Hayim Herring

Hayim’s business model assures excellence in quality and cost sensitivity for clients. As a veteran professional in the Jewish community and a national thought leader, Hayim is well networked with emerging and established experts in various fields. Hayim problem solves with some of the following thought partners and will use them with clients when they can benefit from complementary expertise.

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Rabbi Hayim Herring Ph.D.

Email: hayim@hayimherring.com


Prior to founding Hayim Herring’s consulting business, Hayim was executive director of STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), a national foundation supported by the Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation, The Samuel Bronfman Foundation and the Steinhardt Foundation for Jewish Life. STAR’s mission was congregational innovation and executive leadership development. Through that work, Hayim interacted with over 250 congregations in North America of all denominations, as well as independents. While at STAR, Hayim created the Synaplex™ Initiative which continues to influence congregations. Hayim has also served as a senior rabbi of a major congregation and as assistant director of the Minneapolis Jewish Federation.

Known as a national thought leader on Jewish life, Hayim has pioneered local and national innovative initiatives for over 25 years. He has a proven ability to take “big ideas” and bring them to scale. He was cited several times in Newsweek Magazine as one of America’s influential rabbis and has published over 35 scholarly and popular articles and studies about the contemporary American Jewish community. He recently authored a book about leadership, synagogues and the broader American Jewish community, entitled Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life, published by The Alban Institute in 2012 and is working on a companion resource guide that will be available in the Spring of 2013.

Hayim holds degrees from Columbia University (magna cum laude) and The Jewish Theological Seminary of America, where he was ordained, and a doctorate in Organization and Management from Capella University’s School of Business. He was awarded a Doctor of Divinity, h.c., in 2011.

Hayim is life-long researcher and learner who loves to teach and a teacher who loves to learn from his clients. He serves on several national and local boards and volunteers for a number of causes in Minneapolis, his home since 1985. He visits his Jerusalem home often and enjoys playing trumpet.

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Sheridan Zuther
Executive Assistant

Email: sheridan@hayimherring.com


Sheridan Zuther joined Herring Consulting Network in February 2012 after touring the U.S. and Canada 7 years as a performer with nationally-acclaimed vocal jazz quintet Five By Design, performing with over 70 symphony orchestras and on the stages of 350+ performing art centers. She was also Five By Design’s Operations Manager, which honed skills that helps her produce large-scale musicals and private events in the Twin Cities since 2007. Prior to working on the road, she learned about marketing as an Account Coordinator with Campbell Mithun Advertising for 5 years while performing at venues such as the Ordway Center, the Guthrie, and Park Square Theater. She still performs locally with Five By Design as well as her own jazz/swing and opera gigs in the Cities. She teaches private voice lessons, along with music clinics and master classes in high schools, colleges, and summer camps around the country. Sheridan received her B.M. Vocal Performance-Opera from the Univ. of Missouri-Kansas City, Conservatory of Music. As Executive Assistant, Sheridan is very happy to be working with Rabbi Herring and the wonderful people involved with HayimHerring.com!

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Lianna Levine Reisner
Organizational Change, Research and Knowledge Products


Lianna Levine Reisner is an organizational change consultant based in New York City. She has served in management, fundraising, and grantmaking roles in the nonprofit and philanthropic sectors, and she has a lifetime of volunteer leadership experience in religious organizations, musical groups, and schools. Lianna is well-versed in the needs and challenges of small organizations and new ventures, diversity-conscious organizations, and Jewish communal institutions. Her work blends best practices from the fields of coaching, consulting, positive psychology, organizational development, community building, and network-centric organizing. Most recently, Lianna was the Development Director of a community-based nonprofit in Silver Spring, MD, that empowered diverse leaders to act for community change across lines of race, class, and culture. Previously, she worked in Jewish philanthropy, congregational education, and JCC-affiliated camping. She is an active volunteer in synagogue life and was a young leader in both USY and Hillel. Lianna also supports the fundraising activities of two performing arts organizations in Manhattan.

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Jason A. Miller
Chief Technology Adviser

http://www.accesscomptech.com | http://www.rabbijason.com

Jason A. Miller serves as a technology adviser for Hayim Herring. An ordained rabbi, Jason is president of Access Computer Technology, based in Detroit, and is a contributing writer to Time.com, Huffington Post, JTA, the Forward and MyJewishLearning.com. A social media expert, Miller won the 2012 Young Entrepreneur of the Year Award from the West Bloomfield Chamber of Commerce and was presented with a Jewish Influencer award from the National Jewish Outreach Program during Social Media Week 2012 in New York City. Miller has made a name for himself as an entrepreneurial rabbi and a social media expert whose personal blog has been viewed by over 1.5 million. He’s a sought-after speaker on the intersection of new technology with Jewish life and The Detroit Free Press called him “the most tech-savvy Jewish leader in metro Detroit” and the Huffington Post ranked him among the top Jewish Twitter users in the world. He writes the “Jewish Techs” blog and the monthly “Jews in the Digital Age” column for the Detroit Jewish News. Jason created several Web based projects including PopJewish.com and TorahDaily.com.

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Jill Friedman Fixler
Volunteer Engagement


Jill Friedman Fixler is a nationally known leader recognized for her innovative approaches to re-inventing, re-engineering, and re-vitalizing nonprofit and public sector organizations. She combines her skills as a trainer, facilitator, public speaker, and coach to promote excellence in volunteer engagement, strategic planning, and board and organizational development for organizations throughout the U.S. and Canada. Jill has more than 30 years of experience, having worked with health and human services agencies; community centers; faith-based organizations; government; and cultural, environmental, and animal welfare organizations. Jill is a frequent presenter at national and regional conferences, including the Ontario Hospital Association, National Multiple Sclerosis Society Leadership Meeting, Hostelling International – USA National Council Meeting, the International Conference on Volunteer Administration, American Hospital Association – Association of Volunteer Resource Professionals National Conference, and the National Conference on Volunteerism and Service. Jill’s many articles on volunteer engagement and board development have appeared in The Volunteer Management Review, Nonprofit Board and Governance Review, and E-Volunteerism Journal. She is the author of Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Collaborate Today, Thrive Tomorrow and Boomer Volunteer Engagement: Facilitator’s Tool Kit and is a contributing author to CharityChannel’s You and Your Nonprofit: Practical Advice and Tips from the CharityChannel Professional Community.

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Avi Herring
Research and Knowledge Products

Avi Herring is a planning associate at UJA-Federation of New York, where he focuses on strengthening Jewish day schools and fostering Jewish identity among Israelis. He has a Masters in Public Administration and a Masters in Jewish Studies from New York University. Previously, he was a UJA-Federation FEREP (Federation Executive Recruitment and Education Program) scholar and graduate student intern at UJA-Federation. Avi graduated in May 2010 from the Joint Program with Columbia University and the Jewish Theological Seminary with B.A.s in Middle Eastern studies and Modern Jewish studies. Avi has published articles on Jewish education, Jewish peoplehood and Israel in eJewishphilanthropy, PresenTense magazine and The Current, Columbia University’s journal of politics, culture and Jewish affairs. Recently, Avi co-authored a study on the gender pay gap among Jewish professionals (forthcoming in the Journal of Jewish Communal Service). He has also been a research assistant for the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU Wagner and for Rabbi Herring’s recently published book on synagogues, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life.

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Rose McKinney
Branding and Reputation Management Specialist


Pineapple RM is a reputation management agency that nurtures and harvests positive, valuable brand reputations for a wide spectrum of clients.  Rose McKinney, founder and CEO, has led campaigns for myriad organizations ranging from small entrepreneurial ventures and non-profits to international conglomerates. Our team focuses on branding, implementing communications programs, and managing issues and preparing for the challenges  that accompany crisis.  We are PR counselors, copywriters, art directors, and brand strategists with insight, perspective, wisdom and future-forward thinking who welcome your communication challenges and opportunities.   Our “always fresh, never canned” approach helps create meaningful connections with all of your stakeholders including employees, customers, members, media and more.

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Marsha Rothpan
Organizational Change

Marsha Katz Rothpan brings more than 20 years of professional and volunteer experience in non-profit and Jewish community organizations, camps and synagogues to her work with HCN. Her areas of expertise include organizational and leadership development, community engagement, program development and assessment. In addition to being a consultant, she is the part-time Marketing and Family Program Director for The Shalom Institute and Camp JCA Shalom in Malibu, CA. Prior to this, Marsha held the position of Program and Marketing Director at Congregation Or Ami in Calabasas, CA and spent more than five years with STAR (Synagogues: Transformation and Renewal), a national organization focused on executive leadership training and congregational engagement. At STAR, she held the position of Senior Program Officer and directed synagogue renewal initiatives such as STAR’s national Synaplex™ Initiative and the pilot initiative, Collaborating for Congregational Capacities. In June, 2009, Marsha received the Jewish Communal Professionals of Southern California’s prestigious Mark Meltzer Award for New and Innovative Programming for developing STAR’s Synaplex Initiative into a national program with a diverse network of over 200 congregations. Marsha also worked at Hadassah Southern California Metro Area and the Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles before her becoming a consultant and working with STAR.Marsha serves in leadership roles in several non-profit organizations in the Los Angeles area. She is currently the co-chair of the national alumni professional development program for Hebrew Union College School of Jewish Non Profit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service). Marsha holds an M.A. in Jewish Communal Service from Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and a Masters in Social Work from the University of Southern California.

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Jim Schreier Ph.D., SPHR
Strategic Plan and Process Futurism


James W. Schreier, Ph.D., SPHR is a management consultant specializing in management and leadership training, organizational development, strategic exploration and planning, and organizational culture assessment and change. Dr. Schreier is the Director of Training for Joel Barker’s Strategic Exploration Tools. Schreier is a Master Facilitator Trainer for the Implications Wheel® and Strategy Matrix® Strategic Exploration Tools. He has worked closely with Joel Barker, developing new applications for the tools, including the Vision Album and T.I.P.S. Tracking. He has facilitated major strategic exploration using the Implications Wheel for the City of Prior Lake, Hurricane Katrina, the World Future Society, and the YMCA International Youth Leadership Conference. He has been involved in major projects with a financial institution and a law enforcement agency, implementing performance-based hiring solutions for several specific positions, with an entertainment organization, implementing an organizational culture assessment and change process, a major management training program, and a guest service training program. He holds a Bachelor’s Degree in Marketing and Human Resources, an MBA, and a Ph.D. in Education, all from Marquette University. He is lifetime certified as a Senior Professional in Human Resource Management.

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Gary Stern
Organizational Development and Marketing

Gary J. Stern is president of Portland, Maine-based Stern Consulting International, specializing in governance, strategic planning, business planning and marketing with nonprofit organizations, congregations, associations and multi-sector collaborations. He is a former faculty member with STAR: Synagogues Transformation and Renewal, and has led strategic planning, marketing planning and leadership transition projects with synagogues and numerous other Jewish and secular organizations. Gary edited the 2nd edition of the Drucker Foundation Organizational Self-Assessment Tool, wrote the Tool Process Guide, and led the Drucker Foundation International Training Team. He is author of Marketing Workbooks for Nonprofit Organizations: Volume I: Develop the Plan (Second Edition, 2001), which was adapted as the official marketing workbook of United Way of America, and Volume II: Mobilize People for Marketing Success. Both are in circulation around the world. He is accomplished across the fields of education, youth development, arts and entertainment, publishing, health and human services, environmental protection, community development, professional associations, religious congregations, museums and gardens, international relations, philanthropy, nonprofit capacity building, and volunteerism.