Morning
Afternoon
4:15pm - 5:45pmBreakout Sessions: Round One
Identity Crisis: Defining the Role of Communal Organizations

What is the role of Federation and other Jewish communal organizations in a time of crisis?  In a world where media is ever-present,  the very nature of Jewish communal leadership is shifting.  Where does community end and leadership begin?  Examine these questions and more in this session led by top thinkers and executives in the field.

    Speaker
  • Yehuda Kurtzer

    President, Shalom Hartman Institute of North America

Tailor Made Judaism: Creating the Right Fit For Interfaith

There is no one path to fostering Jewish connection.  This session will explore new models for building inclusive communities, welcoming interfaith families and look at how to reach those households that have yet to be engaged.

Workin’ 9 – 5: Cultivating and Retaining Top Talent

Culture eats strategy for breakfast. Investing in a great workplace culture is key to attracting, developing and retaining top talent. Learn about the core elements making up a "great place to work" and how the Jewish Leadership Pipelines Alliance is supporting Jewish organizations in bringing these efforts to life.  

Millennials Live: Young Adult Roundtable

We read the research and study the success stories, but how often do we get to hear what young adults are looking for and doing out there directly from young adults?  This moderated discussion among five under-30s, representing varied degrees of Jewish engagement, will drill down on the questions you really want answers to.

Strength in the South: Building a Stronger, More Vibrant Negev for Today and Tomorrow

In the summer of 2014, Israelis endured 50 days of Operation Protective Edge.  And Federation was there to support the health and safety of the community from the beginning. Join us to learn about three major, multi-year initiatives where Federations have invested to strengthen resilience and build a stronger, more vibrant South.

Global Immersion: Make It Personal

Discover the community benefits to investing in immersive Israel and overseas experiences. From new perspectives on global Jewish community, to better understanding of regional politics to appreciation of cultural trends, there is no better way to raise interest and awareness than through the people who have seen it all first hand.  Join representatives from various MASA, Jewish Agency for Israel and Entwine immersive programs to hear the creative tact they employ to increase engagement on a local level.

Uncharted Territory: Investing in Israel’s Vulnerable Areas

Seeing the promise and possibility in a city that has yet to find it’s economic foothold requires a special kind of vision.  Hear from the investors who are supporting new programs and projects emanating from Israeli communities that sit outside the more commonly known hotbeds of innovation. Learn about why it’s important, how it’s successful and how you can be a part of creating the next Israeli hub of cutting-edge creative thinking.

2:00pm - 3:45pmOpening Plenary
12:00pm - 1:30pmNational Women’s Philanthropy Event

All women are welcome! Pre-registration is required during your online registration.

Evening
Morning
Afternoon
2:00pm - 3:30pmBreakout Sessions: Round Two
Major League Fundraising: Better Stewardship of Your Most Important Donors

Hear from some of the best experts and explore new dimensions of your old standby major gift development and stewardship strategies. Learn about what tools are already at your disposal to enhance your efforts, like boutique and affinity group missions and more.

Surveying the Landscape: Exploring Philanthropic Trends

Learn from three mini TED-style talks about trends in the greater world of nonprofits and how they can be relevant to Federations. Impact investing, giving circles and the rising popularity of donor-advised funds are just a few examples of trends we may explore in this session. 

As the World Turns: Our Work in Israel and Across the Globe

Our partner organizations operate in countries around the world and change lives on a daily basis. Meet the program professionals on the ground in the turbulent areas making headlines today. This world café-style conversation is the closest you can get to an overseas mission without getting on a plane.

Corporate Connection: Finding Local Corporate Support

Hear strategies for making a connection, making your case and making the ask in the corporate sector of your local community.

  • Daniel B. Flax

    Daniel B. Flax, Director, Financial Resource Development Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York

  • Jeffrey Bartos

    President, ESB Holdings LLC

Federations & the Social Safety Net: The Future of Health and Human Services

Take part in a strategic discussion on the future of the nation’s most pressing policy issues and how Federation can affect positive change regarding these vital government initiatives. This session will highlight pragmatic solutions and focus on how you, as a community leader, can make a profound difference in for your federation and their partner agencies.

    Moderator
  • Julie Kass

    Principal, Ober Kaler Attorneys at Law

  • Speaker
  • Anne Tumlinson

    Founder, Anne Tumlinson Innovations LLC and Daughterhood.org

  • Stuart Butler

    Senior Fellow, The Brookings Institution

How Do You Measure Jewish Experience? Assessment Model

Hillel is taking action to better understand where their programming efforts are effective, where they are not and how best to measure that impact. Walk through the strategic process they are employing and hear how they will use this information to fuel their overall organizational strategy. 

Boycotting the Boycott: Strategies for Addressing BDS on Campus and Beyond

What are real action steps for talking about Boycotts, Divestment and Sanctions (BDS) in a constructive way in your community?  What role does the board play?  What role do the donors play? The Israel Action Network is back, reprising their sold-out session from GA 2014 in this interactive workshop designed to help participants gain insight into proper messaging and outreach strategies for reaching vulnerable constituencies and countering delegitimization.

    Moderator
  • Noam Gilboord

    Director of Community Strategy, JFNA/JCPA Israel Action Network

Once Upon A Time: Fundraising Through Effective Storytelling

What makes a personal story so compelling that a potential donor writes a check on the spot?  Analyze and deconstruct what turns a powerful story into a powerful ask in this interactive session

Charter, Montessori, Day School, Oh My!: Trends and Choices in Jewish Education

Explore the differences and similarities, the success’ and challenges and the pros and cons in a no-questions-barred conversation with leaders from three Jewish education movements.

The Elephant in the Room: Creating a Safe Space to Debate Israel

Headline news detailing acts of terror, political uncertainties and unbalanced reporting can deeply affect the development of Jewish identity and can quickly pit allies against one another.  Explore what our communities can be doing to both create positive Jewish messaging and encourage healthy discourse.

Evening
Morning
10:45am - 12:15pm Breakout Sessions: Round Three
Making It to The Top: Scaling Promising Jewish Engagement Projects

Hear details of the success of two education initiatives and participate in an interactive conversation to help them scale their projects to meet the needs of new communities.  Along with field experts, ask the hard questions and help create solutions in this case-study-meets-shark-tank-style session.

The Secret of Chabad: How to Build A Movement

Chabad is an engagement success story. What strategies do they, and other organizations finding similar success, employ and how can they work with Federations? Hear from a Chabad a leader and a relationship-building specialist and learn what you can be doing to engage your community.

Where There’s a Will There’s a Way: Planned Giving and Your Annual Campaign

Planned giving and endowments can be the backbone of a successful fundraising strategy – and yet they are still underutilized by many organizations. Hear from top experts about how best to incorporate planned giving asks into your annual campaign and overall development strategy.

  • Vicki Agron

    Founder and Principal, Vicki Agron Consulting LLC

The New Paradigm: The Persistent Threat to Jewish Communities

Is your community prepared with a plan of action in the event of an unthinkable emergency?  The Secure Community Network (SCN) provided invaluable advice and support to Kansas City and many other communities in the wake of the tragedies that rocked their cities.  Join SCN for an interactive preparedness workshop and begin to create a plan of action to help keep your community safe.

  • Todd Stettner

    Executive Vice President & CEO Jewish Federation of Greater Kansas

Advocating Support: Leveraging Our Public Policy and Overseas Work in Your Campaign

It’s easy to show Campaign donors how their contributions impact their local communities. But what about  little farther from home—like Washington, D.C., or 70 countries around the world? Hear case studies that show you how to best utilize Federations’ broader work in your Campaign, featuring national missions, emergency campaigns and lobbying for legislative change. 

Through Rainbow-Colored Glasses: LGBT Perspective on Jewish Community

Providing a welcoming and inclusive space for all members of our communities has never been more prevalent than it is today. Talk with members of the LGBT community in an inter-active roundtable and hear what really makes them feel engaged and connected.

Direct Male: Closing the Gender Gap

The Federation system boasts an extraordinarily strong, generous and connected cohort of donors with the exceptional work of National Women’s Philanthropy and the International Lions of Judah.  But what about their male counterparts? Explore how to create that same level of involvement and engagement with the men in our communities.

As the World Turns: Our Work in Israel and Across the Globe

Our partner organizations operate in countries around the world and change lives on a daily basis. Meet the program professionals on the ground in the turbulent areas making headlines today. This world café-style conversation is the closest you can get to an overseas mission without getting on a plane.

Beyond Tikkun Olam: The Dollars and Cents of Disability Inclusion

Disability inclusion, particularly in employment, is much more than just good-hearted; it’s good for business. In this session, experts will highlight research on the positive effects of hiring workers with disabilities, discuss current government initiatives around inclusion, and explore best practices of employers who are leading the way and creating better workplaces because of it.  

This Land is My Land…This Land is Your Land? A State of Israel for All Its Citizens

Israeli society today is a dynamic and complex mosaic. This session will explore three challenges of that complexity: religion and state; integration of the Ethiopian community; and Arab citizens in Israeli society. Hear from diverse speakers working toward making today’s Israel more inclusive and embracing of all who call it home.

The Elephant in the Room: Creating a Safe Space to Debate Israel

Headline news detailing acts of terror, political uncertainties and unbalanced reporting can deeply affect the development of Jewish identity and can quickly pit allies against one another.  Explore what our communities can be doing to both create positive Jewish messaging and encourage healthy discourse.

Afternoon
3:00pm - 11:00am New Presidents and Executives Meeting

This event will continue on Wednesday until 11 AM.

12:45pm - 2:45pm Closing Plenary room: Plenary Hall

Lunch will be served immediately following.

Evening