The Lay Leadership Development Program ran in 2019, providing invaluable resources and training to Maine’s lay leaders. If there is interest, we will consider running the program again, provided we have a minimum of four participating congregations or Jewish communal organizations. Please let us know if you’d be interested in being part of a potential future cohort.  For more information, contact Liz Snider at


Are you a board member or lay leader at your local synagogue or Jewish institution? Are you interested in charging up your leadership potential, troubleshooting problematic board dysfunction, learning valuable best practices, and coming together with other lay leaders from across the state to support and inspire one another, under the guidance of a specialized consultant with decades of experience?

The Center for Small Town Jewish Life is offering an incredible opportunity for lay leaders and board members from synagogues across the state of Maine. (We will also consider requests from non-synagogue Jewish institutions to participate.) David Trietsch, the founding director of the Combined Jewish Philanthropies Leadership Development Institute and now an independent consultant for Jewish non-profit leaders, will be offering individual assessments and group consultations. Our goal is to provide the highest-quality mentoring to Maine’s lay Jewish leadership, but also to develop a cohort of lay leaders who can continue to support and advise one another, even after the training period has ended.

Interested? We’re looking for the commitment to one intake conversation, and a series of cohort-wide meetings, led by David—all of which will take place virtually, to allow easy participation from across the state, regardless of weather. Our program is set to launch at the beginning of 2019. Spots are limited! For more information, and to put your name forward for consideration, please contact Liz Snider at