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About Hayim Herring


A relationship-builder who works across accepted categories and definitions to create a “third,” better, inclusive way, Rabbi Hayim Herring, Ph.D. is an empathetic listener and transparent leader. Hayim is known to be mission-focused and able to imagine and actualize new business opportunities and organizational partnerships.

Hayim’s colleagues refer to him as entrepreneurial, strategic and highly energetic. He inspires individuals and organizations to achieve their greatest impact. He leverages substantial real-world experience to put sound management practices and financial controls in place and values constructive feedback. Hayim has the ability to help colleagues and volunteer leaders work effectively in transitional times. Hayim is collaborative, confident and decisive when solving problems.

Hayim is a published author and researcher, presenter and nonprofit organizational futurist, with a specialty in Jewish community building. A former congregational rabbi, senior federation executive and executive director at a national Jewish foundation, Hayim is uniquely suited to bring outside perspective and research, coupled with real-world experience, to inspire organizations to achieve their greatest impact. Hayim believes that leadership is fundamentally about creating a preferable future by understanding risks, but focusing energy on significant possibilities.

Hayim also holds a Ph.D. in Organizational Management. He has built a reputation as an organizational visionary, entrepreneur and expert consultant for congregations, Jewish organizations and other socially responsible non-profit organizations. Hayim’s areas of expertise include entrepreneurship, organizational foresight, and new methods in strategic planning. Hayim works with nonprofits to cultivate leaders who can translate their organization’s relevance to new generations and better engage individuals in the work that they do.

In addition to over 50 scholarly and popular articles and studies about the contemporary American Jewish community, Hayim’s most recent publications include Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World with Terri Martinson Elton (Rowman & Littlefield 2016). He has also published a book about leadership, synagogues and the broader American Jewish community, titled Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today: Creating Vibrant Centers of Jewish Life (Alban Institute 2012), and a companion action guide for use with boards and committees titled, Tomorrow’s Synagogue Today. A Guide for Reflection and Action (UJA-Federation of New York and Alban Institute 2013).  Hayim published Keeping the Faith in Rabbis: A Community Conversation about Rabbinical Educationco-authored with Ellie Roscher (Avenida Books, December 2014), an anthology of essays from rabbis, lay people and academics across the denominational spectrum, critically exploring the question, “What goes into the making of a 21st Century Rabbinical Leader?”

Theory and practice, hands-on experience and perspective, listening and learning, faith and fun – Hayim is happy to help your congregation or organization.

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Hayim Herring and his team recognize that the velocity of change often makes organizational life unpredictable. Only with hindsight, are leaders able to see how they might have minimized risks and increased their opportunities for greater impact. Hayim blends outside perspective and inside experience to guide and support organizational leaders with expertise for continued relevance, impact and future success in a dynamic environment. We work with organizations that have a religious, educational or socially progressive mission.


Our Values

• Confidence and humility: While no single person has “the answer,” we are capable and have the experience to effectively respond to any challenge or opportunity to which we commit.
• Diversity and collaboration: Using the collective wisdom of a group, organizations can creatively address their opportunities and problems.
• Transparency and good communication: Trust among people is the pivot for meaningful change, and trust is fostered when stakeholders openly shape and share decisions.
• Inquiry and action: Given the swiftness of change, we take time to learn about new developments that can improve solutions.
• Playfulness and humor: We work hard, are passionate about what we do and like to work with people who also know how to have fun.


Learn more about some of the services that we offer.

Watch Rabbi Hayim Herring and Dr. Terri Elton on KARE 11 talking about their new book, “Leading Congregations and Nonprofits in a Connected World: Platforms, People and Purpose.”


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