National Harbor, MD November 9 - 11

National Harbor, MD
November 9 - 11

Program

Morning
7:00 AM - 11:00 PM Open Registration and Exhibit Hall Schmoozing

Gather at the GA Den, 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.

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GA Den

8:00 AM - 2:00 PM Ben Gurion Society Event

Young adults ages 22-45 who make a gift of $1,000 or more to thier 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. 

10:00 AM- 2:00 PM Large 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. Led by an expert facilitator, the seminar will include opportunities for small group conversations and information sharing on topics of interest to you and your city size colleagues such as exploring tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.”

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM Small 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. Led by an expert facilitator, the seminar will include opportunities for small group conversations and information sharing on topics of interest to you and your city size colleagues such as exploring tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.”

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM 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. Led by an expert facilitator, the seminar will include opportunities for small group conversations and information sharing on topics of interest to you and your city size colleagues such as exploring tools and strategies for “Designing the Lay-Professional Relationship We Want.”

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM Yesod

Take part in the Mandel Center’s launch of an exciting volunteer leadership development initiative. By invitation.

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11:00 AM- 2:00 PM National Young Leadership Cabinet Meeting

Develop your leadership skills in this powerful program designed by the acclaimed Wexner Foundation and customized for Cabinet. By invitation

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Afternoon
2:00- 2:45 PM First Timers’ Orientation

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

3:00 - 4:45 PM Opening 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
5:30- 7:30 PM Dinner in the GA Backyard

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

6:00 - 10:00 PM Covenant Foundation Award Dinner

An event congratulating three exceptional Jewish educators. By invitation

6:30-9:00 PM Prime 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.

7:30 PM - 12:00 AM Night on the Town

Join us for a night at the Smithsonian's Museum of American History. Busses depart at 7:30.

Morning
6:30 - 7:15 AM Shacharit

Start your day with traditional minyan or egalitarian prayer service

7:00- 8:00 AM Shacharit and Schmear

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

7:00- 8:30 AM Israeli Breakfast

Hosted by the JFNA Israel Office. By invitation

7:30- 9:00 AM Breakfast

Start your day with breakfast in the GA Backyard. 

7:30- 9:00 AM Covenant Foundation Pomegranate Award Breakfast

A breakfast honoring Emerging Jewish Professionals By invitation

9:15- 10:45 AM Plenary Two

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

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Beyond 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. 

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Organizing 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.

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM The 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.

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Jewish Inc.: The Many Roads to Leadership in the Jewish World

A diverse panel of speakers reflects on the diverse paths that led them all to the same place: careers within the Jewish world.

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Room 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.

Afternoon
11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Why 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.

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Keeping 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. 

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Virtual Fundraising: Can Social Media, Kickstarter and Other Online Methods Help Federations Grow Ou

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

11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Around the World in 90 Minutes: Federations’ Partners Host a Tour of Global Needs and Programs

Participants take a tour of the innovative and diverse programs preserving, strengthening and revitalizing Jewish life in communities from Israel to Europe to India and all across the map.

1:00- 2:45 PM Eat, Pray, Learn

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

1:00- 2:45 PM JPRO Network Award Lunch

An award ceremony honoring distinguished professionals. 

1:00- 2:45 PM Rabbinic Cabinet Study Session

By invitation 

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2:30 - 2:45 PM Mincha

Traditional and egalitarian prayer services offered.

2:45 - 4:15 PM Protecting 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.

2:45 - 4:15 PM Campus Connection: Building the Jewish Community Among Students

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

2:45 - 4:15 PM Up 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. 

2:45 - 4:15 PM The 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.  

2:45 - 4:15 PM Relational, 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?  

2:45 - 4:15 PM Federations as Businesses: Methods of Measuring Success

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

2:45 - 4:15 PM Reality Check: Jewish Life in Europe Today

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

2:45 - 4:15 PM King-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.

2:45- 4:15 PM Changes 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.

2:45 - 4:15 PM Jewish Inc.: The Many Roads to Leadership in the Jewish World

A diverse panel of speakers reflects on the diverse paths that led them all to the same place: careers within the Jewish world.

2:45- 4:15 PM Room 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.

2:45 - 4:15 PM Social 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. 

4:45 - 6:00 PM On 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. 

4:45 - 6:00 PM Making 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.

4:45 - 6:00 PM Generation #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
6:00- 6:15 PM Maariv

Traditional and egalitarian prayer services offered. 

6:00- 7:00 PM Mincha and Margaritas

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

6:00- 7:30 PM Dinner, Dominos and Dessert

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

6:00- 7:30 PM Special Receptions

Hosted by various organizations and Federations.

6:00- 7:30 PM Israeli Jewish Congress

European Jewish professionals and community members discuss challenges and opportunities with Federation leaders. By invitation 

8:00- 9:30 PM Plenary Three

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

Morning
7:00 - 7:30 AM Shacharit

Traditional Minyan and egalitarian services offered. 

7:00- 8:45 AM Noshing and Networking

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

9:00 - 11:30 AM Fedovation 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
11:30 AM- 1:30 PM Eat and Greet

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

1:30- 3:00 PM Closing 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.  

3:30- 9:00 PM Israel Action Network Institute Begins

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

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

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

6:00- 9:00 PM New 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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