The National Association for Temple Administration (NATA) holds an Annual Conference to bring together Executive Directors and nationally recognized presenters in the areas of Judaic knowledge, management, finance, human resources and leadership. Register now for the 2015 – Orlando, FL – October 31 to November 4, 2015 conference that is followed by the URJ Biennial November 4-8, 2015

2015 Orlando Schedule
Friday, Oct 30 8:00 am – 12:00 am Office
5:45 pm – 7:00 pm Board Reception
7:15 pm – 9:00 pm Shabbat Dinner
Saturday, Oct 31 8:00 am – 12:00 am Office
8:00 am – 10:00 am Executive Board Meeting/Breakfast
10:00 am – 5:00 pm Registration
10:00 am – 1:00 pm Board Meeting/Lunch
1:30 pm – 3:00 pm Sr. Management Class #1
3:15 pm – 4:45 pm Sr. Management Class #2
5:00 pm – 6:00 pm First-Timer Reception
6:00 pm – 7:00 pm Opening Reception
7:00 pm – 10:00 pm Opening Banquet & Keynote Speaker
Sunday, Nov  1 8:00 am – 12:00 am Office
8:00 am -12:00 pm Registration
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast: Church Network
8:00 am – 9:00 am First Timer Breakfast
10:00 am-12:00 pm Vendor Set-up
9:15 am – 12:15 pm General Session-Gary Stern
12:30 pm – 1:30 pm Lunch: NAASE
2:00 pm – 3:15 pm Workshops Session 1
1 Homeland Security
2 Interfaith
3 Volume Discounts
4:30 PM Buses to Hard Rock Café
5:00 pm -6:30 pm Hard Rock Cafe/Dinner
7:00 PM Blue Man Group
9:00 PM Buses from HRC back to hotel
9:30pm – 10:30 pm Dessert Reception in Vendor Area
Monday, Nov 2 8:00 am – 12:00 am Office
8:00 am – 12:00 am Vendor Exhibit
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast
9:00 – 10:00am Worship
10:15 am – 12:15 am General Session-Deborah Naish
12:30 am – 2:30 pm Lunch  & Plenary
3:00-3:45 pm Workshop Microsessions (45 min)
1 Remember, Everyone is Important
2 Make your People your Brand
3 Burn the Free Fuel
4 Being Professional
4:00-4:30 pm Buses to Mitzvah Projects
4:30-7:00 pm Mitzvah Projects
7:00 pm-7:30 pm Buses back to hotel or sites
7:30 pm and beyond Dinner on Your Own
Tuesday, Nov 3 8:00 am – 12:00 pm Office
8:00 am – 4:00 pm Vendor Exhibit
8:00 am – 9:00 am Breakfast: URJ Panel
9:15 am – 11:15 am General Session-Mike Bonem-Leading from the second chair
11:45 am – 1:15 pm General Session 2-Mike Bonem -Servant Leadership & Lunch
12:00 pm – 1:30 pm Vendor Tear Down
1:45 pm – 3:00 pm Workshops Session 2
1 Empty Nesters
2 Jewish Legacy
3 NATA-NET/The Tent
3:30 pm – 5:30pm FTA Exams
3:30 pm – 4:30pm Conference Chairs Meeting
3:30 pm – 4:30pm Misc. Committee Meetings
4:30 pm – 5:30pm User Group Meetings
6:00pm-10:30 pm Closing Banquet & Awards


NATA Orlando Conference registration is now open and is available in the Members Only area of the website.

Conference Ads and the 2015 NATA Awards information are available in the Members Only section or by calling the NATA Office at 1-800-966-NATA or email

2015 Vendor Packet


Mike Bonem, who will speak on “Leading from the Second Chair,” is a consultant, author, speaker, church leader, businessman, husband and father. Mike spent over 10 years on the staff of West University Baptist Church in Houston, most recently as Executive Pastor. Mike obtained his M.B.A. degree, with distinction, from Harvard Business School. Mike’s consulting, speaking, and writing focuses on helping leaders maximize their effectiveness. He has helped congregations conduct in-depth assessments, initiate healthy change, and establish implementation plans.  He is the author or co-author of three books.

Gary J. Stern will address NATA on the topic of “Shaping the Future:  Engaging Congregants for Exceptional Vision and Results.” Gary is president of Portland, Maine-based Stern Consulting International, specializing in governance, planning, strategic alliances, and organizational performance with nonprofits, congregations, and government institutions.  He is a former faculty member and developed curricula with STAR PEER (Professional Education for Excellence in Rabbis), is a member of the Eitzah Team, and has led strategic planning, marketing planning and organization development projects with synagogues and numerous other Jewish and secular organizations. Gary 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.

Deborah Naish, is excited to be back at the NATA Conference to facilitate a session on “Creating Our Future Together: Our NATA Community and Our Personal Visions.” Deborah brings over 30 years of experience in business and non-profit management, licensing, and marketing to her work as principal of Naish Partners Consulting. Deborah has served as a business consultant in leadership development, organizational design, team building, and strategy for corporations, small businesses, and non-profits. Most recently, she was the Executive Director of Congregation B’nai B’rith in Santa Barbara, CA. Before joining the staff, she was President of the Board. She is on the Board of Trustees for the URJ and The Avi Schaefer Fund, and was fortunate to serve on the NATA Board.





Future Conferences:

 2016/17 – Nashville, TN – January 15-19, 2017* (Joint NAASE Conference) This is NATA’s 2016 Conference

 2017 – Boston, MA – December 2-6, 2017 (Followed by the URJ Biennial)