National Harbor, MD November 9 - 11

National Harbor, MD
November 9 - 11

Program

Morning
8:30 AM- 2:00 PM Endowment Leadership Institute

A specialized session for endowment professionals and leadership.  Learn the secrets behind the most effective legacy development programs. By invitation.

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

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 Yesod

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

10:00 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.

11:00 AM- 2:00 PM City-Size Meetings

Join fellow lay and professional leaders from your cohort to learn from one another and explore new opportunities. By invitation

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

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

Afternoon
2:00- 2:45 PM Mincha and Margaritas

A learning and conversation experience about everything you want to know about the Mincha service with a prominent rabbi.

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.

Evening
5:30- 8:00 PM Dinners and Night Out on the Town

Grab dinner on your own before heading downtown for the GA “Night on the Town” including a private tour and dessert reception for all attendees at one of Washington’s most popular landmarks.  

5:30- 10:30 PM Covenant Foundation Award Dinner

An event congratulating three exceptional Jewish educators. By invitation

5:30- 9:00 PM Prime Minister’s Council and King David Society Reception

 Take me out to the ball game!  Fun and star-studded cocktail reception with celebrity sports team owners.  By invitation

Morning
7:00- 8:00 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. 

7:30- 9:00 AM Breakfast

Start your day with breakfast in the GA Den. 

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

A breakfast honoring Emerging Jewish Professionals By invitation

7:30- 9:00 AM Israeli breakfast

Hosted by the JFNA Israel Office. By invitation

9:15- 10:45 AM Plenary Two

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

Afternoon
11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Break Outs: What Can We Learn From Them?

Outside experts deliver groundbreaking presentations filled with insights that can propel the Jewish community forward.  

  • Why Are They There and Not Here?: How Top Organizations Keep Young People Engaged
  • Keeping Connected: Ways Alumni Associations and Other Groups Sustain Long-Term Donor Relationships
  • Virtual Fundraising: Can Social Media, Kickstarter and Other Online Methods Work Well for Federations? How Can Successful Nonprofits Use These to Grow Their Movements?
11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Break Outs: Dig Deep Discussion Series
  • Alone or Aligned: What Does it Mean to Be Part of a Collective in an Era of Individualism?
  • Value Propositions:  How to Actualize Our Jewish Principles in Choices Our Community Makes
  • Room for Every View? How to Create Space for Varied Perspectives on Israel
11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Break Outs: Traditional, But Better Presentations

Top policy experts deliver penetrating presentations on key Federation agenda items.  

  • The Graying of Jewish North America: Getting Our Service Infrastructure Ready
  • Organizing the Ground Game: What Federations Can Do to Inoculate Our Community Against BDS
  • Beyond Our Borders: New Opportunities to Impact Israel and around the World
  • Jewish Education: The New Frontier and the Federation’s Role in It 
  • Missing Links: How Do We Bring the Underrepresented Constituencies into Federations? (LGBT, Russians and other constituencies)
11:15 AM- 12:45 PM Break Outs: Takeaway and Skills Sessions
  • Uncomfortable with Fundraising?: Hone Your Solicitation Skills and Learn to Effectively Ask More of Donors
1:00- 2:45 PM Eat, Pray, Learn

Grab lunch in the GA den, 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. 

2:30 - 2:45 PM Mincha

Traditional and egalitarian prayer services offered.

2:45 - 4:15 PM Break Outs: What Can We Learn From Them?

Outside experts deliver groundbreaking presentations filled with insights that can propel the Jewish community forward.  

  • Golden Opportunities: How the Most Elite and Effective Organizations Identify Prospects and Convert Them into Committed Donors
  • Around the World in 90 Minutes: Federations’ Partners Host a Tour of Global Needs and Programs
  • Social Success: How Some of the Most Successful Nonprofits Harnessed Social Media to Grow Their Movements
2:45 - 4:15 PM Break Outs: Dig Deep Discussion Series

Unique group participation formats led by professional facilitators who have designed and conducted meetings from Fortune 500 companies to the White House.

  • Value Propositions:  How to Actualize Our Jewish Principles in Choices Our Community Makes
  • Room for Every View? How to Create Space for Varied Perspectives on Israel
  • Alone or Aligned: What Does It Mean to Be Part of a Collective in an Era of Individualism?
2:45 - 4:15 PM Break Outs: Traditional, But Better Presentations

Top policy experts deliver penetrating presentations on key Federation agenda items.  

  • Changes in Healthcare: What They Will Mean for Jewish Communities
  • King-Size Impact: Fundraising Opportunities with Corporate Sponsors and Private Foundations
  • Gender and Giving: What Motivates Men to Donate?
  • Shifting Sands: The State of Geopolitics in Israel’s Neighborhood
2:45- 4:15 PM Break Outs: Building the Federation Business Model

Innovative learning formats take your local Federation to the next level by applying corporate best practices and management methods to our community. 

  • Federations as Businesses: Methods of Measuring Success
  • Relational, Consumer-Centric and Other Models for Managing the Federation Marketplace
  • The Power of Faith: How Rabbis and Federations Can Play Together in the Same Sandbox
  • Up the Corporate Ladder: How Do We Create a Career Track for Professionals and Leadership?
4:45- 6:00 PM The Three Biggies

Three mini-plenaries tackling the most important topics facing the Federation community. Choose one.  

  • Walking the Tightrope: Exploring Religious Diversity in Israel
  • It’s All in the Family: How Are We Welcoming Interfaith Families to Our Communities?
  • Generation #hashtag: What Young People Are Really Thinking about Jewish Community
Evening
6:00- 7:30 PM Dinner, Dominos and Dessert

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

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 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. 

9:30 PM- 12:30 AM Lost in Tradition: Jewish Culture Night

Chat with best-selling authors, listen to fantastic music or just enjoy a drink and schmooze. 

10:30 PM- 12:00 AM Young Adult After Party

Who knows where and what, it's an after party! Stay tuned. 

Morning
7:00- 8:45 AM Noshing and Networking

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

7:00 - 7:30 AM Shacharit

Traditional Minyan and egalitarian services offered. 

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 Den. Lunch available for purchase. 

11:30 AM- 1:30 PM Solomon Society Luncheon

Location TBD By invitation 

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 of Endowment and Foundation Directors

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 until 3:00 PM Wednesday, November 12thBy invitation

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