National Harbor, MD November 9 - 11

National Harbor, MD
November 9 - 11

Program

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Morning
 7:00am - 10:00pmRegistration and Schmoozing in the GA Backyard Prince George's Exhibit Hall D/E

Explore the GA Backyard, where you can register, check out exhibitors, meet friends and colleagues and even play a game of ping-pong. Hang out in the Backyard between sessions throughout the conference.  Stay tuned for a  timetable of events in the conversation pits, featuring some of the most interesting GA speakers.

 7:00am - 7:00pmJFNA Mandel Career Center for Leadership Excellence - Career Conversations National Harbor 1

Discuss your Federation career options with professionals from JFNA’s Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence.  This is a great opportunity for professionals who want to “rev up” their careers and for volunteers considering a career change.  Please see us at the Mandel Suite ((National Harbor 1) or contact:

Rea Kurzweil
973.868.5674
rea.kurzweil@jewishfederations.org
 
Carin Maher
310.418.4526
carin.maher@jewishfederations.org

 8:00am - 2:30pmBen Gurion Society at the GA National Harbor 2

Join fellow young leaders for a day of exploration and empowerment. Start with an inspiring dialogue with Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks, then take a virtual tour of the world through the eyes of Federation. Through intimate conversations with on-the-ground service providers, learn how our global partners are making a difference in more than 70 countries. Get in the driver’s seat for an interactive workshop  that will prepare you to steer your Federation dollars in the right direction when you return home. By invitation.

    Special Address
  • Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks

    Global Religious Leader, Philosopher and Author

  • Speaker
  • Shmuel Sisso

    Director General and CEO, World ORT

  • Alan Hoffmann

    Director General, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Remarks
  • Oksana Galkevich

    Director of External Relations and Government Affairs, JDC FSU

  • Moderator
  • Danny Labin

    Associate Vice President, Global Programs at JFNA

  • Group Leader
  • Michael Novick

    Executive Director for Strategic Development, JDC

  • Zoya Shvartzman

    Director, Strategic Partnerships, JDC Europe

  • Lisa Glass

    Managing Director, Community Planning and Impact, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

  • Reeva Ninio

    Director, JDC-Tevet Overseas Partnerships

  • Iris Wolf

    Chief Pedagogical Officer, World ORT Kadima Mada – Israel

  • Nissim Pingle

    Senior Manager, Programs and Outreach, Evelyn Peters JCC, JDC-Mumbai

  • Arielle Di-Porto

    Director of the Aliyah Division, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Roman Polonsky

    Head of the Russian Speaking Jewry Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Ilan Wagner

    Director, Onward Israel and the Unit for Educational Experiences in Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Amir Sznajderman

    Manager, Economic Development and Loan Fund Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel

 8:00am - 2:00pmEndowment Leadership Institute (ELI) National Harbor 3

This year’s Endowment Leadership Institute will provide an opportunity to hear from Shawn Landres, lead investigator of the recent “Connected to Give: Jewish Legacies” study. Three professionals from communities involved in our three-year Multi-Generational Family Philanthropy program will discuss their experiences related to philanthropic behavior in families. We will close with an update from Washington experts on tax and legislative matters pertaining to donor advised fund management, as well as a progress report on JFNA’s investment efforts on behalf of the field.  Preregistration required.  Open to financial resource development and endowment lay and professional leadership.

    Speaker
  • Todd Metcalf

    Chief Tax Counsel, Senate Committee on Finance

  • Arlene D. Schiff

    National Director, LIFE & LEGACY, The Harold Grinspoon Foundation

 8:30am - 10:30amDevelopment Institute Chesapeake F

Three Federations will present models that yielded campaign success, for possible replication and consideration in other communities. Following the success of the “Stop the Sirens” emergency campaign this summer during the Israel-Gaza conflict, we will discuss how to convert crisis donors to Annual Campaign donors. And our speakers from TBF Consulting will facilitate a conversation on challenges many of our communities face: campaign leadership succession and the importance of developing a leadership pipeline that responds to changing perceptions of Federation as well as to competition from other non-profits in the community. Preregistration required.

 10:00am - 2:00pmP2G International Steering Committee Meeting National Harbor 5

The International Steering Committee of Partnership2Gether will meet to strengthen and advance the program's international agenda.

 10:00am - 12:00pmDisability Inclusion and the Federation Movement: Why, How, and the Time Is Now Potomac C

The Jewish community is becoming more inclusive, inviting individuals with disabilities and their families into the mosaic that is Judaism. An inclusive community ensures that its institutions are accessible, accepts the role each individual plays in the community, adapts programming to accommodate all abilities, welcomes everyone with respect and dignity, and celebrates diversity while creating a sense of unity. Learn why Federations should focus on inclusion now, and how they can meaningfully do so.

 11:00am - 2:00pmYesod - Volunteer Leadership Development Chesapeake 4,5

Yesod pilot communities will take part in the Mandel Center’s launch of this exciting volunteer leadership development initiative. Rabbi Lord Jonathan Sacks will be among the featured speakers. By invitation.

 11:00am - 2:00pmNational Young Leadership Cabinet Development Program in Partnership with the Wexner Foundation Chesapeake K,L

Learn how to adapt to the changing landscape of Judaism while staying true to its history and traditions in this Wexner Foundation program, created specifically for Cabinet members. The Wexner team will dive deep into the concept of “adaptive leadership.” Part beit midrash, part workshop, this inspiring session will equip participants with new ideas and tools to make a difference in Jewish life. By invitation.

 11:00am - 2:00pmNational Federation and Agency Alliance Annual Meeting National Harbor 7

The annual meeting of the National Federation/Agency Alliance will include leadership transition, future visioning and briefings on issues including anti-Israel activity on college campuses and the civil war’s impact on Ukrainian Jewry. By invitation.

 11:00am - 12:30pmDevelopment Cabinet Meeting Chesapeake 6

A conversation about strategies to help grow Federation Annual Campaigns. On the agenda: Reinventing the Sapir Awards, leveraging the JFNA Social Venture Fund as a model to engage new donors nationally, and updates on the new Joshua Society (for donors of $10,000 or more) and the national missions programs. For Development Cabinet members only.

 11:00am - 2:00pmIntermediate Federation Presidents and Executives Seminar Chesapeake D,E

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 colleagues, and a conversation led by an expert facilitator on tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.” By invitation.

 11:00am - 2:00pmSmall Federations Seminar Chesapeake G,H,I

This two-part seminar, for GA Delegates representing small Federations, is a unique opportunity to network, dialogue and consult with other GA delegates 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 Small Federation colleagues, as well as a conversation led by an expert facilitator. By invitation.

 11:00am - 2:00pmLarge Intermediate Federation Presidents and Executives Seminar Chesapeake J

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 colleagues, as well as a conversation led by an expert facilitator on tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.” By invitation.

Afternoon
 1:00pm - 2:30pmGraduate Student Meet-up and Orientation Chesapeake 8,9

For students interested in careers in the Jewish community, this is an opportunity to learn how to navigate the search process, build your career and get the most from your GA experience.  Meet fellow graduate students, Jewish professional leaders and organizational recruiters, too!  Hosted by JPRO Network.

 2:00pm - 2:30pmFirst Timers’ Orientation National Harbor 4

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

 3:00pm - 4:45pmOpening Plenary Potomac A/B

The GA’s star-studded kickoff features an unprecedented discussion with two Supreme Court Justices. Award-winning political correspondents talk politics and policy in the aftermath of the 2014 elections.  A global religious leader provides inspiration, and our poet in residence performs. And signature multimedia moments bring the Federation story to life.

Evening
 5:00pm - 8:00pmDinner in the GA Backyard Prince George's Exhibition Hall

Dinner (salads and sandwiches) is available for purchase in the Backyard. Then head downtown for our "Night at the Museum"−an exclusive GA tour of the Smithsonian National Museum of American History, featuring music, desserts and special guests.

 5:30pm - 6:30pmAJPA Annual Conference Wine-Tasting Welcome Reception Hampton Inn

Registrants of the American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) Annual Conference are invited to a Wine-Tasting Welcome Reception at the Hampton Inn & Suites National Harbor, located across the street from the Gaylord. By invitation.

 5:45pm - 6:00pmBuses Depart for Prime Minister’s Council and King David Society Event Gaylord Bus Circle

Buses depart from the bus circle on level two of the hotel for Nationals Park. By invitation.

 6:00pm - 10:00pmCovenant Foundation Award Dinner Potomac C/D and 1-6

An event congratulating three exceptional Jewish educators. By invitation.

 6:30pm - 8:30pmA Major League Evening Offsite - Nationals Park

The Lerner Family, owners of the Washington Nationals, invite Prime Minister Council and King David Society members to enjoy an evening in the PNC Diamonds Club at Nationals Park in downtown DC. Meet the owners of professional sports teams, enjoy private tours and soak in the energy of one of the greatest ballparks in the country! By invitation; preregistration required.

 6:45pm - 9:00pmAJPA Rockower Awards and AJPA 70th Anniversary Banquet Dinner Chesapeake 2,3

The American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) will honor recipients of the 33rd Annual Simon Rockower Awards for Excellence in Jewish Journalism and celebrate the association’s 70th Anniversary. By invitation.

 7:30pm - 10:30pmNight at the Museum American History Museum

The GA takes over Smithsonian National Museum of American History for an exclusive after-hours experience. See Abraham Lincoln’s top hat, Dorothy’s ruby slippers and the original star-spangled banner while snacking on delicious desserts like challah bread pudding, cranberry brown betty and chocolate bourbon pecan tartlets.  Tap your feet to the sounds of Duke Ellington, performed by the Smithsonian’s own Jazz Masterworks Orchestra.  Enjoy live cooking demonstrations by DC’s renowned Chef Todd Gray, author of “The New Jewish Table” --right in front of Julia Child’s kitchen. Wander the historic halls of this great American museum and enjoy great entertainment, food, drinks and a few surprises.

 7:30pm - 8:30pmBuses Depart for the Night at the Museum Gaylord Bus Circle

Buses depart from the bus circle on level two of the hotel at 7:30 to head downtown for the GA's Night at the Museum, at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History.

 8:30pm - 9:00pmBuses Depart from Prime Minister’s Council and King David Society Event Homeplate Gate

Buses will leave the stadium for two destinations: Join the rest of the GA at the Smithsonian National Museum of American History for a behind-the-scenes tour dessert, or return to the Gaylord Hotel.

 9:30pm - 11:00pmBuses Depart from National Museum of American History for the Gaylord Hotel American History Museum Constitution Exit

Buses from the National Museum of American History will begin departing for the Gaylord Hotel at 9:30 pm and continue throughout the evening. 

 9:45pm - 10:00pmBuses Depart from the National Museum of American History for the Cabinet Alumni Capitol Tour American History Museum Constitution Entrance

Buses will leave the National Museum of American History for the Cabinet alumni capitol tour with Representative Ted Deutch, a Cabinet alum. By invitation.

 10:00pm - 12:00amLate-night Tour of the Capitol for Cabinet Alumni Capitol Hill

Join your Cabinet chevre for a special behind-the-scenes tour led by Representative Ted Deutch, a fellow Cabinet alum. By invitation; preregistration required.

Morning
 7:00am - 8:30am Breakfast in Potomac Lobby Potomac AB Lobby

Come early, get through security, and relax over breakfast in the Potomac Lobby before the morning plenary.

 7:00am - 8:00am Ruderman Family Foundation Breakfast Chesapeake F

This session will focus on the pivotal challenges and opportunities that the Israel-American Jewish relationship currently faces. Through an open, thought-provoking discussion, effective steps will be proposed to overcome these challenges and nurture this strategic relationship. By invitation.

 7:00am - 8:00am Rabbinic Cabinet Breakfast National Harbor 7

A discussion of the activities of the Rabbinic Cabinet will be the main focus of this breakfast. 

 7:15am - 9:00am Doors Open for Morning Plenary

In order to expedite security, please do not bring conference bags, briefcases, backpacks, laptops or large handbags to this morning's plenary. Thank you very much for your cooperation. 

 7:45am - 10:00am Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Award Breakfast National Harbor 4,5

A breakfast honoring emerging Jewish professionals. By invitation.

 9:15am - 10:45am Morning Plenary Potomac A/B

Our morning plenary features an address by Vice President Joe Biden. This session will also highlight the challenges Jewish communities are facing around the world, from the boulevards of Paris to the frontlines in Donetsk. And we’ll hear FEDTalks—our own version of TED Talks—from a bestselling author who tried an experiment in radical Jewish living and a distinguished thought leader who explores the power of collaboration through technology. 

 10:45am - 11:15am Backyard Snack Prince George's Exhibition Hall
 11:00am - 4:15pm AJPA Sessions Baltimore 3-5

The American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) is holding their 2014 Annual Conference at the GA. Sessions will dig deep into pressing issues confronting Jewish journalism today. By Invitation.

 11:15am - 12:45pm Breakout Sessions: Block I
#LivingIt: Putting Jewish Values in the Center of our Decisions Potomac 2,3
11:15am - 12:45pm

Diane Rawlins, 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. Due to program format, space is limited. Please come early.This session repeats at 2:45 pm.

Alone or Aligned: A Conversation about Being Part of a Collective in an Era of Individualism Chesapeake G,H, I
11:15am - 12:45pm

Larry Dressler, designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, leads an interactive discussion about balancing local priorities with continental and international needs, and maintaining your individual voice while being part of a community. Due to program format, space is limited. Please come early.This session repeats at 2:45 pm.

Federations as Businesses: Methods of Quantifying Success Chesapeake B,C
11:15am - 12:45pm

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

Jewish Education: What Is It Good For? Absolutely Everything Chesapeake J, K, L
11:15am - 12:45pm

A Jewish educator, a funder and a graduate student walk into a room and discuss their visions for Jewish education. And then they turn the session over to you, to discuss what you believe the outcomes of Jewish education should be. Organized by The Jewish Education Project and JFNA

Reality Check: Jewish Life in Europe Today Potomac C
11:15am - 12:45pm

European Jewish communal leaders share the unfiltered reality of being a European Jew in 2014: from rising anti-Semitism, tumult and uncertainty to Jewish renewal and growth not seen in decades.  Find out how their communities are creating flourishing Jewish life and working in partnership with the Jewish communities of North America and Israel.

    Speaker
  • Esther Hilah Voet

    Director of the Center for Information and Documentation Israel, Netherlands

  • David Hatchwell Altaras

    President of the Jewish Community of Madrid, Spain

  • Moderator
  • David Brown

    Chair, Israel and Overseas Committee, JFNA

  • Group Leader
  • Akiva Tor

    Head of the Bureau, World Jewish Affairs & World Religions, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

Can We Talk? A Town Square on Israel Chesapeake D,E
11:15am - 12:45pm

At a time when many Jewish institutions confront tension or fear in the face of communal differences on Israel, Resetting the Table’s Town Squares present one model for open, direct, facilitated conversation. 

The Graying of Jewish North America: Getting Our Service Infrastructure Ready Potomac 4,5,6
11:15am - 12:45pm

As Jewish baby boomers head toward retirement, top experts discuss the impact this will have on communities and where Federations should focus their attention.

    Speaker
  • Stephen Kagan

    Co-Lead, Pfizer Center of Excellence on Active and Healthy Ageing

  • Andrew Scharlach

    Kleiner Professor of Aging, UC Berkeley School of Social Welfare

  • Moderator
  • William C. Daroff

    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Director, JFNA Washington Office

  • Introductions
  • Cookie Hymer Blitz

    Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

Understanding Interfaith Families: Insights on Relationships, Religious Choices and Raising Kids Potomac D
11:15am - 12:45pm

A global innovation consultancy shares recent research on the values, relationship dynamics and decision patterns of interfaith couples. Learn about the influences that drive their decision-making and frameworks for more effectively engaging them.  

Virtual Fundraising: Can Social Media, Crowdfunding and Other Online Methods Help Federations Grow? National Harbor 2
11:15am - 12:45pm

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

Wedding Bell Blues: The Case for Freedom of Choice in Marriage in Israel National Harbor 6
11:15am - 12:45pm

Federations are embracing the movement to establish freedom of choice in Israel’s marriage policy. Find out why this issue is important for American Jews as well as Israelis.

Why Are They There and Not Here? How Top Organizations Keep Young People Engaged National Harbor 3
11:15am - 12:45pm

Experts share millennial engagement trends and giving patterns, highlighting best practices and proven techniques for reaching young people and keeping them involved in important causes.

Afternoon
 1:00pm - 2:30pmEat, Play, Learn: Lunch in the Backyard Prince George's Exhibition Hall

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

 1:00pm - 2:30pmInvestment Institute Lunch National Harbor 5

"Startup Nation 2.0: New Challenges and Transformative Opportunities to Drive Change in Israel.” Join us for lunch and learn about some of the creative ways Federations and foundations are now investing in Israel in the face of these challenges. Sponsored by KCPS Clarity Capital. By invitation.

    Speaker
  • Tal Keinan

    Chairman and CEO, KCPS Clarity Capital

 1:00pm - 2:30pmJPRO Network Awards and Panel Discussion Woodrow Wilson B/C/D

"Surviving and Thriving: Executive Lessons for the 21st Century." A panel of top Federation-system leadership discusses the challenges of recruiting and training senior Jewish professionals today. Join us for an inspiring lunchtime conversation and an awards ceremony honoring distinguished professionals, including the presentation of the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award to JDC's Alan Gill. Co-sponsored by the Jewish Federation of Greater Washington and The ASSOCIATED. 

  • Scott Kaufman

    President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

    Fedovation:

    We Don't Want Your Money: Putting young adults in control of their fundraising efforts creates long-lasting, positive results

  • Marc Terrill

    President, THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

  • Hannah Rosenthal

    CEO/President, Milwaukee Jewish Federation

  • Darrell Friedman

    Senior Executive Consultant, JDC

 1:00pm - 2:30pmUIA Board Meeting National Harbor 4

Meeting of the United Israel Appeal (UIA) Board of Directors. By invitation.

 1:00pm - 2:30pmRabbinic Cabinet Luncheon National Harbor 7

The Rabbinic Cabinet is honored to have Rabbi Jonathan Sacks lead a lunch and learn program for rabbis. This session is closed to the press.

 1:00pm - 2:30pmMasa Alumni Lunch Potomac 1

 A special opportunity for Masa alumni to reminisce about the past and strategize about the future.  Network, build new relationships and explore new opportunities!

 1:00pm - 2:30pmBackyard Conversation Pit - Stage A Conversation Pit A

Take advantage of an opportunity to interact directly with some of the GA's most interesting speakers.

1:00 - 1:30 - Eric Fingerhut
1:30- 2:00- Tzur Goldin
1:30 - 2:00 Shira Koch Epstein

 1:00pm - 2:30pmBackyard Conversation Pit - Stage B Conversation Pit B

Take advantage of an opportunity to interact directly with some of the GA's most interesting speakers.

1:00 - 1:30 PM - Greg Harris
1:30 - 2:00 - Jonathan Ornstein
2:00 - 2:30 - Lisa Lepson

 2:45pm - 4:15pmBreakout Sessions: Block II
War and Anti-Semitism, Rebirth and Renewal: Understanding the Needs of the Global Jewish Community Chesapeake J,K,L
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Straight from Russia, Iran, Turkey, France, Israel, Ukraine and other hotspots, meet professionals who are working on the ground. In a series of intimate roundtable conversations, hear up-to-the-minute reports on the real issues these communities face. This off-the-record session will contain sensitive information.

    Speaker
  • Dr. Misha Galperin

    President, Jewish Agency International Development

  • Shmuel Sisso

    Director General and CEO, World ORT

  • Alan H. Gill

    CEO, American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee

  • Remarks
  • Oksana Galkevich

    Director of External Relations and Government Affairs, JDC FSU

  • Moderator
  • Rebecca Caspi

    Senior VP, Global Operations & Director General, JFNA Israel

  • Group Leader
  • Zoya Shvartzman

    Director, Strategic Partnerships, JDC Europe

  • Reeva Ninio

    Director, JDC-Tevet Overseas Partnerships

  • Iris Wolf

    Chief Pedagogical Officer, World ORT Kadima Mada – Israel

  • Nissim Pingle

    Senior Manager, Programs and Outreach, Evelyn Peters JCC, JDC-Mumbai

  • Arielle Di-Porto

    Director of the Aliyah Division, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Roman Polonsky

    Head of the Russian Speaking Jewry Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Ilan Wagner

    Director, Onward Israel and the Unit for Educational Experiences in Israel, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Amir Sznajderman

    Manager, Economic Development and Loan Fund Unit, The Jewish Agency for Israel

Social Success: How Some of the Most Successful Nonprofits Are Harnessing Social Media Potomac C
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Social media experts provide how-to instructions for using social media platforms to engage new donors, move quickly in times of crisis, and broaden your membership and audience. 

Seismic Changes in Healthcare: Taking the Jewish Community’s Pulse Chesapeake 6
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Delivering top-quality healthcare services is a vital role of Federation and our partner agencies. Find out how we’re responding to the opportunities and challenges of new healthcare policies in Canada and the US, in order to maintain our gold standard.

King-Size Impact: Fundraising Opportunities with Alumni, Corporate Sponsors and Private Foundations Potomac D
2:45pm - 4:15pm

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

The Power of Faith: How Rabbis and Federations Can Play Together in the Same Sandbox Chesapeake B,C
2:45pm - 4:15pm

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

Doing Jewish in College and Beyond: Effective Ways to Engage Young Jews National Harbor 6
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Leading organizations are helping young Jews navigate college life and find a meaningful home in the Jewish community as young adults. Learn their secrets and add their tactics to your local toolkit. 

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

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

Alone or Aligned: A Conversation about Being Part of a Collective in an Era of Individualism Chesapeake G,H, I
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Larry Dressler, designer and facilitator of high-stakes conversations, leads an interactive discussion about balancing local priorities with continental and international needs, and maintaining your individual voice while being part of a community. Due to program format, space is limited. Please come early.

#LivingIt: Putting Jewish Values in the Center of our Decisions Potomac 2,3
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Diane Rawlins, 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. Due to program format, space is limited. Please come early.

Beyond Our Borders: New Opportunities to Impact Israel and Jewish Life Around the World Potomac 4,5,6
2:45pm - 4:15pm

Delve into JFNA programs that strengthen an interconnected and intercontinental Jewish community, includingthe Global Planning Table's groundbreaking new signature initiatives (The Israel Children’s Zone and JQuest) and voluntary project (iRep – the Israel Religious Expression Platform), the Negev Funding Coalition, and the Social Venture Fund for Jewish-Arab Equality and Shared Society in Israel.

Organizing the Ground Game: What Federations Can Do to Inoculate Our Communities Against BDS National Harbor 3
2:45pm - 4:15pm

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.

Can We Talk? A Town Square on Israel Chesapeake D,E
2:45pm - 4:15pm

At a time when many Jewish institutions confront tension or fear in the face of communal differences on Israel, Resetting the Table’s Town Squares present one model for open, direct, facilitated conversation. 

 4:15pm - 4:45pmBackyard Snack Prince George's Exhibition Hall
 4:45pm - 6:15pmAfternoon Plenary Potomac Ballroom A/B

Our afternoon plenary focuses on Israel from three vantage points—from the Knesset, through the eyes of the residents of Southern Israel who have braved rocket attacks for more than a decade, and from students on North American college campuses, the new frontline in the battle to defend Israel. Plus, a special appearance by an Academy Award-winning Jewish actress.

Evening
 6:00pm - 7:30pmYoung Adult Meet-Up - GA Backyard

Grab your dinner and join other young adults at the GA for an informal meet and greet. Network, make new friends and set yourself up for a great conference experience!

 6:15pm - 8:15pmFood Truck Fest in the Backyard Prince George's Exhibition Hall

Dinner available for purchase in the GA Backyard from four unique food trucks offering delicious menu options.  Grab a quick game between courses, visit the conversation pits for thought-provoking programming, and drop by receptions afterwards! 

 6:30pm - 7:30pmMaariv and Munchies Conversation Pit A

Leave boredom behind; let prayer jump off the page. Combining insights from positive psychology and the Torah, explore the shared human experiences and emotions that inspired the authors of the evening prayer service. Learn to make tefilah easily meaningful and relatable.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmRabbinic Cabinet Dinner Chesapeake J

The Rabbinic Cabinet is honored to have as our presenters at our dinner meeting Israel's Consul General to New York Ambassador Ido Aharoni and Ethan Felson, VP of JCPA. They will discuss the issue of BDS and how it is affecting the membership of our synagogues, with a special emphasis on our college-age youth. 

 6:30pm - 8:00pmLGBTQ Jews and Allies Reception Potomac 2

Please join Keshet and Hazon at an LGBTQ and Allies Reception. Lead sponsors: UJA-Federation of New York and Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, The Peninsula, Marin and Sonoma Counties. Also sponsored by the Jewish Federations of Atlanta, Boston, Charleston, Chicago, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado, East Bay, Miami, Philadelphia, Pittsburgh, San Diego, Seattle, Southern Arizona and Washington.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmHillel International Reception Potomac 3

Please join Eric Fingerhut, President and CEO of Hillel International, and Hillel’s top leaders for an informal get-together celebrating Jewish life on campus. All are welcome to come mix and mingle and share our love for all things Hillel. 

 6:30pm - 8:00pmJoshua Venture Group Fellow Launch Reception National Harbor 7

Meet the newest cohort of social entrepreneurs in Joshua Venture Group's Dual Investment Program. Learn more about their visions to make Jewish life more vibrant, inclusive and just through arts, education and service. Come and celebrate their latest achievement: securing significant early-stage funding, coaching and a community of practice through JVG's program to help grow their promising startup ventures.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmMasa Reception Chesapeake K

An opportunity for alumni of the Masa Israel program and community professionals to network, learn more about Masa and discover new ways to partner together. 

 6:30pm - 8:00pmJData Stakeholders Annual Meeting National Harbor 6

The annual meeting of JData, an information system and data service for Jewish education in North America,  focuses on JData’s strategic directions, including plans for increasing its value to users and for sustaining and growing the system. By invitation.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmJFNA Washington Office HSPP Reception Chesapeake L

This is a special opportunity for lay and professional leaders who work with the JFNA Washington Office and Human Services & Public Policy committees to meet and mingle with each other, hear and discuss updates on our priority issues and projects, and  mobilize for the year ahead. By invitation.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmAmerican Society of the University of Haifa Reception Chesapeake E

Join us for a congenial reception and conversation with faculty and alumni of the University of Haifa.  You'll discover the range of exciting scientific projects, from marine sciences to creative arts therapy, that make a visit to the only comprehensive research university in Northern Israel a must for any mission visit to Israel.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmP2G@20 Launch and Cocktail Reception Chesapeake 6

Partnership2Gether, The Jewish Agency's Peoplehood Platform, will soon be celebrating its 20th anniversary. In April 2016, P2G@20 will demonstrate the power of our collective through three days of shared exploration and learning−a unique and exciting way to discover Israel with Israelis. Our reception will mark the launching of P2G@20. You're invited to learn more about this seminal event, share your ideas and network with the P2G family. 

 6:30pm - 8:00pmBaltimore Reception in Honor of Howard E. Friedman and Linda A. Hurwitz Chesapeake D

THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore is delighted to honor two inspiring leaders from our community, 2014 GA Co-Chair Howard E. Friedman and JFNA National Campaign Chair Linda A. Hurwitz. By invitation.

 6:30pm - 8:00pmTri-Lateral Dialogue Chesapeake H

North American and European Jewish leaders meet to discuss issues affecting both communities, including rising anti-Semitism, BDS and Jewish identity. In this tri-lateral conversation, organized by JFNA and the Israeli Jewish Congress, participants will launch an ongoing intercontinental dialogue to learn from each other's experiences dealing with and advancing these issues and promote practical steps and solutions. By invitation.

 7:15pm - 8:00pmNegev Funding Coalition Meeting Chesapeake F

Working meeting of the Negev Funding Coalition, a consortium of Federations funding innovative projects for the development of the Negev. By invitation.

 8:15pm - 9:30pmOn the Record: The Most Pressing Issues Facing Israel and the Middle East Potomac D

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

 8:15pm - 9:30pmPitch Perfect: Telling Your Story and Making the Ask National Harbor 2,3

Creative thinkers share how to transform your pitch into an inspiring narrative that will make even the trickiest asks effective, result in larger gifts and build authentic, lasting relationships with your donors.

 8:15pm - 9:30pmGeneration #Hashtag: Jewish Life on Campus Potomac C

In college, Jewish students encounter a spectrum of issues ranging from where to eat Shabbat dinner to how to combat anti-Israel activism. As they forge their Jewish identities at this critical moment in their lives, are we doing a good enough job of helping them?

 9:30pm - 11:30pmLate Night with OurCrowd National Harbor 4

OurCrowd is a better way to invest in the next generation of Israeli and global start-ups.  Meet Israel-based OurCrowd CEO Jon Medved, renowned spokesperson for the Start-up Nation, and a few Israeli start-up CEOs to learn more about the OurCrowd platform, which allows accredited investors to invest in innovative companies that are impacting and improving our world.

 10:00pm - 12:00amCabinet Alumni Cocktail Party Rosa Mexicana

Join Stuart Kurlander and other Cabinet chevre for a fun evening with old friends at a local bar. By invitation.

Morning
 7:00am - 8:45am Breakfast in the Backyard: Noshing and Networking Prince George's Exhibition Hall

Meet up with friends and make new contacts...over breakfast in the GA Backyard. Check out programming in the conversation pits and visit the press pit.

 7:00am - 8:30am JFNA Board of Trustees and Delegate Assembly Meeting Woodrow Wilson A

The JFNA Board of Trustees and Delegate Assembly will include a special presentation by Ambassador Ido Aharoni, Consul General of Israel in New York, as well as corporate business. Breakfast will be served. By invitation. 

 7:00am - 8:30am Ben Gurion Society at the GA: Best-Practice Sharing Breakfast Chesapeake D,E

Join donors from around the continent and learn about successful Ben Gurion Society programs, events and tactics. Network with each other and discuss how to bring home what you've learned at the GA. By invitation.

 7:30am - 8:45am National Young Leadership Cabinet Conclave with the Leadership of Israel’s Foreign Ministry Chesapeake F

NYL Cabinet members are invited to a briefing on the situation in Israel, followed by intimate discussions with senior diplomats from Israel and consuls general from across North America. By invitation.

    Group Leader
  • Akiva Tor

    Head of the Bureau, World Jewish Affairs & World Religions, Israel's Ministry of Foreign Affairs

  • Amb. Liora Herzl

    Deputy Director General, North America, Israeli Foreign Ministry

 8:15am - 11:45am AJPA Sessions Chesapeake 6

The American Jewish Press Association (AJPA) is holding their 2014 Annual Conference at the GA. Sessions will dig deep into pressing issues confronting Jewish journalism today. By invitation.

 9:00am - 10:00am Fedovation Block 1: How Federations Are Pioneering Change

Federations are launching some of the most vibrant, thriving and critical change efforts in the Jewish world today. Learn from inspiring professionals and lay leaders who have launched impressive initiatives, and explore ways to bring these ideas home. All FEDovation sessions in this block repeat at 10:30.

Access Granted: Creating Inclusive Communities Potomac 1,2
9:00am - 10:00am

Initiatives in Greater MetroWest, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Orlando are making those communities accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities and special needs.This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Renée Dain

    Director of Community Services, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

    Fedovation:

    Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance: Transforming the way individuals and families navigate transitions and access services

  • Loren London

    Founder, RAISE, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando

    Fedovation:

    RAISE (Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees): A training program providing paid work at partner agencies

  • Rebecca Wanatick

    Community Inclusion Coordinator, MetroWest ABLE

    Fedovation:

    MetroWest Able: Creating inclusive Jewish communities for individuals with disabilities

  • Andrew Cushnir

    Executive Vice President & Chief Programming Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater LA

    Fedovation:

    The Joint Special Needs Task Force for Jewish Education and Engagement: A coordinated approach to education opportunities

  • Introductions
  • Stacey Schulman

    Chair, JFNA National Legal Committee

Beyond Happy Hour: Solutions to the Young Adult Challenge Potomac D
9:00am - 10:00am

New approaches are deepening young adult engagement in San Francisco, Tampa, Austin, Philadelphia and Detroit. This session repeats at 10:30 am. 

    Speaker
  • Rachel Taubman

    NEXTGen Detroit Outreach Associate

    Fedovation:

    We Don't Want Your Money: Putting young adults in control of their fundraising efforts creates long-lasting, positive results

  • Dana Epstein

    Assistant Executive Director Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

    Fedovation:

    Food Networking with Millennials: Engaging Jewish young adults through Party of 8 and Intergenerational Shabbat Dinners

  • Scott Kaufman

    President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

    Fedovation:

    We Don't Want Your Money: Putting young adults in control of their fundraising efforts creates long-lasting, positive results

  • Rachel Sigman

    Senior Development Officer, Leadership Philanthropy, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Fedovation:

    Israel360: Connecting young leaders in Philadelphia to Israel

  • Matthew Youngner

    Community Campaign Director, San Francisco Jewish Community Federation

    Fedovation:

    Happy Hours for a Cause: Turning Low-Barrier Constituents into (Educated) Donors

  • Lisa Robbins

    Director, Young Adult Division and Outreach & Engagement, Tampa Jewish Federation

    Fedovation:

    Better than Bubbe: Eavesdropping on what 20-something Jews are really talking about.

Building the Jewish Future:  New Approaches to Camp and Education I National Harbor 6
9:00am - 10:00am

Creative initiatives are shaping Jewish identity in Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal and Orange County, CA.

    Speaker
  • Joel Segal

    Donor, Federation CJA

    Fedovation:

    Generations Education Fund: A cutting-edge education fund creates a platform for transformational giving

  • Shalom C. Elcott

    President/CEO of Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County, CA

    Fedovation:

    Passport to Jewish Life: Transformative grants for Jewish experiential education

  • Julie Vanek

    Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP

    Fedovation:

    Jewish Learning Connections: Transforming and reinventing supplementary school learning through a multi-pronged approach

  • Lara Abell

    Senior Event Director, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Fedovation:

    Tour de Summer Camps: A community-wide cycling fundraiser and ride for the Jewish future

  • Introductions
  • Marcie Orley

    Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Building the Jewish Future: New Approaches to Camp and Education II Potomac 5,6
9:00am - 10:00am

Creative initiatives are shaping Jewish identity in Chicago, Cleveland, Montreal, Greater MetroWest NJ and Northern NJ. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Kelly Rubanenko

    Director, Growing Jewish Cleveland & Young Family Outreach

    Fedovation:

    PJ Library Goes to Camp: collaborative effort to expose all kinds of Jewish families to the joy of Jewish camping

  • Hallie Shapiro Devir

    Assistant Vice President, Israel Experience and Youth Initiatives, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

    Fedovation:

    Strategic Investment in Teen Education & Engagement: The Jim Joseph Foundation-led Funders Collaborative

  • Natana Shek Dor

    Director of Generations Fund, Federation CJA, Montreal

    Fedovation:

    A Jewish Future through Jewish Camp: Federations building communities as conveners and funders of Jewish overnight camp

  • Introductions
  • Joe Hollander

    Jewish Federation of Monmouth County

  • Group Leader
  • Lisa Glass

    Managing Director, Community Planning and Impact, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

    Fedovation:

    Educational Analysis and Repositioning: Impactful investment in synagogue-based religious schools and early childhood education

Israel Encounters: Creating a Connection National Harbor 4
9:00am - 10:00am

Innovative programs in Houston, Chicago, Greater MetroWest NJ, Colorado, Miami, Houston and Washington, DC, are creating deeper relationships with Israel while strengthening the Jewish State. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Phyllis Bernstein

    Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ

    Fedovation:

    Developing the Negev: Three amazing programs are making Israel's desert bloom

  • Rachel Barton

    Melvin Cohen Young Leadership Associate/NEXT DC Coordinator

    Fedovation:

    Reverse Mifgash: American and Israeli Birthright Israel alumni build global Jewish community through a 10-day encounter in DC.

  • Dahlia Bendavid

    Director, Israel and Overseas, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

    Fedovation:

    Taking Action: Women's Engagement and Empowerment in the US and Israel

  • Eran Dubovi

    CEO, YEDA-Leo Baeck Israel Schools

    Fedovation:

    YEDA-Leo Baeck Schools (Inspired by KIPP): Bringing a successful US model to Israel

  • Devon Schad

    Director of Development, JEWISHcolorado

    Fedovation:

    It’s Real | Israel: Engaging young adults in fun, candid and honest conversations about Israel

  • Elissa Polan

    Assistant Vice President, Planning and Allocations, Jewish United Fund

    Fedovation:

    Israel Children's Zone: a flagship educational intervention program meeting needs of youngsters in Israel’s periphery

  • Melanie Roth Gorelick

    Director, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

    Fedovation:

    Step Up for Israel: A community-wide education initiative to provide tools, techniques and inspiration to speak up for Israel

  • Introductions
  • Julie Wise Oreck

    Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

More Dollars, More Donors: Out-of-the-Box Fundraising Potomac C
9:00am - 10:00am

Campaigns are stronger and financial resource development is growing thanks to new approaches in Monmouth County, South Palm Beach, Baltimore, Sarasota and Nashville. This session repeats at 10:30 am

    Speaker
  • Leslie Pomerantz

    Senior Vice President, The Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore

    Fedovation:

    Riding the Wave of Giving Tuesday: Seizing unexpected opportunities to drive dollars and donors

  • Elena Herskowitz

    Director of Development, Jewish Federation of Monmouth County

    Fedovation:

    100 Days of IMPACT: A community-wide effort to raise dollars, awareness and participation

  • Howard Tevlowitz

    Executive Director, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

    Fedovation:

    Development for a New Age: Moving to a donor-centered model of Jewish philanthropy

  • Lisa Karasic

    Director of Marketing & Communications, Jewish Federation of Monmouth County

    Fedovation:

    100 Days of IMPACT: A community-wide effort to raise dollars, awareness, and participation

  • Naomi Limor Sedek

    Campaign Director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

    Fedovation:

    Team Fundraising: Leveraging competition to grow the campaign and increase volunteers

  • Mark S. Freedman

    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

    Fedovation:

    Team Fundraising: Leveraging competition to grow the campaign and increase volunteers

  • Dana Vizner

    Associate VP, Campaign and Israel & Overseas, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

    Fedovation:

    Emerging Jewish Philanthropists: Engaging and building a vibrant, active, loyal community of younger major donors

  • Introductions
  • Judy Altenberg

    JEWISHcolorado

Rethinking Social Services:  New Strands for the Safety Net National Harbor 5
9:00am - 10:00am

Federations and our agencies are taking care of the most vulnerable in unique ways in Philadelphia, Broward County, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Miami. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Eric B. Stillman

    President/CEO, Jewish Federation of Broward County

    Fedovation:

    Women's Economic Empowerment: A competitive grant provides basic financial education to single Jewish mothers

  • Rabbi Frederick L. Klein

    Executive Vice President, Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami

    Fedovation:

    Mishkan Miami: How Jewish spiritual care connects us to community, ourselves, and our sense of the divine

  • Ezra Shanken

    CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver

    Fedovation:

    Jhub Richmond: How a service hub has expanded supports to a suburban Jewish community

  • Lori Klein

    Senior Vice President, Caring for Jews in Need, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Fedovation:

    The Ezra Network: Providing access to social services in the comfort of synagogue settings

  • Brian Gralnick

    Director, Center for Social Responsibility, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Fedovation:

    Mitzvah Food Project's Choice Food Program: Innovation in food security and nutrition

  • Introductions
  • Lori Klinghoffer

    Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

Show-Stopping Programs:  New Ways to Engage New Audiences I Chesapeake B,C
9:00am - 10:00am

Bold approaches to programming are building community in Montreal, Santa Barbara, New Orleans and Washington, DC. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Andrew Schydlowsky

    CEO, Sticky

    Fedovation:

    Sold Out! Amplifying Word-of-Mouth to Expand Community and Redefine Event Marketing

  • Stacye Zeisler

    Chief Marketing Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    Fedovation:

    Jewish Food Experience: A high-quality website uses our deeply-rooted connections to food as a basis for outreach

  • Jeff Rum

    President & Chief Marketing Officer, SPARK Experience

    Fedovation:

    Jewish Food Experience: A high-quality website uses our deeply-rooted connections to food as a basis for outreach

  • Michael J. Weil

    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

    Fedovation:

    Newcomers: Transforming a community by recruiting and welcoming new arrivals with real incentives

  • Lesli Green

    Chief Communications Officer, Federation CJA, Montreal

    Fedovation:

    InMontreal.com: An innovative photo blog widens the tent, generates pride in community, and serves as an engagement tool

  • Introductions
  • Mary Beth Leibowitz

    Knoxville Jewish Alliance

Show-Stopping Programs: New Ways to Engage New Audiences II Chesapeake G,H,I
9:00am - 10:00am

Bold approaches to programming are building community in Rhode Island, Chicago, New York, Southern Arizona and Washington, DC. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Paula Harris

    Associate Vice President, Community Outreach & Engagement, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

    Fedovation:

    GIFTS: Providing grandparents essential knowledge, skills and tools they need to share Jewish values with their grandchildren.

  • Abigail Pick

    Planning Associate, Caring Commission, UJA-Federation of New York

    Fedovation:

    Poverty Slam: Inspiring teens to develop innovative responses to poverty New York

  • Avital Ingber

    Chief Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    Fedovation:

    Holocaust Survivors Community Fund: Bringing enhanced services to over 200 survivors living below the poverty line

  • Rabbi Sarah Mack

    President, Board of Rabbis of Greater Rhode Island

    Fedovation:

    401j: A collaborative, transdenominational young community creates thriving, spirited and inspired Jewish life

  • Rabbi Barry Dolinger

    Lawyer and Rabbi, Congregation Beth Sholom

    Fedovation:

    401j: A collaborative, transdenominational young community creates thriving, spirited and inspired Jewish life

  • Stuart Mellan

    President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

    Fedovation:

    The Power of LGBT Inclusion: An inclusion project attracts new leadership while actualizing a welcoming community

  • Introductions
  • Judith Schlossberg

Show-Stopping Programs: New Ways to Engage New Audiences III National Harbor 7
9:00am - 10:00am

Bold approaches to programming are building community in New York, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Milwaukee and Tidewater. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Abbie Levin

    Assistant Vice President, Annual Campaign, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

    Fedovation:

    Chanukah in a Basket: Bringing Chanukah and winter necessities in festive baskets to people in need.

  • Dr. Eve Breier

    Former Chair, Young Leadership Division, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas

    Fedovation:

    LGBTQ Seder: Creating a more inclusive and open space for the entire Jewish community

  • Elena Barr Baum

    Director, Holocaust Commission, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

    Fedovation:

    What We Carry: Changing the Face of Holocaust Education While Keeping Individual Survivors’ Stories Alive For Future Generations

  • Daniel Bader

    President/CEO, Helen Bader Foundation

    Fedovation:

    J-WISE: A universally appealing program that translates our Jewish values into a more sustainable environment

  • Lauren Epstein

    Planning Manager, Caring Commission, UJA-Federation of New York

    Fedovation:

    Engage Jewish Service Corps: A vibrant community of Baby Boomers involved in high-impact volunteer service

  • Introductions
  • Fred Zimmerman

    Jewish Federation of Nashville & Middle Tennessee

Taking Care of Business: Aiming for Operational Excellence Potomac 3,4
9:00am - 10:00am

New models for business and planning are streamlining operations in Tidewater, St. Paul, Colorado, Cincinnati and Dallas. This session repeats at 10:30 am.

    Speaker
  • Alex Pomerantz

    Community Development Specialist, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

    Fedovation:

    Tidewater Together, Exploring Our Jewish Future: A weekend of inspiration through community collaboration.

  • Eli Skora

    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

    Fedovation:

    Our Community Talked.  We Listened How St. Paul’s leadership is building a vibrant future from the grassroots.

  • Bradley Laye

    President/CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

    Fedovation:

    Online Campaign Dashboard: Data to Drive your Annual Campaign with Your Eyes Open

  • Doug Seserman

    President and CEO, JEWISHcolorado

    Fedovation:

    JEWISHcolorado: Reimagining Federation for the 21st Century

  • Dan Fagin

    Chief Operation Officer, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

    Fedovation:

    Strength in Numbers: Powering the Community through Shared Business Services

  • Introductions
  • Robert Kuchner

    Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

 10:30am - 11:30am Fedovation Block 2: How Federations Are Pioneering Change

Federations are launching some of the most vibrant, thriving and critical change efforts in the Jewish world today. Learn from inspiring professionals and lay leaders who have launched impressive initiatives, and explore ways to bring these ideas home.

Access Granted: Creating Inclusive Communities Potomac 1,2
10:30am - 11:30am

Initiatives in Greater MetroWest NJ, Los Angeles, Baltimore and Orlando are making those communities accessible and welcoming to people with disabilities and special needs.

    Speaker
  • Renée Dain

    Director of Community Services, The Associated: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

    Fedovation:

    Baltimore Jewish Abilities Alliance: Transforming the way individuals and families navigate transitions and access services

  • Loren London

    Founder, RAISE, Jewish Federation of Greater Orlando

    Fedovation:

    RAISE (Recognizing Abilities and Inclusion of Special Employees): A training program providing paid work at partner agencies

  • Rebecca Wanatick

    Community Inclusion Coordinator, MetroWest ABLE

    Fedovation:

    MetroWest Able: Creating inclusive Jewish communities for individuals with disabilities

  • Andrew Cushnir

    Executive Vice President & Chief Programming Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater LA

    Fedovation:

    The Joint Special Needs Task Force for Jewish Education and Engagement: A coordinated approach to education opportunities

  • Introductions
  • Beth Liss

Beyond Happy Hour:  Solutions to the Young Adult Challenge Potomac D
10:30am - 11:30am

New approaches are deepening young adult engagement in San Francisco, Tampa, Austin, Philadelphia and Detroit.

    Speaker
  • Rachel Taubman

    NEXTGen Detroit Outreach Associate

    Fedovation:

    We Don't Want Your Money: Putting young adults in control of their fundraising efforts creates long-lasting, positive results

  • Dana Epstein

    Assistant Executive Director Jewish Federation of Greater Austin

    Fedovation:

    Food Networking with Millennials: Engaging Jewish young adults through Party of 8 and Intergenerational Shabbat Dinners

  • Scott Kaufman

    President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

    Fedovation:

    We Don't Want Your Money: Putting young adults in control of their fundraising efforts creates long-lasting, positive results

  • Rachel Sigman

    Senior Development Officer, Leadership Philanthropy, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Fedovation:

    Israel360: Connecting young leaders in Philadelphia to Israel

  • Matthew Youngner

    Community Campaign Director, San Francisco Jewish Community Federation

    Fedovation:

    Happy Hours for a Cause: Turning Low-Barrier Constituents into (Educated) Donors

  • Lisa Robbins

    Director, Young Adult Division and Outreach & Engagement, Tampa Jewish Federation

    Fedovation:

    Better than Bubbe: Eavesdropping on what 20-something Jews are really talking about.

  • Introductions
  • Howard Feinsand

    Jewish Federation of Greater Atlanta

Building the Jewish Future:  New Approaches to Camp and Education I National Harbor 6
10:30am - 11:30am

Creative initiatives are shaping Jewish identity in Los Angeles, Boston, Montreal and Orange County, CA.

    Speaker
  • Joel Segal

    Donor, Federation CJA

    Fedovation:

    Generations Education Fund: A cutting-edge education fund creates a platform for transformational giving

  • Shalom C. Elcott

    President/CEO of Jewish Federation & Family Services Orange County, CA

    Fedovation:

    Passport to Jewish Life: Transformative grants for Jewish experiential education

  • Julie Vanek

    Director of Jewish Learning Connections at CJP

    Fedovation:

    Jewish Learning Connections: Transforming and reinventing supplementary school learning through a multi-pronged approach

  • Lara Abell

    Senior Event Director, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Fedovation:

    Tour de Summer Camps: A community-wide cycling fundraiser and ride for the Jewish future

  • Introductions
  • Susan Laxer

    Federation CJA of Montreal

Building the Jewish Future: New Approaches to Camp and Education II Potomac 5,6
10:30am - 11:30am

Creative initiatives are shaping Jewish identity in Chicago, Cleveland, Montreal, Greater MetroWest NJ and Northern NJ.

    Speaker
  • Kelly Rubanenko

    Director, Growing Jewish Cleveland & Young Family Outreach

    Fedovation:

    PJ Library Goes to Camp: collaborative effort to expose all kinds of Jewish families to the joy of Jewish camping

  • Hallie Shapiro Devir

    Assistant Vice President, Israel Experience and Youth Initiatives, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

    Fedovation:

    Strategic Investment in Teen Education & Engagement: The Jim Joseph Foundation-led Funders Collaborative

  • Natana Shek Dor

    Director of Generations Fund, Federation CJA, Montreal

    Fedovation:

    A Jewish Future through Jewish Camp: Federations building communities as conveners and funders of Jewish overnight camp

  • Introductions
  • Karen Pack

    Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas City

  • Group Leader
  • Lisa Glass

    Managing Director, Community Planning and Impact, Jewish Federation of Northern New Jersey

    Fedovation:

    Educational Analysis and Repositioning: Impactful investment in synagogue-based religious schools and early childhood education

Israel Encounters: Creating a Connection National Harbor 4
10:30am - 11:30am

Innovative programs in Houston, Chicago, Greater MetroWest NJ, Colorado, Miami and Washington, DC, are creating deeper relationships with Israel while strengthening the Jewish State.

    Speaker
  • Phyllis Bernstein

    Board Member, Jewish Federation of Greater Metrowest NJ

    Fedovation:

    Developing the Negev: Three amazing programs are making Israel's desert bloom

  • Rachel Barton

    Melvin Cohen Young Leadership Associate/NEXT DC Coordinator

    Fedovation:

    Reverse Mifgash: American and Israeli Birthright Israel alumni build global Jewish community through a 10-day encounter in DC.

  • Dahlia Bendavid

    Director, Israel and Overseas, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

    Fedovation:

    Taking Action: Women's Engagement and Empowerment in the US and Israel

  • Eran Dubovi

    CEO, YEDA-Leo Baeck Israel Schools

    Fedovation:

    YEDA-Leo Baeck Schools (Inspired by KIPP): Bringing a successful US model to Israel

  • Devon Schad

    Director of Development, JEWISHcolorado

    Fedovation:

    It’s Real | Israel: Engaging young adults in fun, candid and honest conversations about Israel

  • Elissa Polan

    Assistant Vice President, Planning and Allocations, Jewish United Fund

    Fedovation:

    Israel Children's Zone: a flagship educational intervention program meeting needs of youngsters in Israel’s periphery

  • Melanie Roth Gorelick

    Director, Community Relations Committee, Jewish Federation of Greater MetroWest NJ

    Fedovation:

    Step Up for Israel: A community-wide education initiative to provide tools, techniques and inspiration to speak up for Israel

  • Introductions
  • Caryn Rosen Adelman

    Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

More Dollars, More Donors: Out-of-the-Box Fundraising Potomac C
10:30am - 11:30am

Campaigns are stronger and financial resource development is growing thanks to new approaches in Monmouth County, South Palm Beach, Baltimore, Sarasota and Nashville.

    Speaker
  • Leslie Pomerantz

    Senior Vice President, The Associated Jewish Federation of Baltimore

    Fedovation:

    Riding the Wave of Giving Tuesday: Seizing unexpected opportunities to drive dollars and donors

  • Elena Herskowitz

    Director of Development, Jewish Federation of Monmouth County

    Fedovation:

    100 Days of IMPACT: A community-wide effort to raise dollars, awareness and participation

  • Howard Tevlowitz

    Executive Director, The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee

    Fedovation:

    Development for a New Age: Moving to a donor-centered model of Jewish philanthropy

  • Lisa Karasic

    Director of Marketing & Communications, Jewish Federation of Monmouth County

    Fedovation:

    100 Days of IMPACT: A community-wide effort to raise dollars, awareness, and participation

  • Naomi Limor Sedek

    Campaign Director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

    Fedovation:

    Team Fundraising: Leveraging competition to grow the campaign and increase volunteers

  • Mark S. Freedman

    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Nashville and Middle Tennessee

    Fedovation:

    Team Fundraising: Leveraging competition to grow the campaign and increase volunteers

  • Dana Vizner

    Associate VP, Campaign and Israel & Overseas, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

    Fedovation:

    Emerging Jewish Philanthropists: Engaging and building a vibrant, active, loyal community of younger major donors

  • Introductions
  • UJA-Federation of New York

Rethinking Social Services:  New Strands for the Safety Net National Harbor 5
10:30am - 11:30am

Federations and our agencies are taking care of the most vulnerable in unique ways in Philadelphia, Broward County, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Miami.

    Speaker
  • Eric B. Stillman

    President/CEO, Jewish Federation of Broward County

    Fedovation:

    Women's Economic Empowerment: A competitive grant provides basic financial education to single Jewish mothers

  • Rabbi Frederick L. Klein

    Executive Vice President, Rabbinical Association of Greater Miami

    Fedovation:

    Mishkan Miami: How Jewish spiritual care connects us to community, ourselves, and our sense of the divine

  • Ezra Shanken

    CEO, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver

    Fedovation:

    Jhub Richmond: How a service hub has expanded supports to a suburban Jewish community

  • Lori Klein

    Senior Vice President, Caring for Jews in Need, The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

    Fedovation:

    The Ezra Network: Providing access to social services in the comfort of synagogue settings

  • Brian Gralnick

    Director, Center for Social Responsibility, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

    Fedovation:

    Mitzvah Food Project's Choice Food Program: Innovation in food security and nutrition

  • Introductions
  • Arthur Loring

    Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County

Show-Stopping Programs:  New Ways to Engage New Audiences I Chesapeake B,C
10:30am - 11:30am

Bold approaches to programming are building community in Montreal, Santa Barbara, New Orleans and Washington, DC.

    Speaker
  • Andrew Schydlowsky

    CEO, Sticky

    Fedovation:

    Sold Out! Amplifying Word-of-Mouth to Expand Community and Redefine Event Marketing

  • Stacye Zeisler

    Chief Marketing Officer, The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    Fedovation:

    Jewish Food Experience: A high-quality website uses our deeply-rooted connections to food as a basis for outreach

  • Jeff Rum

    President & Chief Marketing Officer, SPARK Experience

    Fedovation:

    Jewish Food Experience: A high-quality website uses our deeply-rooted connections to food as a basis for outreach

  • Michael J. Weil

    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

    Fedovation:

    Newcomers: Transforming a community by recruiting and welcoming new arrivals with real incentives

  • Lesli Green

    Chief Communications Officer, Federation CJA, Montreal

    Fedovation:

    InMontreal.com: An innovative photo blog widens the tent, generates pride in community, and serves as an engagement tool

Show-Stopping Programs: New Ways to Engage New Audiences II Chesapeake G,H,I
10:30am - 11:30am

Bold approaches to programming are building community in Rhode Island, Chicago, New York, Southern Arizona and Washington, DC.

    Speaker
  • Paula Harris

    Associate Vice President, Community Outreach & Engagement, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago

    Fedovation:

    GIFTS: Providing grandparents essential knowledge, skills and tools they need to share Jewish values with their grandchildren.

  • Abigail Pick

    Planning Associate, Caring Commission, UJA-Federation of New York

    Fedovation:

    Poverty Slam: Inspiring teens to develop innovative responses to poverty New York

  • Avital Ingber

    Chief Development Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Washington

    Fedovation:

    Holocaust Survivors Community Fund: Bringing enhanced services to over 200 survivors living below the poverty line

  • Erin Moseley

    Director of Arts & Culture and NextGen Engagement, Jewish Alliance of Greater Rhode Island

    Fedovation:

    401j: A collaborative, transdenominational young community creates thriving, spirited and inspired Jewish life

  • Rabbi Elan Babchuck

    Temple Emanu-El

    Fedovation:

    401j: A collaborative, transdenominational young community creates thriving, spirited and inspired Jewish life

  • Stuart Mellan

    President & CEO, Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona

    Fedovation:

    The Power of LGBT Inclusion: An inclusion project attracts new leadership while actualizing a welcoming community

  • Introductions
  • Beth Goldsmith

    THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore

Show-Stopping Programs: New Ways to Engage New Audiences III National Harbor 7
10:30am - 11:30am

Bold approaches to programming are building community in New York, Cleveland, Las Vegas, Milwaukee and Tidewater.

    Speaker
  • Abbie Levin

    Assistant Vice President, Annual Campaign, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

    Fedovation:

    Chanukah in a Basket: Bringing Chanukah and winter necessities in festive baskets to people in need.

  • Dr. Eve Breier

    Former Chair, Young Leadership Division, Jewish Federation of Las Vegas

    Fedovation:

    LGBTQ Seder: Creating a more inclusive and open space for the entire Jewish community

  • Elena Barr Baum

    Director, Holocaust Commission, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

    Fedovation:

    What We Carry: Changing the Face of Holocaust Education While Keeping Individual Survivors’ Stories Alive For Future Generations

  • Daniel Bader

    President/CEO, Helen Bader Foundation

    Fedovation:

    J-WISE: A universally appealing program that translates our Jewish values into a more sustainable environment

  • Lauren Epstein

    Planning Manager, Caring Commission, UJA-Federation of New York

    Fedovation:

    Engage Jewish Service Corps: A vibrant community of Baby Boomers involved in high-impact volunteer service

  • Introductions
  • Holly Levinson

Taking Care of Business: Aiming for Operational Excellence Potomac 3,4
10:30am - 11:30am

New models for business and planning are streamlining operations in Tidewater, St. Paul, Colorado, Cincinnati and Dallas.

    Speaker
  • Alex Pomerantz

    Community Development Specialist, United Jewish Federation of Tidewater

    Fedovation:

    Tidewater Together, Exploring Our Jewish Future: A weekend of inspiration through community collaboration.

  • Eli Skora

    Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater St. Paul

    Fedovation:

    Our Community Talked.  We Listened How St. Paul’s leadership is building a vibrant future from the grassroots.

  • Bradley Laye

    President/CEO, The Jewish Federation of Greater Dallas

    Fedovation:

    Online Campaign Dashboard: Data to Drive your Annual Campaign with Your Eyes Open

  • Doug Seserman

    President and CEO, JEWISHcolorado

    Fedovation:

    JEWISHcolorado: Reimagining Federation for the 21st Century

  • Dan Fagin

    Chief Operation Officer, Jewish Federation of Cincinnati

    Fedovation:

    Strength in Numbers: Powering the Community through Shared Business Services

  • Introductions
  • Sari Anne Rapkin

    Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

Afternoon
 11:30am - 1:00pm Eat and Greet: Lunch in the Backyard Prince George's Exhibit Hall D/E

Join friends and colleagues for a lunch hosted by JFNA. Don't forget to visit the conversation pits for lunchtime programming.

 11:30am - 1:00pm Joshua Society Lunch National Harbor 2

The inaugural event of a new society recognizing families and individuals giving $10,000-$24,999 a year to their Federation Annual Campaign.  At this special lunch and briefing, three major foreign policy players will participate in an off-the-record discussion of the strategic issues facing Israel and the US in the Middle East. By invitation.

 

    Panelist
  • Elliott Abrams

    Senior Fellow for Middle Eastern Studies, Council on Foreign Relations

  • David Makovsky

    Ziegler Distinguished Fellow, The Washington Institute for Near East Policy

  • Tamara Cofman Wittes

    Director, Center for Middle East Policy, Brookings

  • Moderator
  • William C. Daroff

    Senior Vice President, Public Policy & Director, JFNA Washington Office

 11:30am - 1:00pm Backyard Conversation Pit - Stage A Conversation Pit A

Take advantage of an opportunity to interact directly with some of the GA's most interesting speakers.

12:00 - 12:30 - Mark Gurvis, JFNA Executive Vie President
12:30 - 1:00 - Professor Alean Al-Krenawi

 11:30am - 1:00pm Backyard Conversation Pit - Stage B Conversation Pit B

Take advantage of an opportunity to interact directly with some of the GA's most interesting speakers.

12:00 - 12:30 - Gilead Sher
12:30-1:00 - Jon Medved

  • Jon Medved

    CEO, OurCrowd

  • Panelist
  • Gilead Sher

    Former Chief of Staff for Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Barak and Chairman, Sapir College

 12:45pm - 1:30pm AJPA Annual Meeting Chesapeake 6

By invitation.

 1:30pm - 3:00pm Closing Plenary Potomac A/B

In honor of Veteran’s Day, we celebrate Jews in the armed forces, from soldiers to chaplains.  We hear from Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu, live from Israel. The winner of Israel’s version of American idol, the daughter of refugees airlifted from Ethiopia, leads us in Hatikvah. We recognize Federations’ young leaders and hear a vision for the Federation movement.  And we’ll be addressed by one of Israel’s top political leaders.  

 3:30pm - 5:30pm Federation Presidents & Executives and JFNA Trustees Discussion Session Woodrow Wilson A

An opportunity for Federation leadership to address key governance issues and provide feedback as JFNA conducts a major governance and by-laws review. By invitation.

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

The Senior Advisory Council and National Professional Advisory of the Planned Giving and Endowments Department will convene immediately after the GA to discuss legal, administrative, development and legislative issues affecting philanthropy. This program continues until 3 pm on Wednesday, November 12. By invitation; preregistration required. These sessions will be held offsite; please note locations below.

Tuesday night:
Agora
1527 17th St NW, Washington, DC 20036

Wednesday:
Baker & Hostetler
1050 Connecticut Ave NW, Washington, DC 20036

 6:00pm - 9:30pm Israel Action Network Special Consultation Dinner Reception National Harbor 4

The institute continues on Wednesday, Nov. 12. 

 6:00pm - 9:00pm New Presidents and Executives Meeting Chesapeake D

This highly interactive seminar is designed to advance the skills Federation presidents and CEOs need to effectively partner as leaders and to set and accomplish your Federation’s goals.This program continues on Wednesday, November 12 from 8:00 am until 12:00 pm. By invitation. Participation is reserved for president and CEO teams only.

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

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