Programs and Webinars

JPRO Network: A commitment to connecting the field, lifelong learning, and meaningful professional development

Throughout each year, JPRO Network facilitates programs that nurture and continue to inspire the important work of professionals in Jewish organizations throughout North America. For example, JPRO hosts a continuing education webinar on topics of interest to our constituency such as the situation in Israel, the next phase of Jewish community leadership, or skill-set building workshops, such as strengthening one’s communication skills or improving one’s resume. JPRO provides these webinars to advance the field and introduce learning opportunities for further exploration and development.

Additionally, JPRO supports both in-person and online programs of torah l’shma (learning for the sake of learning), where scholars engage in learning around Jewish holidays or text – as we believe that every professional grows and appreciates the opportunity to engage with the larger Jewish tradition, providing a framework and deeper understanding of their work in the local and national stage. Ultimately, we aim for each program to further solidify the network of Jewish professionals, fostering relationships within and between communities that strengthen job-satisfaction and retention of talent within our field.

“Can We Forgive and Forget?”
Presenter: Rabbi Michael Paley,
Scholar in Residence at the Jewish Resource Center, UJA Federation of NY

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“Is Social Justice at Work” Jewish Organizations as Racial Justice Allies-Bringing Racial Justice to Work

Presenters:
April Baskin, Vice President, Union for Reform Judaism
Cheryl Cook, CEO, AVODAH, Jewish Service Corps
David Eisner, CEO, Repair the World
Mark Winston Griffith, Executive Director, Brooklyn Movement Center
Chava Shervington, President, Jewish Mulitracial Network

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“The New Israeli Government: Views from Jerusalem and Washington

Presenters:
David Horovitz, Founding Editor, The Times of Israel
Ron Kampeas, Washington Bureau Chief, Jewish Telegraphic Agency

Moderator:
William Daroff, Director, AJC New York Regional Office
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“Implications of European Anti-Semitism” For Jewish Community Professionals

Presenter:
Ira N. Forman, Special U.S. Envoy to Monitor and Combat Anti-Semitism
Moderator:
Michael Schmidt, Director, AJC New York Regional Office
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“We Had the Elections. Now What? Israeli Politics, Anti-Israel Sentiment, and Israel EducationImplications for Jewish Community Professionals

Presenter:
Dr. Alex Sinclair, Director of Programs in Israel Education and Adjunct Assistant Professor of Jewish Education, The Jewish Theological Seminar
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“And Justice For All…Jewish Community Responses to Black Lives Matter”

Presenters:
Rabbi Susan Talve, Central Reform Congregation
Rabbi Jason Kimelman-Block, Bend the Arc
March 26, 2014
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“Being a Multiplier: Growing People Through Language”

Presenters:
Dr. Erica Brown, Scholar-in-residence for Jewish Federation of Greater Washington
March 6, 2014
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“Pursuing Justice: Working toward economic security and helping those in need”

Presenters:
Alan Gill, CEO/Executive Vice President, JDC
Hannah Rosenthal, CEO/President, Milwaukee Federation
Rabbi Michael Paley, Director, Jewish Resource Center, UJA-Federation of NY

Moderator:
William Daroff, Senior Vice President for Public Policy & Director of the Washington Office, JFNA
January 9, 2014
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“My Promised Land: A Conversational Interview of Israeli Author and Journalist Ari Shavit and Dr. Jeff Solomon”

Presenters:
Dr. Jeff Solomon, President, Andrea and Charles Bronfman Philanthropies

References:
Group Discussion Guide by Makom
The New York Times, Book Review: My Promised Land
NPR Interview with Ari Shavit
Thomas Friedman: Something for Barack and Bibi to Talk About
Jane Eisner: Ari Shavit Still Believes in a “Promised Land”
September 10, 2013
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“Inspiring Relationships: Jewish Values at the Core”

Presenters:
Rabbi Naomi Kalish, ACPE, BCC, MA, Coordinator of Pastoral Care & Education, New York Presbyterian – Morgan Stanley Children’s Hospital, President, National Association of Jewish Chaplains

References:
Reflective Practice
January 23, 2013
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“Let Justice Roll Down Like Waters”

Presenters:
Rabbi Joy Levitt, Executive Director, JCC in Manhattan
Alex Budnitsky, CEO and Executive Director, Marks Jewish Community House of Bensonhurst
Michael Weil, Executive Director, Jewish Federation of Greater New Orleans

References:
Action in Crisis and Uncertainty: Houston’s Response to Hurricane Katrina by Lee Wunsch.
Interactive map of New Orleans water accumulation due to Hurricane Katrina
October 25, 2012
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“Unlocking the Values of Jewish Service Learning”

Presenters:
Mordy Walfish, Repair the World
Aaron Dorfman, American Jewish World Service
Stephanie Ruskay, Avodah
Lee Sherman, AJFCA

References:
Jewish Service Learning: History and Landscape, by Mordy Walfish
From Service Learning to Service Activism, by Aaron Dorfman
How to Turn a Year of Service into a Lifetime of Commitment, by Stephanie Ruskay
September 6, 2012
Presenter:
Rabbi Karyn Kedar, Author, Poet, and Senior Rabbi at Congregation BJBE

“The Seven Paradoxes of Inspirational Leadership”

References:
Poem: Choosing

To purchase any of Rabbi Kedar’s books (God Whispers, Dance of the Dolphin, Bridge to Forgiveness), email Rabbi Kedar at kkedar@bjbe.org