Conference Presenters (Chicago, 2019)
GENERAL SESSION 1 - SUNDAY, December 8
Key Note: What We Are All Up Against?
As a network of Temple leaders, we come to this convening with unique perspectives on the issues we care about and are committed to addressing. Years of research on American culture shows that the causes we champion and the challenges in front of us have more in common than we might think. While it feels like the ground is moving beneath us, there is an enduring set of cultural myths that challenge our efforts to engage audiences, build support, and achieve the societal change we seek. These myths are deep and durable, but because they challenge all of our work, there is power in working collectively to address them through the messages we create and the stories we tell. This session will examine the nature of these cultural obstacles, the ways in which they inhibit audience engagement and action, and what we can do to collectively confront them. Veteran communicator and storyteller, Shaun Adamec, will examine these cultural models by revealing the research, illustrating real life examples of where they have stopped good work in its tracks, and highlighting evidence-based message frames that can give rise to new ways of communicating about our work.
GENERAL SESSION 2 SUNDAY, December 8
Keynote: A Culture of Safety and Respect
While preventing harassment is critical, creating respectful and safe workplaces and congregations is the standard we should all aspire to. In this session we will discuss the reasons to set high standards for organizational culture and discuss unique challenges and approaches to addressing congregational dynamics. The session will present best practices for policies, learning, communications and codes of conduct aspiring to temples where everyone feels safe and respected.
GENERAL SESSION 3 - MONDAY, December 9
RABBI ELLEN WEINBERG DREYFUS
Keynote: Gender Dynamics in Our Communities
The chair of the CCAR Task Force on the Experience of Women in the Rabbinate will discuss the work of the Task Force, the background of what brought us to this moment in the subject of gender in the Jewish community, and thoughts on moving forward to change the culture of the Reform Movement toward more equality and justice.
GENERAL SESSION 4 - MONDAY, December 9
Keynote: The power of self care and limit setting
As the pace of work only intensifies, it's also only getting more difficult to find time to take care of ourselves. Conflicting and demanding priorities leaving us all feeling that ever present confidence-eroding sense of not-enough-ness, and this reality isn't looking to change for the better anytime soon. Couple this with the age old tendency to feel too busy to deal with these challenges, to muscle through with "I'll just handle it!" and to continue to overwork, and it's a recipe for a pressure cooker of resentment, burn out & field exodus. As work only get busier, the skills to navigate smarter and with your wellness at the center are vitally essential, and Shoshanna will speak directly on why self-care and limit setting is an actual advanced career skill set and how to take it on.
GENERAL SESSION 5 - TUESDAY, December 10
REV. SUE PHILLIPS & CASPER ter KUILE
Keynote: The future of membership and belonging
We’ve all seen the trends toward greater disaffiliation and reduced attendance at religious services of all kinds. But this data only tells part of a richer story, that is in truth rife with possibilities for expanding our vision and strategies for membership and belonging. We’ll share trends, but more importantly we’ll uncover strategic options for synagogues to engage folks across the so-called “secular” divide.
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GENERAL SESSION 6 - TUESDAY, December 10
Keynote: The Changing Jewish Organizational Landscape
Explore how new models of leadership, membership, and partnership are changing the landscape of Jewish Organizations and the future of our organizational structure.
WORKSHOPS - SUNDAY, December 8 - 10 a.m. - 11 a.m.
Using Grants to Create New Realities
In the session, Using Grants to Create New Realities, we will explore participants' grant experiences, learn new skills for finding and writing grants, and work in small groups to develop goals and strategies for grant proposals. The presenter will offer strategies for finding the "right fit" for synagogue project and funders, and strategies for writing strong proposals that document need and ensure success. Speaker Bio
It isn't enough just to be right. That can be a frustrating truth when it comes crisis communications. This workshop will examine everything you need to know when anticipating an attack on your organization's reputation, when in the midst of an unexpected attack, or when living in fear that the next one may come. Speaker Bio
Protective Strategies for Houses of Worship
A Security Consultant's Guide to Practical Steps Every Temple Can and Should Take
Whether your budget is small or large or somewhere in between, there are practical steps every congregation can take to make their facility a safer place. This will be an interactive discussion where we explore the myriad of options available to synagogues of all sizes in any setting.
WORKSHOPS - MONDAY, December 9 - 10 a.m. to 11 a.m.
RHONDA ABRAMS & BEN WACHSTEIN
He Said/She Said/They Said - Power & #MeToo
We've all had professional moments where we are caught off guard by someone's inappropriate comment or action, either toward us or to someone else. This session will explore the power dynamics at play in the wake of #MeToo, and how we can all be stronger advocates and allies for ourselves and our colleagues. Speaker Bio
CAROLINE DORN & ELLIE GOLDMAN
What's a Transgender? Everything you ever wanted to know about inclusion but were afraid to ask.
Beyond warm & welcoming, learn strategies to create spaces and community where everyone feels like their needs were anticipated.
RABBI ARI HART
Is Judaism Political? Is it Partisan?
How should synagogues position themselves in these fraught, polarized times? How can we be relevant and engaged without becoming sucked in the news cycle and dividing our communities? We will study, reflect and share real life case studies about these issues that affect all Jewish communities today.
WORKSHOPS - MONDAY, December 9 - 4 p.m. - 5 p.m.
KRYSTAL GLASSMAN, MS, LPC
It's Not About Them, It's About You
Boundaries can be tricky to implement and stick to especially in certain environments where, many times, it is expected to be everything for everyone at every moment and with sometimes, little support or encouragement. So, what can be done? Join me for this informative session where you will learn about boundaries and boundary implementation.
Conquering Imposter Syndrome
If you’ve experienced self-doubt and feelings of inadequacy despite your many achievements, or you always attribute your accomplishments to luck, rather than your own hard work, you may be suffering from imposter complex – and you’re not alone. Imposter complex affects so many, and when paired with a constant pursuit of perfectionism, can leave you feeling anxious, doubting your accomplishments, and ultimately, feeling like a fraud.
Join Executive Coach Shoshanna Hecht for an interactive workshop designed to help you identify and work through your feelings of imposter complex. You’ll leave the program armed with useful coping strategies to avoid negative self-talk, and equipped with practical tools to manage these feelings in the future.
Finding Joy in Your Judaism and Avoiding Burnout
We all need a way to fill the stream that nourishes us. We will explore ways to bring the wisdom of the Jewish tradition to this challenge in small and big ways. This will be an interactive session, so be prepared to share your stories and your own wisdom.
NATA SENIOR CLASS TEACHERS
Governance - SATURDAY, December 7 1 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.
Personnel - SATURDAY, December 7 3 p.m. - 4:30 p.m.
ALIZA GOLAND, FTA