, 'Dabri Shir".. Sarid's course took place over this winter. The rabbis reported acquiring skills that helped them not only in their communal work but in their personal lives as well. The warm personal relationship of Sarid towards the rabbis also contributed to the rabbi's acquisition of coaching and its tools. The moving. Barkai thanks Ran Sarid for developing a unique course for the Barkai rabbis and promises to bring more tools from the world of coaching in order to assist the rabbis in dealing with the challenges of modern times.

The Barkai Center for Practical Rabbinics aims to improve the fabric of Israeli society by intensively training Israeli rabbis in all aspects of communal rabbinics so that they can lead their communities to a more meaningful connection with Judaism and act as a unifying force in Israeli society.

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