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NATA Institute

NATA Institute is a week-long intensive aimed at enhancing our members' ability to serve and lead congregations. Institute brings together synagogue professionals from across the country to learn and grow.

The Institute offers the six courses and examinations required for Senior Member status within NATA as well as the Judaic coursework and exams required for the Fellow in Temple Administration certification.

This is a great way to further your career as a professional Temple Executive Director/Administrator!


The Institute Courses include Management and Judaic subjects. View the Course Outline.

Management Courses and Exams required for NATA Senior Membership status are:

  • Human Resources
  • Techniques and Tools of Synagogue Management
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Governance
  • Membership
  • Marketing

Additional Courses and Exams offered at the Institute required for FTA Certification:

  • Liturgy
  • Ceremonies, Holidays and Practices
  • History of Reform Judaism
  • Prayerbook Hebrew Reading Literacy


Attending the NATA Institute was an easy decision. In conversations with Institute graduates at NATA conferences, I knew it would be a great experience. I was not disappointed. From boker tov to lilah tov, the schedule was packed full of interesting, informative classes - and exams. Our class spent the week at beautiful Camp Alonim, which was a perfect environment in which to enjoy the learning experience and be able to create deeper relationships with fellow Executive Directors from across the country. The instructors were very knowledgeable and provided everything we needed for a positive learning experience. For any NATA member wishing to advance their careers, attending the Institute and achieving Senior Member status is essential.

Rick Gratch, Executive Director, Temple B'nai Israel, Oklahoma City, OK

If you're game for one of the most intellectually challenging and stimulating weeks of your career, try NATA Institute. The experience is invigorating and intense and you'll gain as much interacting with your compatriot executive directors and teachers as you will engaging the diverse material that describes our multidisciplinary profession. Thoroughly satisfying, you will end up impressed with the depth and diversity of knowledge, skills and experience temple administration requires. And you will come away with new friends among fellow students and teachers who will likewise impress you with their intelligence, dedication and sense of fun. Plus, it is a well-known fact that time spent in California is not deducted from your life. What's not to like?

Andy Schultz, Congregation Sukkat Shalom, Wilmette, IL

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