National Harbor, MD November 9 - 11

National Harbor, MD
November 9 - 11

Program

Morning
 7:00am - 10:00pmOpen Registration and Exhibit Hall Schmoozing

Gather at the GA Backyard, where you can register, join friends and colleagues and even play a game of ping-pong.  Stay tuned for timetable of “conversation pit” events, including exciting new technology innovations and book readings.

 8:00am - 2:00pmBen Gurion Society Event

Young adults ages 22-45 who make a gift of $1,000 or more to their local Federation are welcome to come explore what our global partners are doing around the world and put yourself in the driver’s seat of a Federation leader for a mock high-impact planning session. 

 10:00am - 2:00pmLarge Intermediate City-Size Meeting

This two part seminar is a unique opportunity to network, dialogue, and consult with fellow Federation Executives and Presidents from your city size group. The seminar will include opportunities for small group conversations and information sharing on topics of interest to you and your city size colleagues and, a conversation led by an expert facilitator on exploring tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.”

 11:00am - 2:00pmPre-GA Small Federations Seminar

This two part seminar, for GA Delegates representing small Federations, is a unique opportunity to network, dialogue, and consult with other GA delegates representing fellow Small Federations. The seminar will include opportunities for small group conversations and information sharing on topics of interest to you and your Small Federation colleagues  and a conversation led by an expert facilitator.

 11:00am - 2:00pmIntermediate City-Size Meeting

This two part seminar is a unique opportunity to network, dialogue, and consult with fellow Federation Executives and Presidents from your city size group. The seminar will include opportunities for small group conversations and information sharing on topics of interest to you and your city size colleagues and, a conversation led by an expert facilitator on exploring tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.”

 11:00am - 2:00pmYesod

Take part in the Mandel Center’s launch of an exciting volunteer leadership development initiative. Among others, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be a featured speaker. By invitation.

 11:00am - 2:00pmNational Young Leadership Cabinet Meeting

Develop your leadership skills in this powerful program designed by the acclaimed Wexner Foundation and customized for Cabinet. Among others, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be a featured speaker. By invitation

Afternoon
 2:00pm - 2:45pmFirst Timers’ Orientation

Think of it as GA 101…but less formal than school and way more fun.

 3:00pm - 4:45pmOpening Plenary

During the GA’s star-studded kickoff, NPR Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg leads an unprecedented discussion with Supreme Court Justices Stephen Breyer and Elena Kagan.  Award-winning political correspondents Chuck Todd and Andrea Mitchell talk politics and policy in the aftermath of the 2014 elections.  And signature multimedia moments bring the Federation story to life.

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Plenary Hall

Evening
 5:30pm - 7:30pmDinner in the GA Backyard

Grab dinner on your own before heading downtown for the GA tour of Smithsonian's National Museum of American History.

 6:00pm - 10:00pmCovenant Foundation Award Dinner

An event congratulating three exceptional Jewish educators. By invitation

 6:30pm - 8:30pmPrime Minister’s Council and King David Society Event

Prime Minister Council and King David Society members are invited by the Lerner Family to enjoy an evening at National's Stadium in downtown DC.

 8:15pm - 11:00pmNight at the Museum

Join us for a night at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History.

Morning
 6:30am - 7:15amTraditional Shacharit

Start your day with a prayer service

 6:30am - 7:15amEgalitarian Shacharit

Start you day with an egalitarian prayer service.

 7:00am - 8:00amShacharit and Schmear

New to morning minyan?  Come for an informal bagel breakfast with a prominent rabbi who will break it down. 

 7:00am - 8:30amIsraeli Breakfast

Hosted by the JFNA Israel Office. By invitation

 7:30am - 9:00amBreakfast

Start your day with breakfast in the GA Backyard. 

 7:30am - 9:00amCovenant Foundation Pomegranate Award Breakfast

A breakfast honoring Emerging Jewish Professionals By invitation

 9:15am - 10:45amMorning Plenary

Modern day Aristotles share their observations of living Jewishly and explore how we organize as a society. 

 11:15am - 12:45pmBeyond Our Borders: New Opportunities to Impact Israel and Jewish Life Around the World

Delve into the Global Planning Table and other Federation programs that strengthen an interconnected and intercontinental Jewish community. 

 11:15am - 12:45pmReality Check: Jewish Life in Europe Today

European Jewish leaders share their perspectives on life in Europe—its challenges and its potential.

 11:15am - 12:45pmUp the Corporate Ladder: How Do We Create a Career Track for Professionals and Leadership?

An insightful exploration of how to more effectively build paths for those seeking long-term careers in the Jewish world. 

 11:15am - 12:45pmThe Graying of Jewish North America: Getting our Service Infrastructure Ready

As Jewish baby boomers head toward retirement, top policy experts discuss the effects communities can expect and where Federations should focus their attention.

 11:15am - 12:45pmRoom for Every View? How to Create Space for Varied Perspectives on Israel

Explore ways to maintain civility, respect and unity in communities where members may have widely divergent views about Israel.

 11:15am - 12:45pmWhy Are They There and Not Here?: How Top Organizations Keep Young People Engaged

Expert speakers share their organizations’ best practices and proven techniques for reaching young people and keeping them involved in important causes.

 11:15am - 12:45pmKeeping Connected: Ways Alumni Associations and Other Groups Sustain Long-Term Donor Relationships

High-level development professionals explain how their organizations cultivate donors whose commitment lasts a lifetime. 

 11:15am - 12:45pmVirtual Fundraising: Can Social Media, Kickstarter and Other Online Methods Help Federations Grow

Speakers from diverse fields present about the growing impact of the Internet, online tools, and social platforms on acquisition, engagement, and fundraising.

 11:15am - 12:45pmAlone or Aligned: A Conversation about Being Part of a Collective in an Era of Individualism

How can you maintain your individual perspective and voice while being part of a community? Larry Dressler, designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, leads a discussion about balancing local priorities with continental and international needs.

 11:15am - 12:45pmLiving Our Values:  Putting Jewish Principles in the Center of Communal Decision-Making

Larry Dressler, designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, leads a discussion on how to ensure that our decisions reflect our deeply held values and vision for a Jewish future.

Afternoon
 1:00pm - 2:45pmEat, Pray, Learn

Grab lunch in the GA backyard, play a game of foosball, network with colleagues and agencies or stop in at services.

 1:00pm - 2:45pmJPRO Network Award Lunch

An award ceremony honoring distinguished professionals. 

 1:00pm - 2:45pmRabbinic Cabinet Study Session

Among others, Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be a featured speaker at this study session. By invitation 

 2:45pm - 4:15pmProtecting our People and Places: Homeland Security and the Jewish Community

Having dealt with increasing challenges in recent years, Homeland Security professionals discuss the threats facing Jewish communities and the special efforts being made to protect them.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmAlone or Aligned: A Conversation about Being Part of a Collective in an Era of Individualism

How can you maintain your individual perspective and voice while being part of a community? Larry Dressler, designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, leads a discussion about balancing local priorities with continental and international needs.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmCampus Connection: Building the Jewish Community Among Students

Leading campus professionals discuss Jewish life, including how they make Jewish community involvement cool for college students.

 2:45am - 4:15pmOrganizing the Ground Game: What Federations Can Do to Inoculate Our Community Against BDS

An Israel Action Network guided exercise and skill-building session discussing the threats posed by the BDS movement and empowering participants to combat it in communities around the world.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmThe Power of Faith: How Rabbis and Federations Can Play Together In the Same Sandbox?

A discussion of how Jewish Federations and institutions can collaborate with spiritual leaders to benefit communities and make the greatest possible impact.  

 2:45pm - 4:15amRelational, Consumer-Centric and Other Models for Managing the Federation Marketplace

Different strategies, structures and approaches that Federations can implement to transform themselves and increase community engagement in Jewish life. Are they consumers, donors, customers?  

 2:45pm - 4:15pmFederations as Businesses: Methods of Measuring Success

Federation leaders and outside experts discuss ways to use innovative, business-derived metrics to quantify Federations’ success. 

 2:45pm - 4:15pmKing-Size Impact: Fundraising Opportunities with Corporate Sponsors and Private Foundations

Industry Veterans help navigate the world of corporate and private foundation fundraising, including strategies for how Federations can develop and steward these high-impact relationships.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmChanges in Healthcare: What They Will Mean for Jewish Communities

A session delving into changes in the American and Canadian healthcare systems and their impact on Federations throughout North America.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmRoom for Every View? How to Create Space for Varied Perspectives on Israel

Explore ways to maintain civility, respect and unity in communities where members may have widely divergent views about Israel.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmLiving Our Values:  Putting Jewish Principles in the Center of Communal Decision-Making

Larry Dressler, designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, leads a discussion on how to ensure that our decisions reflect our deeply held values and vision for a Jewish future.

 2:45pm - 4:15pmSocial Success: How Some of the Most Successful Nonprofits are Harnessing Social Media to Grow Their

Social media experts provide how-to instructions for ways that Federations can utilize social media platforms for engaging new donors, moving quickly in times of crisis, and broadening their memberships and audience. 

 4:45pm - 6:00pmOn the Record: The Most Pressing Issues Facing Israel and the Wider Middle East

Editors of leading Israeli publications discuss the top domestic, regional and global issues facing the Jewish State and the entire region. 

 4:45pm - 6:00pmMaking the Ask: Mastering Essential Fundraising Skills

Learn how to overcome some of the trickiest aspects of fundraising, including perfecting an elevator pitch, making an effective ask, attracting more donors, and better leveraging new opportunities.

 4:45pm - 6:00pmGeneration #Hashtag: What Young People are Really Thinking About the Jewish Community

The obstacles and opportunities that prevent or facilitate Jewish involvement in Federation are fearlessly examined during this no-holds-barred focus group.

Evening
 6:00pm - 7:00pmMaariv and Margaritas

Join us for "Maariv and Margaritas" where a rabbi will break down the service in a festive learning session. 

 6:00pm - 7:30pmDinner, Dominos and Dessert

Hosted dinner in the GA Backyard.  Grab a quick game between courses and drop by receptions afterwards! 

 6:00pm - 7:30pmSpecial Receptions

Hosted by various organizations and Federations.

 6:00pm - 7:30pmIsraeli Jewish Congress

The Israeli Jewish Congress is hosting a reception for American and European Jewish professionals and community members to discuss challenges and opportunities with Federation leaders. By invitation 

 8:00pm - 9:30pmEvening Plenary

This session will feature an internationally acclaimed religious leader, an Academy Award-winning actress and a senior Israeli official for an unforgettable evening. 

Morning
 7:00am - 8:45amNoshing and Networking

Meet up with friends and make new contacts...over breakfast in the GA Backyard. 

 9:00am - 11:30amFedovation Sessions

Share best practices and delve into case study presentations on a variety of topics addressing our many common challenges.   Can’t choose only one?  They all repeat!

  • Are We in This Together? How Federations and Partner Agencies Manage Fundraising Competition
  • More Than Milk and Honey:  What Creative Programming Does Your Community Use to Keep Connection with and Interest in Israel a High Priority?
  • Bigger Isn’t Always Better: Have You Built a Robust Giving Program of Gifts Under $5,000? 
  • No Campaign, No Gain: Is Your Super Sunday the Greatest in All the Land or an Historic Relic? 
  • Why is This Night Different?  New and Better Ways to Effectively Engage and Grow Your Community
  • Beyond Happy Hour:  How to Convert Your Young and Social Crowd Into Engaged and Committed Donors
  • Access Granted: Ways to Make the Jewish Community a Welcoming Place for People with Disabilities
  • Hand in Hand: How to Work Best with Your Human Services and Jewish Education Partners
  • Teach Your Children Well: What’s Federation’s Role in Jewish Education? 
  • Securing the Future: Federation Endowment Program 
Afternoon
 11:30am - 1:30pmEat and Greet

Join friends in the GA Backyard. Lunch available for purchase. 

 1:30pm - 3:00pmClosing Plenary

Our speakers' stories of creativity, leadership and accomplishment will leave you spellbound and inspire you to new heights.  And we're holding a spot for a special world leader.  

 3:30pm - 9:00pmIsrael Action Network Institute

It's an overnight, and runs until 3:00 PM Wednesday, November 12th

Evening
 5:00pm - 9:00pmSenior Advisory Council and National Advisory Committee Meeting

It's an overnight, and runs until 3:00 PM Wednesday, November 12th. Location TBD. 

 6:00pm - 9:00pmNew Presidents and Executives Meeting

It's an overnight, and runs from 8:00 am until 12:00 PM on Wednesday, November 12thBy invitation

We are committed to making the General Assembly inclusive and accessible to all.

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