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Past Webinars & Conference Calls:
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"My Promised Land: A Conversational Interview
of Israeli Author and Journalist Ari Shavit
with Dr. Jeff Solomon"
 
 
 
January 9, 2014
2:30 PM Eastern/11:30 AM Pacific 
 
                "Inspiring Relationships: Jewish Values at the Core"

September 10, 2013

2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST

 Download the slides from the webinar.

  Presenters:

  • Rabbi Naomi Kalish, ACPE, BCC, MA, Coordinator of Pastoral Care & Education, New York Presbyterian - Morgan Stanley Children's Hospital, President, National Association of Jewish Chaplains

References:

 
 

 
 
"Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters"
 
 
January 23, 2013 at 2:00 PM EST/11:00 AM PST
 
 
 
 
 
Presenters:
 
Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, JCC in Manhattan
Alex Budnitsky, CEO and Executive Director, Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
Michael Weil, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans
 
 
 
Resources:
  1. Action in Crisis and Uncertainty: Houston's Response to Hurricane Katrina by Lee Wunsch.
  2. Powerpoint Presentation
  3. Interactive map of New Orleans water accumulation due to Hurricane Katrina

"Unlocking the Values of Jewish Service Learning"

 

 

October 25, 2012 at 2:00 PM EST

 

 

Presenters:

 

Mordy Walfish, Repair the World

Aaron Dorfman, American Jewish World Service

Stephanie Ruskay, Avodah

Lee Sherman, AJFCA

 

 

Missed the webinar? Listen Now!

 

Resources:

Jewish Service Learning: History and Landscape, by Mordy Walfish

From Service Learning to Service Activism, by Aaron Dorfman

How to Turn a Year of Service into a Lifetime of Commitment, by Stephanie Ruskay

 


The Seven Paradoxes of Inspirational Leadership

 

JCSA invites Jewish communal service professionals to "The Seven Pardoxes of Inspirational Leadership". During this webinar, Rabbi Karyn Kedar will walk us through her 7 paradoxes of Inspiration Leadership, recognizing that it is easier to lead when we recognize life's paradoxes and, once inspired we find life's paradoxes easier to bear.

Wednesday, September 6, 2012, 2:00pm EST/ 11:00am PST

 

Presenter:
Rabbi Karyn Kedar
 
Resources:
 

To purchase any of Rabbi Kedar's books (God Whispers, Dance of the Dolphin, Bridge to Forgiveness), email Rabbi Kedar at kkedar@bjbe.org



 

Linkedin for Jewish Community Professionals

JCSA invites Jewish communal service professionals to Linkedin for Jewish Community Professionals. During this webinar, Debra Askanase of Community Organizer 2.0 will demonstrate how to effectively use Linkedin to for both individuals and organizations.

Thursday, March 1, 2012, 2:00pm EST/ 11:00am PST

Presenter:
Debra Askanase, Community Organizer 2.0
 
Resources:

 
 

 Change Agents: Advocates for Social Justice

JCSA invites Jewish communal service professionals to a webinar on Advocacy and Social Justice. The discussion will include the Legacy of Martin Luther King, Jr., Jewish values and social justice, current service and advocacy initiatives, and action steps and resources. 

 Wednesday, January 18, 2012, 4pm Eastern/1pm Pacific

 Missed the webinar? Listen Here!

 Presenter:
Rabbi Steve Gutow, Jewish Council for Public Affairs
 
Nancy Kaufman, National Council for Jewish Women
Ruth Messinger, American Jewish World Service

Moderator:
William Daroff, Jewish Federations of North America

 
Resources:
Reference Sheet, Interview-Rabbi Steve Gutow
Reference Sheet- Nancy Kaufman

Voices from the Tents:Social Justice Movement in Israel

Wednesday November 9, 2011

Featuring:

Maya Rimer

Hadar Shemesh

Inbal Halperin

Listen here!


Leadership, Mistakes and Forgiveness 

JCSA invites Jewish communal service professionals to a High Holidays webinar! Dr. Erica Brown will discuss how to use forgiveness as a powerful leadership tool.

 Monday, September 26th, 2011, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/11pm Pacific 

Presenter:
Dr. Erica Brown, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington 

 

 Moderator:
Jacob Solomon, JCSA President , Greater Miami Jewish Federation 

 

Resources:

Reference Sheet-Dr. Erica Brown

Visit the JCSA aStore to purchase any of the books recommended on the webinar

 

 


 

Profiling the Professionals:                                     

Who's Serving Our Communities?

Watch It Here!


Tuesday, November 30th, 2pm Eastern/1pm Central/11am Pacific

Join JCSA as we debut our ground breaking study "Profiling the Professionals: Who's Serving Our Communities?"  Hear from survey researcher Professor Steven M. Cohen from the Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner to learn more about the professionals who make up our varied and vibrant field.  Responses to the study will be given by Lisa Colton, President & Founder of Darim Online and Barry Rosenberg, Executive Vice President of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.  The conversation will be moderated by JCSA's own Jacob Solomon, JCSA President and President & CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.  For everyone who considers themselves a Jewish Communal Professional - this is one webinar you won't want to miss!


                    
 
 
  
Presenter:
Professor Steven M. CohenThe Berman Jewish Policy Archive @ NYU Wagner
 
Respondents:
 
 
Barry Rosenberg, Executive VP, Jewish Federation of St. Louis
Lisa Colton, Founder & President, Darim Online
  
Moderator:
Jacob Solomon, President, JCSA; President & CEO, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
 
Resources:
The complete survey can be found by clicking the link below:
  

The Networked Nonprofit

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 Monday, October 18th, 2pm EDT/11am PDT

Many nonprofit organizations have dipped their toes into the set-me-free world powered by social media. Now what? Nonprofit organizations are facing a confusing, fast moving environment, which is tempting but also frightening. The Networked Nonprofit, a new bestselling book by leading bloggers and thinkers, Beth Kanter and Allison Fine, enables organizations to overcome their fears of losing control and to evolve to meet the informational and cultural needs of today's donors and volunteers. Allison will share how networked nonprofits work (transparently, simply, and with lots of social media) and what they can do (engage crowds, tap into the abundant talents and generosity of crowds) to raise money and solve problems. She will discuss the myths and realities that make organizations leery of opening themselves up, and share specific stories of organizations that are becoming networked nonprofits.  

 

Speaker:
Allison FineCo-Author,
The Networked Nonprofit

Moderator:
Lisa Colton, Founder & President, Darim Online
 
Resources:
Powerpoint Presentation by Allison Fine
To purchase The Networked Nonprofit, visit JCSA's aStore here.

 
 Setting and Achieving Professional and Personal Goals for the New Year


 Wedesday, September 15th, 2pm EDT/11am PDT

The New Year is here!   At this time of self reflection, gain the insight and tools you need to reach your professional and personal goals.  Make 5771 your best year yet!
 

 
Speaker:
Elissa Maier,  Jewish Federations of North America
Rabbi Lou Feldstein, Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Moderator:
Alisha Goodman, Director of Operations, JBFCS Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Connections Programs
 
Resources:
Pre-Reading from Rabbi Lou Feldstein
 
Power Point and Worksheets from Elissa Maier

 

Networking for Professional and Personal Success 

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Tuesday, March 23rd, 2pm EST

We live in a world that's more competitive than ever.  Whether you are looking to find or change jobs, increase your donor, client, membership or volunteer base, or drive more attention to your organization's key issues, you know you need to stand out from the masses.  So how do you build the mutually beneficial relationships that can simply and strategically contribute to your success? Networking!  Join Deborah Grayson Riegel of MyJewishCoach.com for an educational webinar, Networking for Professional and Personal Success, to learn the 5 Steps of Strategic Networking to help you meet your personal and professional goals with less tsuris and more success!

 
Speaker:
Deborah Grayson Riegel, MyJewishCoach.com

Moderator:
Alisha Goodman, Director of Operations, JBFCS Rita J. Kaplan Jewish Connections Programs
 
Resources:
 
Additional Reading:
 
For More from Deborah Grayson Riegel:
 
 

Harnessing the Power of Volunteers        Listen Here 

Wednesday, March 3rd, 3pm EST

How do we best use our volunteers?  How do we transform our volunteers into donors? 

This call will provide an overview of current trends and best practices for volunteer management, as well as explore the ways that we can transform our volunteer corps into a vehicle for improving our fundraising campaigns and identifying board members.
 
Speakers:
Susan Kohn, Executive Director, The Volunteer and Leadership Development Division at UJA-Federation of New York
Serena Orgel, Senior Development Officer at The Educational Alliance, NYC
 
Moderator:
Joshua Krakoff, Chief Operating Officer, JCC Rockland County

 RESOURCES
JCSA Volunteer Powerpoint 


Here Come the Millennials                              Listen Here

From Generation to Generation: Changing Behavioral Perceptions and Expectations in the Jewish Nonprofits 

  Here Come the Millennials will provide insights into the behavior and expectations of the generation just entering or about to enter the workforce.   Examples will be presented of work habits and patterns and how other generational groups may best interact and understand each other.  The conference call will reference a selection of articles from the SUMMER/FALL, 2009 issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, which celebrated the research and accomplishments of  the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service on it's 40th Anniversary.  In particular, the authors of "From Generation to Generation:  Changing Behavioral Perceptions and Expectations in Jewish Nonprofits" will discuss and be interviewed on the research and findings presented in their article. 

Speakers:
Lori Klein, Asstant Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union 
          College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in Los Angeles
Shira Liff-Grieff, Volunteer, American Jewish World Service Volunteer Corps, in 
          Cambodia

Moderator:
Maggie Bar-Tura, Interim CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp
 
The call will take place
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Noon EST
 
 The Call is Sponsored by:
Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, World Council of Jewish Communal Service  & Jerusalem Inter Cultural Center

View the Journal Article here.

Other Resources:
Millennials Powerpoint

Managing the Generational Gap in the Workplace Resource Guide
www.shiraliffgrieff.com/research.html

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=p5IfsNqJcmA
www.millennialgeneration.org
http://www.futurist.com/millennial-generation/
Recommendations for Bridging the Generational Divide in Jewish Communal Work Settings
Hammill, G. (2005, Winter/Spring). Mixing and Managing Four Generations of Employees. FDU
        Magazine Online.
Robert Half International. (2008). What Millennial Workers Want: How to Attract and Retain Gen Y 
        Employees. Menlo Park, CA: Author.

 
 

Values Matter: Working with Difficult People

Our work may require us to collaborate or confront “difficult” people.  Using case scenarios Master Teacher, Rabbi Michael Paley, will explore with us Jewish text that provide insights and guidance for positive relationships with others. 

Start your New Year with this special opportunity for renewal and growth. 

 September 22nd, 2009, @ 3pm EDT, 12pm PDT

 Free Continental Conference Call.  

Listen here.

Resources

Text for the call put together by Rabbi Michael Paley

 

From Generation to Generation: Changing Behavioral Perceptions and Expectations in the Jewish Nonprofits
Here Come the Millenials will provide insights into the behavior and expectations of the generation just entering or about to enter the workforce.   Examples will be presented of work habits and patterns and how other generational groups may best interact and understand each other.  The conference call will reference a selection of articles from the SUMMER/FALL, 2009 issue of the Journal of Jewish Communal Service, which celebrated the research and accomplishments of  the HUC-JIR School of Jewish Communal Service on it's 40th Anniversary.  In particular, the authors of "From Generation to Generation:  Changing Behavioral Perceptions and Expectations in Jewish Nonprofits" will discuss and be interviewed on the research and findings presented in their article. 
Speakers:
Lori Klein, Asstant Director of the School of Jewish Communal Service, Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion, in Los Angeles
Shira Liff-Grieff, Volunteer, American Jewish World Service Volunteer Corps, in Cambodia
Moderator:
Maggie Bar-Tura, Interim CEO, Foundation for Jewish Camp
 
Wednesday, January 27, 2010 at Noon EST 
 
Difficult Conversations: How to Discuss What Matters Most - by Douglas Stone, Bruce Patton, and Sheila Heen
 

Working with You is Killing Me:Freeing Yourself from Emotional Traps at Work - by Katherine  Crowley andKathi Elster 

When the Bully Sits in the Next Cubical - New York Times


 


 

So You Think You Can Email?

 

 
 

Email communications and fundraising are all the rage these days. As we all know, emails are cheap, easy, and offer a tangible way to measure their impact and effectiveness. But with the email deluge flooding our inboxes, how can Jewish organizations distinguish their communications from all the rest? We all think we can email – but can we really?

 
 
Hadassah Max, Associate Director of Communications for AJWS
Andy Neusner, Web Contenet Manager for UJC

Tova Serkin, Head of Business Development for JGooders
Matthew Fieldman, Moderator

 Wenesday, October 21, 2009 @ 2pm EDT

To listen to the call, click here.

 

When Jews Do Bad Things:                                                        Wednesday April 1, 2009
* Presenter,
Dr. Erica Brown, Director for Adult Education at The Partnership for Jewish Life and Learning and the Scholar-in-Residence for The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington. 
* Moderated by
Mark Charendoff, President of the Jewish Funders Network, JFN.

Topic of this continental conference: 
           How does Bernie Madoff make you feel as a Jewish communal professional? From the Son of Sam to Ivan Boesky, Jews often make for bad news on front page stories. This call explored the impact of public Jewish misdemeanors—from embezzlement to sexual abuse—on our professional lives and what we can do to bring back trust when someone has lost it for us.
Resources:
When Jews Do Bad Things follow up sheet--ten points to remember.
When Jews Do Bad Things - Dr. Erica Brown, Source Sheet
Book Review -
Inspired Jewish Leadership

Resources on the Madoff Scandal:
*
Bernie Madoff: Mystery Man. By Mitchell Zuckoff, from Moment.
*
What Ethical Lessons Can Be Learned from the Bernie Madoff Scandal? Ask the Rabbis, from Moment.
*
The Madoff Scandal and the Future of American Jewry. By Jonathan S. Tobin, from Commentary Magazine.
*
U.S. Jews ponder 'catastrophic' effects of Bernard Madoff affair. By the Associated Press, from Haaretz.
*
Jewish leaders bracing for Madoff fallout: Charities face closings; anti-Semitism feared. By Michael Paulson, from the Boston Globe.

Resources from the Journal of Jewish Communal Service:
*
On Being a Role Model for Professional Behavior Within the Jewish Community. By David Eskenazi (1990). Vol. 67, No. 1.
*
On the Ethics of Self in Judaism: Searching for the Middle Ground Between Selflessness and Selfishness. By Bernard Ducoff, Ph.D (1990). Vol. 67, No 1.
*
Resolving Ethical Dilemmas in Jewish Communal Service. By Norman Linzer, Ph.D (1986). Volume 63, 2.
*
A Conflict Resolution Approach to Teaching Ethical Decision Making: Bridging Conflicting Values. By Allan Barsky (2008). Vol. 83, No. 2/3.
*
Should Jewish Communal Workers Be Held to a Higher Standard? By Norman Linzer (2000). Vol. 76 No. 3.

Further Resources:
*
Sparks and Ashes: Jewishness and Ethics. By Roberto Toscano. International Review of Sociology (2007), Vol. 17, No. 2.
*
How Do I Decide? Practical Reason, Particular Judgments, and Holistic Concerns in Jewish Ethics. By Aaron L. Mackler. Shofar: An Interdisciplinary Journal of Jewish Studies (2000), Vol. 18, No. 3.  


Silo Busting: Fostering Collaboration & Community Building.       Tuesday, March 3, 2009 
*
Presenter,
Steven Cohen, Ph.D, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy, HUC-JIR.
*Presenter,
Alisa Kurshan, Ph.D, VP for Strategic Planning & Organizational Resources, UJA-Federation of New York.
*Moderated by Josh Krakoff, COO, JCC of Rockland.

To Listen to the recording, click here

This continental conference call adressed:
                  --
  Why is silo busting a good idea?
                  --  How is it done?
                  --  Why isn't it done? 
                  --  How are obstacles overcome?

Resources:
Collaboration Resources from the Journal of Jewish Communal Service:
*
Evolving Models of Federation--Agency Cooperation by Jeffery R. Solomon (1995-1996), Vol. 72, No. 1/2.
*
Jewish Community Centers and the Federation: A New Strategic Partnership, by Allan B. Finkelstein (1995-1996). Vol. 72, No. 1-2.
*
Volunteer-Professional Relations: Intersecting Spheres of Influence, by Miriam A. Schneirov and Stephen D. Solender (1995-1996). Vol. 72, No. 1-2.
*
Federation-Agency Strategic Alliances: Creating Synergy through Community Trustsby Jeffrey Solomon, Alfred P. Miller, & Neal Myerberg (1993). Vol. 70, No. 1. 
*
Enhancing Community Cohesion, by Jordan Harburger (1989). Vol. 66, No. 2. 
   
Further Resources on Silo Busting:
*
Linking the Silos: How to Accelerate the Momentum in Jewish Education Today.
*
Linking the Silos: A Consultation on Maximizing Educational Participation and Impact in an Age of Choice.   Executive Summary.  
*
Seven strategies for Breaking Down Silos.
*
Silo Busting By Leta Beam, President, Vantage International.
*
Greg Jenkins | Change Agent.
*
Five Tactics for Busting Silos in Your Company by Roy Young.
*
Does Inter-Agency Collaboration Work?
*
Silo busting from the top.
*
Breaking Down Communication Silos


Front & Back Door Leadership: Lessons from the Bible.                      September 25, 2008
*
Presenter,
Brigitte Dayan, Director, Wexner Alumni Network. 
*Moderated by
Audra Berg, Assistant V. P. Leadership Development at JUF-Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.

        The Bible is full of leadership informed by machismo: direct, frontal, assertive, commanding, thunder and lightning. But it also contains some nuanced stories of leadership inspired by more indirect means of persuasion: reason, deception, and back-room deals. We will explore a few such biblical stories, and in light of the guidelines we extrapolate from them, we will revisit some recent Jewish community controversies. In both the biblical and contemporary contexts, we will consider: What do we learn from leaders who operate more indirectly? How do we know which approach is the most effective in a given situation? And how do we create a unified strategy on important Jewish communal issues when our leaders bring diverse inclinations to the table?

To listen to the recording of the call
Click Here  

Sources
:
Genesis, Ch. 27 (Rivkah and Jacob) 
I Samuel, Ch. 25 (David and Abigail)  

Further Resources:
Moses: A Professional Role Model. Lauer, H. Chaim (1990). Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Vol. 67.
Leadership in Judaic Sources: A Comparative View. Schiff, Alvin I. (1987). Journal of Jewish Communal Service, Vol. 63, No. 3.
Modern Insights into Leadership from Classical Jewish Sources. Immerman, Hilton (2007). Australian Journal of Jewish Studies; p. 155-169, 15p.
Leading with Meaning: Using Covenantal Leadership to Build a Better Organization. Pava, Moses L. Macmillan, 2003.
Listen to the Sound of the Shofar - By Lee Wunsch    

 


 Ace Your Interview                                                                                         April 9, 2008 
*
Presenter, Deborah Grayson Riegel, MSW, ACC, is a coach, trainer, and speaker who helps Jewish organizations and individuals achieve personal and professional success.
*Moderated by Leslie Rosen Stern, MSW and Masters in Judaic Studies, currently co-chair of JCSA's Networking Parents.

To listen to the recording of the call
click here.

Further Resources:
Ace Your Interview
20 Great Conversation Prompts
25 Questions that Can Dramatically Improve Your Relationship 
Accountability Self-Assessment
Email For Results
Managing Your Career in Jewish Communal Service
Thinking Inside and Out
Treat that Interview Like a Date, and Love May Bloom

Considerations for Wants and Needs for your Next Job 
A Continental Webinar for students, newer career professionals, & professionals returning to work. (to listen to the call, click the link above).


Best Practices in Longterm Partnerships Between Professional & Volunteer Leadership:                                                                                                   March 4, 2008
*Presenter, 
Audra Berg, Assistant Vice President, Leadership Development at the JUF-Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago.
*Presenter,
David Fisher, UJC- National Campaign Chair & Past Co-chair UJC, Young Leadership Cabinet.
*Presenter, 
Louise Greilsheimer, Senior Vice President For Agency and External Relations at UJA-Federation of  New York.
*Moderated by
Debbi Roshfeld, Vice President, UJC Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence

Underwritten with support of the United Jewish Communities Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence. 
  
To listen to the recording of the call
click here.
     
Further Resources:

Lay-Pro Partnership Worksheet
Lay-Pro Worksheet #2
Lay-Pro Expectations
Contracting
Future of the Profession
Volunteer-Professional Relations
Volunteer-Professional Relations, Revisited
Professional Perspective - Lay Leaders Perspective
Defining Characteristics of Partnerships
Functional Qualities Required for a Successful Federation Exec.
Setting Standards for Volunteer Leadership and the Profession
Lay-Pro Relations Top 10
Embracing Conflict and Practicing Respect
Volunteer Professional Relations a View From Both Sides
Lay Professionals Case Studies
An Executive [staff] Deals with a Powerful New President
Accountability of Volunteers
A New Paradigm For Sharing the Leading
 
Audio Interview with Audrey Weiner regarding: A New Paradigm For Sharing the Leading
  (from DRG's Virtual Conference Series)


Current Trends in Jewish Philanthropy:                                                October 10, 2007
*Presenter, 
Jeffrey Solomon, President of the Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies
*Presenter,  
Marjory Kaplan Chief Executive Officer of the Jewish Community Foundation of San Diego  *Moderated by, Sherri GreenbachExecutive Director of the Jewish Women's Foundation of New York (JWFNY) 

Further Resources:
A Venture Worth Taking by Reuben Romirowsky, PhD
Federation Philanthropy for the Future by Charles Edelsberg
Federation Philanthropy for the Future - A Response by Marvin Cohen
An Introduction to Jewish Foundations by Jeffrey Solomon, PhD
Meeting a Critical Community Need by Edward Bruckner & Elizabeth Sternberg
More than Money by Charles EdelsbergMetamorphosis Through PhilanthropyJewish Women's Philanthropywww.boardsource.orgwww.winningworkplaces.com 

 
 
 
 
 


Coaching for Jewish Communal Professionals:                                      February 7, 2007
* Presenter, 
Deborah Riegel, MSW, ACC, a coach, trainer, and speaker who helps Jewish organizations and individuals achieve personal and professional success.

Coaching Resources from Elevated Training Inc.:
10 Goals in 90 Days.pdf
Clear Conscience Checklist.pdf
Coaching Overview.pdf
Letting Go.pdf
Room for Improvement.pdf 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

 

 

 

 

 
 
 
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