The LAB: Center for Learning And Belonging

Jewish Federation's deep dive into collaborative innovation, engagement, and education.

The LAB Sessions 

Intended to be experienced as teams, we are hoping the LAB Sessions will offer our partner organizations insight into themes and tools for each of our institutions and program to share, build, and grow.  Much like our past engagement summits, each of the LAB Sessions will feature an outstanding professional from around the Jewish field.  All participants will have to opportunity to learn as groups of 2-5 from sponsoring organization and will have time to work within the session as their team and with the wider group. Ten sessions will be offered, each team does not need to be the same for each session. Example: a topic may pertain to a membership committee but not to a finance committee, then those committee members should participate.  The only exception being the preference to ensure there is one consistent staffer or layperson who attends all 10 sessions to ensure consistency across the course.  All sessions will be 7-9 PM, AS THE WORLD and the tech allow, in-person, with kosher dinner at 6:30 PM, and some hybrid model if needed. Cost is $180 to the sponsoring partner organization regardless of number of sessions attended or people from each org participating. 

January 9, February 13, March 13, April 10, May 8, June 12, July 10, August 14, September 11, October 9

Featured Themes:  Asking, Sustaining, Welcoming, Inclusion, History, Culture, Surveying, Building, and Belonging

Featured Facilitators: Gather Inc, JEDI Field initiative, Amplifier, Leket, 18Doors, JQ International, Rabbi Mike Moskowitz, and many more.





The LAB’s Communal Lay Leadership “Onboarding” 

Sign your new lay leaders up here to learn about the roles and responsibilities of a board member in our community.

Monday, May 15 or 22, 7- 8:30 PM at Federation (no charge). Facilitated by David Liebschutz.




The LAB’s Executive Leadership

For clergy and professional staff leading our local organizations, this seminar will explore our roles as agents of change and sources of stability. Using proven tools and methodologies, David will guide us through managing real world challenges and triumphs we face within our organizations and how we can surmount them.  Cost is $50/participant with kosher lunch for all three sessions.

Wednesdays, February 15, March 8, April 19, 12-1:30 PM, facilitated by David Liebschutz.




 For more information about The LAB, contact:

KB Goodkin

(518) 783-7800 ext. 222


Learning Programs for Partners

We provide workshops presented by scholars, experts, and Jewish professionals from outside our local community. Any member of a local congregation or agency's staff/board may participate.

Trainings, workshops, and lectures

If you or 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. Jewish Federation will be happy to provide these workshops for your organization!

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Four adults actively engaged in a Yesod class at Jewish Federation of Northeastern New York
Three local Rabbis with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz
A group of people at a Lunch & Learn event