ProCon 2021 FAQs
What is ProCon?
ProCon is shorthand for the JCCs of North America Professional Conference. Newly reimagined in the age of COVID-19, ProCon is the exclusive professional development gathering of the JCC Movement in North America, bringing together JCC (Jewish Community Centers and Jewish Community Camps) professionals from every sphere and specialty in the JCC world to appreciate this moment, look back at the challenges of the last year, and gear up for the future and the opportunities it promises. This year, we’re also pleased to include our colleagues from JCC Global and Israel.
Why should I attend ProCon?
Throughout the conference—in opening and closing JCC Movement Moments, Peer Communities, and Build Your Own (BYO) Experiences—attendees will hear from inspiring keynote speakers and participate in highly interactive workshops and other specially designed activities. Most important, by leveraging the collective knowledge and know-how within the JCC workforce, ProCon lets individuals learn from one another by crowdsourcing information, expertise, ideas, and solutions for JCCs across the continent.
Refreshed and recharged, conference attendees return home (or turn off their computers) with new tools, perspectives, and resources, as well as renewed connections to colleagues, peers, and the JCC Movement—all of which help them build and sustain ever-stronger Jewish communities across the continent.
When and where will ProCon 2021 be held?
ProCon will be held from April 27-29, 2021 as a fully online gathering of JCC professionals from across North America.
Who should attend?
JCC professionals from all cohorts of the movement are invited to join the conference, which is designed exclusively to meet the needs of Jewish community professionals working within JCCs.
What is the cost to attend?
This year, JCC Association is offering ProCon to all JCC professionals at no cost to individuals or their JCCs. Therefore, we look forward to large numbers of attendees, each of whom will benefit greatly from attending the conference.
How can I register?
Registration is now open. Every attendee is required to register individually and will receive a dedicated web link to the conference when it launches. If you are a JCC professional, you can click the register now button to register for the conference.
Once I register, can I share my login information?
No, as noted above, we ask that attendees register individually and use the dedicated web link they will receive for the conference.
What’s the schedule for ProCon?
The majority of conference events and sessions will be scheduled from 12-5:30 p.m. EDT, with breaks built-in throughout the day. Keep an eye out for a detailed schedule that will be posted as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, you can look forward to ProCon 2021’s JCC Movement Moments; Peer Community tracks; opportunities to network and share ideas with colleagues during Build Your Own (BYO) Experience offerings; virtual vendor booths; and more! Once you register, you’ll be able to choose the specific sessions you wish to attend and build your own, unique, ProCon schedule.
What kinds of sessions can I expect to experience?
The ProCon 2021 schedule has been designed to offer a diverse menu of participation opportunities to professionals from across the JCC Movement. Recognizing that attendees at a virtual gathering are in different time zones and to maximize opportunity for participation despite busy work schedules, the program is primarily spread out over three consecutive half days. We invite JCC professionals to join for the program in its entirety, including selecting a Peer Learning Community option, and also welcome those who are unable to participate in the full schedule to “Build their own” experience (BYO) and find sessions and opportunities that will be most meaningful to their own professional development.
JCC Movement Moments
Much like plenaries, Movement Moments will offer opportunities for JCC professionals across the field to join together for the opening and closing sessions of the conference. Each one will provide a chance for all of us— regardless of our position or peer cohort community—to hear from important thought leaders and engage with them and others around new ideas and broad topics—and what they mean for us when it comes to advancing and enriching North American Jewish life. Movement Moments will bring us together to celebrate our collective achievements and a vision for the future of the JCC Movement.
Peer Communities will offer participants the opportunity to learn and connect within their own JCC professional peer cohorts. We recognize that some JCC professionals will identify with multiple communities. We recommend for the purpose of this ProCon 2021 that you select one ‘home base’ peer cohort. You will be able and welcome to attend a session in a different Peer cohort should you choose to. Recordings will also be available after the live sessions, should anyone wish to experience additional Peer Learning Community sessions.
Build Your Own Experience (BYO)
BYO sessions are a diverse offering of opportunities that JCC professionals can choose to join as their schedules allow. In addition to the Peer Learning Communities, participants can enhance their ProCon 2021 experience through a variety of BYO additional opportunities to learn, network, and share through these various options. These BYO experiences are as follows:
On Wednesday and Thursday, start with 15-minutes dedicated to setting your intentions and bringing your whole self to an energizing day at ProCon2021. After a quick welcome, you’ll choose to join one of a few breakout rooms, where you’ll have the opportunity to meditate, move your body, journal, or let your creative juices flow in other ways.
In these electives, participants can enhance their professional skills and knowledge and explore topics and ideas beyond those addressed in Peer Community sessions. Enrichment Electives provide a variety of options for participants to build their own ProCon experience either as individual learning opportunities or within themes within the electives. These sessions are meant to strengthen your professional portfolio—providing opportunities for personal professional development, tools to build and support your team within your JCC, and offer programmatic resources from our partner organizations within the JCC Movement and beyond.
There are more than 30 options on themes of personal wellness, Jewish learning, revenue generation, Israel engagement, family engagement, supervision, staff culture, leadership, diversity and inclusion, workplace equity, community engagement, social justice and much more.
JCC Excellence Showcase
Join us in diverse, engaging sessions and learn from colleagues in the JCC field about how to replicate and/or collaborate successfully on excellent programs and initiatives at your JCC. These dynamic sessions will showcase excellence in programs, attracting and retaining best staff, visionary management, and marketing methods.
Thinking about the next steps in your career? Struggling with a difficult work issue? Curious to learn more about a work-related topic? Speak with a Trusted Advisor who can help you explore and navigate your query. Trusted advisors may be senior JCC professionals, JCC Association staff, or other experienced professionals. All sessions are 30 or 60 minutes, one-on-one, and confidential. Spaces are limited and registration will be filled on a first come, first served basis. Begin your sign up during the ProCon registration process. For more information, please email firstname.lastname@example.org.
JCC Cares and Repair the World: Virtual Service Opportunities
Join us on Tuesday afternoon for a unique JCC Cares experience. Led by Repair the World and its Serve the Movement initiative, we will come together to support seniors, many of whom are suffering acute isolation as a result of the pandemic. In partnership with Repair the World and the Neighbor Network, a New York City-based organization, we will make calls to pre-screen seniors for a program that will match them with volunteers for weekly conversations. Part of our time will be learning, part will be doing (the act of service), and part will be reflecting together on the service.
Join us on Wednesday afternoon to connect with fellow JCC colleagues from across the continent through JCafé, our virtual coffee lounge. JCafé is the place for low-pressure, casual conversation among JCC professionals beyond your peer communities and a great place to recap your day and bond with someone new.
Visit our vendors in their “virtual booths,” attend a presentation, or arrange one-on-one appointments to learn more.
Is it possible to attend only one day of the conference?
Yes, however, each day will offer new speakers and learning opportunities that you won’t want to miss. If you can attend only one day, please confirm with your Peer Cohort Leader how you should manage the continuity of your conference experience. Beyond the Peer Cohort sessions (one beforehand and two during the conference), all other offerings are designed so you can build your own experience—whether you attend all or some of them each day.
What sponsorship and vendor opportunities will ProCon offer?
For information about sponsorship and vendor opportunities, contact Annette McCann, director of development.
For all other ProCon questions, email ProCon2021@jcca.org.