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.