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ELS JTalks 2016

Jtalks-logoSimilar to TED talks, JTalks are compelling and inspiring presentations given by talented executives in the JCC field.

Deepening Community Engagement

Ivy Harlev, Executive Director of the Siegel JCC

Ivy Harlev describes ways the JCC creates connections and builds community, welcoming individuals and organizations, to blend and intermingle within the eruv* of the JCC.
*a boundary that allows observant Jews to carry needed things in public on Shabbat.


Swimming Upstream

Marc Fisher, CEO of the Mayerson JCC

Marc Fisher identifies various roles JCC executives play in community building. He reframes when it is appropriate to lead, support or promote—recognizing that “rising tides lift all boats.”


Small-Town Hospitality: It’s All About Relationships

Lael Gray, Executive Director of the Asheville JCC

Lael Gray shares how the Asheville JCC collaborates and develops programs with other organizations to welcome and embrace every newcomer and member of the 2,500-person Jewish community—including families with young children, and the 50 percent who are over 50.


Principles of Jewish Engagement

Joel Dinkin, Executive Vice President of the Evelyn Rubenstein Jewish Community Center of Houston

Joel Dinkin outlines his core values and guiding principles for JCC CEOs in their roles as Chief Engagement Officers.


Thinking Outside the Box: Innovation in Community Engagement

Bill Kaplan, Executive Director of the Shalom Institute

Bill Kaplan and the Shalom Institute are community conveners, partnering with 70 to 80 organizations under the “Big Jewish Tent” to ensure the Jewish future.