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The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others.

- Mahatma Gandhi 

As a volunteer-driven organization, member participation is the strength behind NATA’s activities and events. NATA offers many ways to get involved, get connected, and give back. Using your skills to benefit others not only showcases your abilities, but helps you build community and contribute to the advancement of the profession of synagogue executive directors and administrators.

As a peer-to-peer support organization, NATA is fueled by its robust pool of volunteers and lay leaders. NATA offers a variety of ways for our members to get involved, from short-term projects to ongoing committee membership and board service.

We encourage you to find something that speaks to you and to use this opportunity to become more engaged with your colleagues.

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Short on time? Look at these short-term, low-commitment opportunities that offer quick options for getting involved.

Benefits of Micro-Volunteering:

  • More flexibility when it comes to volunteering.
  • The ability to volunteer for short outcome-focused assignments.
  • The ability to learn more about NATA before fully committing.
  • The potential to use skills for the greater good.

Be an Onboarding Coach

Are you passionate about NATA membership? Share your excitement and experience with a new member by helping them get started on the right foot.

Be a Mentor

If you are an experienced synagogue executive with 5 or more years of experience in the field, consider helping new executives get acclimated to their new position by serving as a mentor.

Subject Matter Expert

Do have significant knowledge and experience in a particular area of synagogue management? Share your wisdom with your NATA colleagues!

Publish a blog post, host a webinar, or present at conference.

Conference Helper

Don't have time to serve on the conference planning committee? That's okay, there are plenty of things you can do at the event to help out!

Work Groups

Not ready to commit to a standing committee? No problem! NATA often forms work groups or task forces to address specific tasks or issues. Some examples of recent workgroups include:

  • Titles Task Force, which is working on creating standardized definitions for the most common synagogue executive job titles of Executive Director and Administrator.
  • Joint Conference Feasibility Group, which researched the feasibility of holding a joint conference with NAASE and NATA members.

While the Conference Planning Committee can be a full year commitment, there are plenty of small sub-committees that require a much smaller commitment and are critical to the success of our annual conference.

Standing Committees

NATA has a number of standing committees. Some are mandated in the organization's bylaws and others have been created by the Board of Directors to fill specific needs.

Each committee sets its own meeting schedule. Some meet monthly, while others meet quarterly or as needed. For a full description of each committee and their current meeting schedules view the Committees page.

  • Communications
  • Conference
  • Ethics
  • Finance
  • Governance
  • Leadership Development
  • Membership Engagement
  • Nominating
  • Professional Development

To join a committee, log into the All Things NATA community in NATA Connect and complete the Volunteer Interest Form.

Board of Directors

Are you ready for the big time? Great! The NATA Board of Directors is the place to be. As a board member you'll have the privilege of working with your fellow leaders to envision and ensure a strong and sustainable future for NATA.

Board service is not taken lightly and requires the highest level of commitment to your colleagues.

If you are interested in serving on the Board, you'll want to review the eligibility requirements and start working towards your goal.

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