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Community Engagement


Yesod, the Hebrew word for foundation, aptly describes a vital initiative of the JFNA Mandel Center for Leadership Excellence in collaboration with the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning. The Yesod Curriculum is built upon the knowledge and skills a leader needs to be effective. The curriculum was developed through the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning and was written by Dr Erica Brown. Course content will merge Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory and experiential application and we are running Yesod 2.0 beginning in January!!

We are so excited to be able to provide this amazing nationally created leadership program for the second year in a row to help build the lay leadership of all of our local area partners! For nomination or participation information, please contact KB Goodkin.

ENRICH Executive Sessions:

ENRICH Executive Sessions is an opportunity for local Executive Directors, CEO’s, Rabbis, and Presidents to explore a 4-session workshop on Jewish Executive Management skills and tool building facilitated by David Liebschutz, slated to begin in February. For nomination or participation information, please contact KB Goodkin.


Federation is thrilled to be able to offer free coaching to each of our partners/staff. If you or a staffer is looking to advance a project, goal or career and wants some coaching, feel free to reach out to KB and let’s set up a session!

Women’s Table:

Join Women’s Philanthropy as we partner with the Engagement Department to bring some incredible Women Only opportunities inside the Federation building in 2016/17! Women’s Self-defense, Jewish Yoga, Women in the bible, and a new Women’s Professional Network are all part and parcel of this incredible new initiative!

Lunch and Learns:

As a CEP partner, you will receive notifications throughout the year of FREE work¬shops presented by scholars, experts, and Jewish Pro’s from outside our local community usually called “CEP Executive Breakfast/ Lunch and Learn.”.Any member of your staff/board may participate at no cost to you.

Trainings, workshops and lectures:

If your organization isn’t sure yet of the kinds of tools your board, staff, and lay leaders need, using already built workshops and tailoring them to specific needs for each department is an easy start.

More new initiatives in 2017:

  • Interfaith couples/family learning and events
  • Jews of Color programming
  • Single Parents Network
  • JBaby in partnership with Jewish Family Services
  • LGBTQA Families programming
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