The Eitzah Story

Eitzah, begun in 2000, is the collaborative creation of Dr. William Kahn and Rabbi Terry Bookman. It grew out of their mutual concern for synagogues and the people, both lay and professional, who serve those institutions in leadership capacities. Eitzah is an attempt to bring the best practices of organizational development and management principles together with spiritually centered Jewish values to train leaders for the 21st century.

Our original hope was to work within the organizational structures that already existed in the Jewish community. However, the resistance we experienced made it clear that we would have to look elsewhere. We were fortunate. Independent philanthropists also saw the need and soon we were leading workshops and coaching participants across the denominational spectrum nationally. What a blessing! Drawing from the work we did in the Jewish world, in 2008 we published This House We Build (Alban Press) an in-depth guide to healthy synagogues and the people “live” there.

Today, Eitzah is thrilled that rabbis and other Jewish leaders are regularly engaged in this type of learning. At the same time, our team and our focus also evolved. Eitzah is now centered on coaching extraordinary clergy and not-for-profit leaders as well as consulting with exemplary institutions who share our vision of a community that thrives. Eitzah—transforming leadership and creating the future!