2019 Institute Class


The NATA Institute was held at the Brandeis-Bardin campus as the Steve Breuer Conference Center was closed for repairs.


To present the body of knowledge established by the FTA Certification Board as constituting the core requirement for Certification as a Fellow in Temple Administration. Examinations for FTA designations will be offered to participants at the Institute. (Candidates for the FTA are also required to complete a Hebrew reading exam and fulfill a thesis or temple project requirement within three years of successful completion of other exams.)

This is a great way to further your career as a professional Temple Executive Director/Administrator!


The Institute Courses include Management and Judaic subjects. View the Course Outline.

Management Courses and Exams required for NATA Senior Membership:   

  • Human Resources
  • Techniques and Tools of Synagogue Management
  • Budgeting and Finance
  • Governance
  • Membership
  • Marketing

Additional Courses and Exams offered at the Institute required for FTA Certification:

  • Liturgy
  • Ceremonies, Holidays and Practices
  • History of Reform Judaism
  • Prayerbook Hebrew Reading Literacy

Finally, FTA Certification requires the fulfillment of a thesis or temple project within three years of successful completion of all exams above.


Enrollment in the Institute includes five nights (Sunday through Thursday nights) with meals included. If you wish to reserve to a (limited number available) private room, note the private room fee below.


 Agler NATA

“I was fortunate to be a part of the NATA Institute in 2017 which challenged me in many ways. The institute is the best way to create your support network of colleagues. After pushing through the many classes and exams together as a unit, you really get to know one another and form connections that will boost your career. No matter the topic, we all learned some valuable lessons from the instructors. Even if you are knowledgeable in some of the content areas, you will see it all from a new perspective as you refresh your skills and get terrific ideas for moving our organizations forward. I view NATA Institute as a must for any NATA member looking to make a career out of synagogue management. 

– Dan Deutsch, Executive Director, Temple Israel, Boston, MA

“I strongly recommend that everyone attend the NATA Institute. It was an excellent opportunity to take a break from my daily responsibilities to focus on the skills and knowledge that will make me a better Executive Director. Getting uninterrupted study and networking time with other Executive Directors in beautiful Malibu, California (in January!) made the whole experience very special. I was able to pass all of the exams and attain Senior Member status in one short week.”  

– Beth Silver, Executive Director, Temple Rodef Shalom, Falls Church, VA  

“Here Comes a Cheesy Cheer:
Don’t miss out on the Institute!”





(Class is limited to 18 participants. First-come, first-served basis)

NATA Regular Member, Shared Room: (A subsidy from NATA makes the tuition reduction possible) $420

NATA Regular Member, Private Room: (A subsidy from NATA makes the tuition reduction possible) $490

Courtesy Members or Non-NATA Member, Shared Room: $720
Courtesy Members or Non-NATA Member, Private Room: $790

Here is the 2019 REGISTRATION FORM