Lay Leadership and Professional Staff Development

Regional Staff Training Conferences

JCC Association is the place to turn for training staff at all levels. From New Professional’s Orientations to Executive Director Leadership Seminars, JCC Association has it all.

Regional Conferences offered throughout the year bring staff together to learn on a variety of topics. Half day and full day workshops on specific topics such as Supervision, Customer Service, Internal Communications offer staff the opportunity to enhance their skills and gain valuable connections to their colleagues in the field.

View the Professional Development Calendar to see upcoming training opportunities.


October 2013

Title: Financial Resource Development Seminar

Date: October 7 – 9, 2013

What: In Person

Trainers: Various

Target: FRD Professionals, Executive Directors, Assistant Executive Directors, Board Chairs

Fee: Free


Description: This two day seminar will be open to all Development Department Professionals, Executive Directors, Assistant Executives and Board Chairs and is the first of number seminars to take place within the USA. The objective is to enhance and strengthen the skill sets and the relationships of the JCC fund raising teams to better achieve their fundraising goals.




Title: Kivunim 2013 Seminar

Date: October 20 -22, 2013

What: In Person

Where: JCC Association, New York NY

Trainers: Janet S. Elam & David Ackerman

Target: Participants in the 2013 Kivunim program

Fee: Free


Title: JCC New ECE Director Seminar

Date: October 21 -22, 2013

What: In Person

Where: JCC Association, New York NY

Trainers: Mark Horowitz & Alison Pepper

Target: ECE Directors with 2 years or less

Fee: $100


Description: We are pleased to announce that we are once again offering our intensive 2-day seminar for NEW early childhood education program directors who have been at the JCC for 2 years or less. Participants in previous years have let us know that this conference has been invaluable in helping them get off to a great start. We invite you to utilize the resources of the JCC Association to set your new Early Childhood Education director on the path to success.



November 2013

Title: JCC Staff Professional Development Day in Southern California

Date: November 19, 2013 – 10 am – 3 pm pacific

What: In Person

Where: Merage JCC of Orange County, Irvine CA

Trainers: Joy Brand-Richardson & Brian Soileau

Target: All JCC Staff

Fee: $15


Description: Join us for this training opportunity to learn how engaging members and customers can boost your bottom line. This interactive workshop will include discussion on the importance of Teamwork, Internal Communication, Customer Service and Cross Departmental Collaboration. Open to all JCC staff at all levels, our time together will provide you with the tools, knowledge, resources, and time to network with colleagues to maximize the impact and profitability of your JCC.



Title: JCC Day @ ABC

Date: November 20, 2013

What: In Person

Where: San Diego Convention Center

Trainers: Joy Brand-Richardson, Steve Becker & Brian Soileau

Target: Anyone planning to attend ABC

Fee: $299


Description: JCC Day at Athletic Business Conference is a great way for you and your staff to meet with JCC Association staff and staff from JCCs around the United States and Canada, be trained on the latest tactics to enhance your member experience and increase member retention, and meet with Preferred Vendors who have the latest equipment and programming options for your fitness, sports, and aquatics departments. Whether you are an experienced JCC professional, or new to the field, you will truly benefit from the educational and networking opportunities available at this one day training.


All staff will receive CEUs for JCC Day (additional charge if you want CEUs from ABC also), be automatically registered for both JCC Day and the Athletic Business Conference, and it will only cost $299. That’s $140 off the cost of ABC alone!


December 2013

Title: New Day Camp Directors Training Workshop

Date: Monday & Tuesday, December 9 & 10, 2013

What: In Person

Where: JCC Association, New York NY

Trainers: Jodi Sperling & Shara Perlman

Target: Day Camp Directors who have been in the field for less than 3 years

Fee: Free


Description: What does excellence look like in Jewish day camp?

Join us for this exciting new training opportunity to learn how to create a meaningful and engaging day camp that will position you as THE day camp to be at this summer in your community! Open to all day camp directors who have been in their role for three years or less, this intensive workshop will provide you with the tools, knowledge, resources, and network of colleagues to maximize the impact and profitability of your camp.



Title: The Jewish Coaching Academy’s New York 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™

Date: Monday, December 9, 2013

What: In Person

Where: JCC Association, New York NY

Trainers: Deborah Grayson Riegel, MyJewishCoach

Target: Executive Directors/Assistant Executive Directors

Fee: $695


Description: The Jewish Coaching Academy’s 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ is a 12-hour coach training program, which combines live, instructor-led facilitation with individualized feedback on coaching skills. While this course is designed for executives, managers and seasoned lay leaders of non-profit Jewish organizations, it can benefit anyone who is interested in learning core coaching skills for their work and life.


The Jewish Coaching Academy’s 5/5/5 Coaching Skills Training Program™ draws from the most advanced knowledge-base in the coaching field and is translated into a simple, intuitive and highly transferable framework for busy professionals and leaders, while infusing the learning with the Jewish values that undergird our work and lives.




January 2014

Title: Gathering of Arts & Culture Professionals

Date: Tuesday, January 14 from 12 pm – 5 pm

What: In Person

Where: JCC Association, New York NY

Trainers: Randy Lutterman

Target: JCC Arts & Culture Staff

Fee: Free


Description: Save the date for our Second Annual Gathering of Arts and Culture Professionals at the JCC Association which will take place following the closing of the APAP Conference in New York City, on Tuesday January 14th, 2014.


Last year over 40 Arts and Culture Professionals gathered in our office for a day of focused resource sharing, with larger sessions and smaller break-out sessions (which were curated with your input), as well as plenty of time for meeting and casual catch ups.  This year, we will again gather together to discuss topics that are important to you.

Registration: Coming Soon


Title: Kivunim – A New Executive Directors Seminar

Date: Thursday January 23 – Sunday January 26, 2014

What: In Person

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Trainers: David Ackerman & Janet S. Elam

Target: JCC Executive Directors with less than 2 years

Fee: Free, but you must attend the 2014 Executive Leadership Seminars


Description: The JCC Association Mandel Center for Jewish Education and our Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership and Management are collaborating to host a special seminar for first-time JCC executives, who have been in their position for two years or less. It will conclude in time for you to join your colleagues at the Executive Leadership Seminar.  The seminar is designed to increase your understanding of Jewish life and learning, and will use the shared Shabbat experience to help contribute to your identification of your role as a Jewish educator and  JCC Executive Director, as well as provide an opportunity to strengthen your collegial network.



Title: Executive Leadership Seminar 2014

Date: Sunday, January 26 – Thursday, January 30, 2014

What: In Person Training

Where: DoubleTree by Hilton Palm Beach Gardens, Palm Beach Gardens, FL

Trainer: Various

Target: JCC Executive Directors

Fee: $825, plus transportation and hotel


Description: Great leaders attract top staff and lay leaders and create the culture of performance your JCC needs.  Galvanize your leadership skills and be ready to meet the challenges of today’s economy and the changing Jewish communal world. JCC Association’s Executive Leadership Seminars provide numerous avenues for enhancing the qualities of dynamic leadership in you.



February & March 2014

Title: TAG* Seminars for JCC Camp and Youth Programs

Locations and Dates:

Atlanta: Thursday, February 13, 2014 (Marcus JCC of Atlanta)

New York City: Tuesday, February 25, 2014 (JCC Association Offices, Manhattan)

San Francisco Bay Area: Thursday, February 27, 2014 (Peninsula JCC, Foster City)

New York City: Tuesday, March 4, 2014 (JCC Association Offices, Manhattan)

Chicago: Thursday, March 6, 2014 (Mayer Kaplan JCC, Skokie)

What: In-person seminar

Time: 9am – 4pm

Trainers: Mandel Center for Jewish Education

Target: JCC Camp and/or Youth Staff and Jewish Educators

Fee: Free


Note: To support your camp/JCC’s participation in a regional TAG seminar, a reimbursement of up to $400 is available for transportation and hotel, where necessary.


Description:  See and interact with the new TAG materials for summer 2014 – including our unit on diversity – so you can bring them back to your particular setting. Learn from and with Mandel Center for Jewish Education trainers and other JCC camp/youth professionals for this interactive day.


*TAG: Jewish Values through JCC Camping® is a curricular initiative designed to help JCC campers and staff explore issues of daily living through a Jewish lens. TAG develops discrete Jewish content and programming units for day and resident camps, finding ways to integrate Jewish life, experience, and values into the fabric of camp. (TAG has also been effective in afterschool and other youth programming.) Each initiative has drama, discussion, games, art, music, storytelling, and Jewish text study components.

Registration information will be forthcoming.


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