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. We just completed a very successful 2015 conference in Orlando, Florida.


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

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


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.



 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)