Elul Helpline


You’re working harder than ever and juggling a lot.

Sometimes you need a supportive voice to work things through. Atra’s “Elul Helpline” offers one-on-one coaching and support with experts in the field, free of charge. Talk through your biggest challenge – be it coping with burnout, planning ahead during uncertain times, managing your Board, family engagement, providing pastoral care, or building community in innovative ways – or just use your half hour to get the chizuk (encouragement) you need from an expert who cares.

Each fall since 2020, Atra has offered one-on-one coaching and support with experts in the field, free of charge, for clergy navigating Elul and the Chagim.

Rabbis, cantors, and Jewish spiritual leaders* are invited to select a coach below and register for your one-time 30-minute Elul Helpline coaching session. Please be aware that this opportunity is limited to one session with the coach of your choosing – please do not register for more than one session with one coach.

*Not sure if you’re eligible? Email us at shalom@atrarabbis.org to discuss.


Meet your Elul Helpline Coaches:

Rabbi Menachem Creditor

Rabbi Menachem Creditor serves as the Pearl and Ira Meyer Scholar in Residence at UJA-Federation New York and was the founder of Rabbis against Gun Violence.

An acclaimed author, scholar, and speaker with over 2 million views of his online videos and essays, Rabbi Creditor was named by Newsweek as one of the fifty most influential rabbis in America. His 31 published books and 6 albums of original music include the global anthem “Olam Chesed Yibaneh” and the COVID-era 2-volume anthology “When We Turned Within.”

Connect with Menachem for conversations about spirituality, social justice, text, Israel, and congregational life.

Connect with Menachem

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein

Rabbi Shira Koch Epstein is the Executive Director of Atra: Center for Rabbinic Innovation and serves as faculty at the Shalom Hartman Institute of North America.

Previously, Rabbi Epstein served as Executive Director of the 14th Street Y in Manhattan, and her past roles have included serving as Rabbi-Educator at Congregation Beth Elohim in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Rabbi Epstein has served at various congregations, Jewish youth groups and summer camps as an educator and family educator, and is a certified Storah telling “Maven.” Shira loves mentoring and coaching innovative clergy as they work to bring their vision to life.

Connect with Shira to have an experienced colleague to listen to your concerns, and help clarify how you can align your work with your vision, resources, your community’s needs, the concerns of your colleagues and stakeholders, and the outcomes you most hope to achieve.

Connect with Shira

Rabbi David S. Wolfman

David S. Wolfman: Consulting: The Human Side of Change® was founded to help you embrace change and move forward toward new possibilities.

Change is something to embrace, not fear. David S. Wolfman Consulting: The Human Side of Change® was founded to help you embrace change and move forward toward new possibilities, whether it’s in the congregations and organizations you lead or in your own life and career. Covid 19 and the rise of the Millennial Generation of new adults – the largest and most important generation ever to live on this planet – have made us throw out the playbook!

Connect with David for coaching on embracing change and moving towards new possibilities. As a rabbi, coach and consultant he can help you navigate during this chapter of your rabbinate and help you pivot and reinvent for the present and future.

Connect with David

Rabbi Ana Bonnheim

Rabbi Ana Bonnheim is the founding executive director of the Jewish Learning Collaborative, which aims to democratize Jewish learning.

Rabbi Bonnheim leads a team who provide ongoing personalized Jewish learning to professionals and board members at Jewish organizations and create flexible freelance work opportunities for clergy and educators. The Jewish Learning Collaborative is incubated at Moishe House. Ana is also the chair of the Central Conference of American Rabbis ethics committee and previously worked as a camp director and development professional.

Ana’s work is focused on innovation, creating pilots and scaling those that work, and investing in rabbis and Jewish leaders to create multi-vocal communities of ongoing learning.

Connect with Ana for a warm conversation filled with questions and reflection to work on strategy, building teams, bringing your vision to life, and figuring out what you can do today to plan your impact.

Connect with Ana

Dr. Betsy Stone

Dr. Betsy Stone is a nationally known, retired psychologist who serves as an adjunct lecturer at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion.

She has been teaching and working with rabbis for the past 19 years, both through HIC-JIR and privately. She teaches and consults with Jewish professionals across North America and Europe. She also leads clergy support groups in her local community and nationally. She received her Doctorate in Psychology from Yale University.

Connect with Betsy for a listening ear in addressing issues of burnout, trauma, exhaustion and moral injury.

Connect with Betsy