Olitzky, Rabbi Kerry M. and Rabbi Avi S. Olitzky New Membership & Financial Alternatives for the American Synagogue A tool for transforming a synagogue membership model into a financial success


Introduction to Judaism

Diamant, Anita with Howard Cooper Living a Jewish Life This book describes Judaism as not just a contemplative or abstract system of thought but as a blueprint for living fully and honorably.

Kula, Irwin Yearnings: Embracing the Sacred Messiness of Life Life is messy and imperfect. The message of this book is that living in this world is anything but simple. Facing disasters, betrayals, and family problems, we yearn for answers — clear paths, comfortable…easy solutions. And we shouldn’t.

Strassfeld, Michael A Book of Life, Embracing Judaism as a Spiritual Practice A book that charts a clear path to a more spiritually rich practice of Judaism-from the coauthor of the best-selling Jewish Catalogs.

Wolpe Rabbi David Why Be Jewish? In this short and inspirational text, Rabbi Wolpe addresses all who seek to enlarge the spiritual side of their lives.


Organizational Behavior

Conners, Roger and Smith, Tom.  Change the Culture Change the Game, The Breakthrough Strategy for Energizing your Organization and Creating Accountability for Results Portfolio /Penguin (2011).  This book applies their results pyramid model to measure the way in which organizations accelerate culture change, energize their organizations and create greater accountability for results.

Davenport, Thomas H. and Harris, Jeanne G.  Competing on Analytics, The New Science of Winning Harvard Business School Publishing Corporation (2007).  The authors argue that successful organizations do much more than simply collect and store data.  They must build competitive strategies around data-driven insights for more effective and efficient execution, smart decision making and gaining the most from each resource that is used.

Dresner, Howard, Profiles In Performance John Wiley and Sons (2010).  Using specific case studies, the author focuses on  the way in which business intelligence/performance driven models create opportunities for companies to understand what works, and what doesn’t.

Friedman, Mark.   Trying Hard is not Good Enough, How to Produce Measurable Improvements for Customers and Communities   FPSI Publishing (2005).  This is a how-to book on accountability with specific examples on how to produce measurable improvements.

Morino, Mario.  Leap of Reason, Managing to Outcomes in an Era of Scarcity.  Venture Philanthropy Partners (2011).  This book argues that in an era of scarcity, it is important to manage to outcomes and to move away from stirring stories to measuring results.

Penna, Robert M. The Nonprofit Outcomes Tool box, A Complete Guide to Program Effectiveness, Performance Measurement, and Results. John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2011).  This is another how-to book that describes itself as a complete guide to program effectiveness, performance measurement and results.

Sheehan, Robert M.  Mission Impact, Breakthrough Strategies for Nonprofits  John Wiley & Sons, Inc. (2010).   This book is focused on strategic and operational planning to help organizations determined what their outcomes should be.

Personal Growth

Beilock, Sian. Choke What the Secrets of the Brain Reveal About Getting It Right When You Have To Simon & Shuster (2010) An expert on performance and brain science, the author reveals in Choke the astonishing new science of why we all too often blunder when the stakes are high. What happens in our brain and body when we experience the dreaded performance anxiety?

Fisher, Roger, William Ury, and Bruce Patton.  Getting to  Yes: Negotiating Agreement Without Giving In Penguin (1991).  This book offers a straightforward, universally applicable method for negotiating personal and professional disputes without getting taken and without getting angry