Samuel K. Joseph - Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion
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Samuel K. Joseph, Rabbi, Ph.D., RJE Emeritus

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(513) 487-3264
Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development, Emeritus


Rabbinical Program, Cincinnati; Schools of Education; Executive M.A. Program in Jewish Education
Academic Field: 
Jewish Education
Research Interests: 
The nature of effective congregational leadership, both professional and volunteer; effective 21st century Jewish organizational functioning

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Rabbi Samuel K. Joseph, Ph.D. is Eleanor Sinsheimer Distinguished Service Professor of Jewish Education and Leadership Development at HUC-JIR/Cincinnati, where he teaches in the rabbinical school.

His special interest is how Jewish institutions and organizations, from schools to synagogues to national groups, can be most excellent as they seek to fulfill their mission and vision.

Toward this end, Rabbi Joseph works with such groups throughout the world. Most recently he taught at the first rabbinical seminary in Germany since the Holocaust, the Abraham Geiger College in Berlin as the Jacobs Fellow.

In past years he worked with the Jewish community in Australia, New Zealand, Brazil and Argentina. He is the founding rabbi of the liberal congregation in Hong Kong.

Rabbi Joseph consults with rabbis, educators, administrators, communal leaders and lay leaders, supporting them as they lead their institutions and organizations.

He is the author of four books and more than fifty articles in the area of education and leadership.

Current and Future Courses
Introduction to teaching and learning
Leadership and management of Jewish organizations; Skills, Theories and Practice
Perspectives on Death and Bereavement: Educational Implications for the Jewish Community
Teaching about God to children and adults
Fundraising and philanthropy for Rabbis
Systematic Analysis of Group Effectiveness and Development of Competent Group Leadership Skills
Effective Adult learning
Biblical models of leadership
Change and systems theory for educational leaders in Jewish settings
Public Lecture Topics
Team Building for boards; professional staff team
Strategic Planning
Becoming A More Warm and Welcoming Community
Bringing About Successful Change
RESPECT: A Take on Kavod…Honor in Our Community
Leading in an Era of Big Waves and Shifting Tides: Reframing the Challenges
Leading with and by our values
Teaching About God
Why Do Jews Have a Affinity for Chinese Food: Culture and a Glimpse of the Future