Conference Presenters



DEEP DIVES


ABBY FIFER MANDELL - Human Design Thinking


Abby will facilitate three sessions on ‘Introduction to Human-Centered Design for Community Leaders.’ Human-Centered Design (aka Design thinking) has become an incredibly popular framework for problem-solving in spiritual communities, classrooms, and boardrooms. More than just a philosophy, the methodology begins with deep user empathy and iterates towards more collaborative, creative, and long-lasting solutions. We will learn why leading organizations are incorporating the tools of human-centered design into their work and learn how to bring elements of design thinking to your own congregations.


GENERAL SESSION 1 - TUESDAY, December 1 - (1 p.m. to 2 p.m. and 2:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST)


Key Note: Human Design Thinking - Deep Dive Part 1 and Part 2

Key Note: Human Design Thinking - Deep Dive Part 1 and Part 2


GENERAL SESSION 2 - THURSDAY, December 3 - (12 p.m. to 1 p.m. EST)

Key Note: Human Design Thinking - Deep Dive Part 3

 

 

JOEL BROCKNER - Leading Change in Turbulent Times

Watch Joel discuss his work around change management in this clip.

Sometimes your employees embrace change, more often they probably resist it. These deep dive sessions discuss the factors that lead your employees to respond one way rather than the other to change. The focus will be on those factors that are under your control. In other words, how you plan and implement change goes a long way towards determining whether your employees will embrace versus resist change. In this session, you will learn an overarching conceptual model for effective change management, and you will also learn specific Best Practices examples of the model. Notably, you will be encouraged to think about these ideas in relation to issues that you are facing in your own organizations.


GENERAL SESSION 3 - MONDAY, December 7 - (3:30 p.m. to 5 p.m. EST)

Key Note: Leading Change in Turbulent Times - Deep Dive Part 1


GENERAL SESSION 4 - WEDNESDAY, December 9 - (2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. EST)

Key Note: Leading Change in Turbulent Times - Deep Dive Part 2


WORKSHOPS

TUESDAY, December 1 & MONDAY, December 7


BETSY S. STONE

Check out this recent article that Betsy wrote for Jewish Philanthropy: “Endless Fatigue. Give Yourself a Break.”

Leadership in Times of Crisis

What has the past 9 months done to our bodies and our psyches? How can we help people while we ourselves are suffering? Join Psychologist and HUC-JIR lecturer Dr. Betsy Stone to explore trauma and its impact on us, our families and our workplaces.

Trauma, Brains and Bodies

What has the past 9 months done to our bodies and our psyches? How can we help people while we ourselves are suffering? Join Psychologist and HUC-JIR lecturer Dr. Betsy Stone to explore trauma and its impact on us, our families and our workplaces.


ELLEN FRANKLIN, SUSAN ZEMSKY & BRIAN RISSINGER

E.D. 101 Breakout Rooms

You've got questions and issues regarding administrating a synagogue. ED 101 offers you a time to ask questions and get guidance from your fellow seasoned Executive Directors.

Membership Renewal
Fundraising
Working with the Rabbi
Small, medium, large congregations

 

DEB KIRSCH & FRIENDS

Maintaining Community in this New Normal

Staying sustainable. Lessons learned from Covid to integrate into the future (about membership and engagement)

 

ANN ROSENFELD

Fundraising in the Covid-19 Era

Description to come

 

WORKSHOPS

THURSDAY, December 3 & WEDNESDAY, December 9


JULIE LAMBERT and RABBI ESTHER L. LEDERMAN

After the Lockdown: Building a Hybrid Engagement Model

We feel disrupted now because we are uncomfortable and unsettled, and we are grieving so much of what we’ve lost to the pandemic. But we have not truly created deep and meaningful change if we are contemplating a choice to go back to the way things were – and the world will not let us. We cannot resist the forces of change that have accelerated turning a “hybrid world” into a permanent state. We must choose to lead change and build back stronger. To help you in these efforts, the URJ has created our COVID-19 Reflection Tool for congregational leadership. In this session we will explore the tool and its components and consider ways you can use this process with your congregational leadership teams.


MICHAEL KANCHER, MARC JACOBSON, JACK FELDMAN & GENN KELLY


Budget: Responding to External Changes

Explore best principles for building sustainable budgets for the future.

 

DEB KIRSCH & FRIENDS

Maintaining Community in this New Normal

Staying sustainable. Lessons learned from Covid to integrate into the future (about membership and engagement)

 

URJ

Keeping Lay Leaders & Volunteers Engaged and Informed

Description to come