This simulation provides an opportunity for students to immerse themselves in the elements of negotiating a rabbi’s employment contract with a synagogue.
Beth El, a medium-sized, suburban, conservative synagogue in the Midwest United States, grew considerably under Rabbi Newman’s two and a half years of guidance. He is younger and more progressive than the previous rabbi who led Beth El for 32 years.
A new contract is necessary now that Rabbi Newman’s three-year probationary period is coming to an end. Though it was originally assumed that negotiating the new contract would be smooth and easily ratified by the General Board, it has proven to be difficult. Rabbi Newman ran into resistance from the second Vice President, Sy Katz, who represents older members of the congregation who don’t agree with the rabbi’s style and feel he is asking for too much.
The two men plan to sit down with the congregation’s president serving as mediator, to try to reach agreement for the terms of the new contract.
Timetable for the Exercise:
2.5 – 3.5 hrs:
Offline Preparation: 1-2 hours
Final Preparation and Class: 20 minutes
Conducting the Exercise: 40 minutes
Debrief: 20 minutes
TEACHER’S PACKAGE INCLUDES:
Confidential Instructions for:
Rabbi Ben Newman
Second VP, Sy Katz
President, Charlene Gold
Negotiation of Rabbi Ben Newman's Employment Contract, The Attributes
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