Shalom. I'm Gale.
I bring to my rabbinic coaching relationships a unique combination of experiences and skills: a deep understanding of the opportunities and challenges that rabbis face; the perspective of a lay leader who has interviewed, hired, and worked closely with many rabbis; and the expertise of a professional leadership and career coach.
I live in Bloomington, Indiana, where I have been deeply involved with the Jewish community for almost 30 years. During that time, I have served in a variety of roles at Congregation Beth Shalom, including Board President, Chair of the Rabbi Search Committee, tutor for dozens of adult and teen b’nai mitzvah students, and shlichat tsibbur and ba’alat keriah for Shabbat and High Holy Day services. In addition, I founded our congregation's Chevra Kadisha. I have worked closely with the congregation’s rabbis in developing strategies and programs and have mentored many of Beth Shalom’s student rabbis. One of my recent endeavors has been to develop new rituals for the Chevra Kadisha in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
I am a Certified Professional Coactive Coach and the Executive Director of the Full-Time MBA Program at Indiana University's Kelley School of Business. I have successfully coached hundreds of people on topics ranging from career changes to personal relationship issues. My clients are from the clergy, the business world, the arts, and education, and they hail from many countries around the world. Trust, compassion, candor, humor, and playfulness are important facets of my approach to coaching.
Rabbinic coaching allows me to bring together my experience in working closely with many rabbis and in a variety of congregational leadership roles, and my coaching expertise honed over years working in university and business settings. It's exciting and meaningful to me to be able to support rabbis in achieving their professional and personal goals.
I take great pride in the growth and progress of my clients, and I look forward to working with you. Contact me to learn more.