Episode 017: Rabbi Josh Weinberg, Association of Reform Zionists of America (ARZA) – September 17th, 2017

Untitled presentationRabbi Josh Weinberg is the President of ARZA, the Association of Reform Zionists of America.  He was ordained from the HUC-JIR Israeli Rabbinic Program in Jerusalem, and currently lives in New York.  Josh previously served as the Director of the Israel program for the Reconstructionist Rabbinical College and as a faculty member of NFTY-EIE High School in Israel teaching Jewish History. Josh is a reserve officer in the IDF spokesperson’s unit, has hiked the Israel National Trail, and came on Aliyah to Israel in 2003.

Originally from Chicago, he has a B.A. from the University of Wisconsin in Hebrew Literature, Political Science and International Relations, and studied for an M.A. at the Hebrew University in Jewish Education.

Josh has taught and lectured widely throughout Israel, the U.S. and Europe, as well as on the Kivunim and Shnat Netzer gap-year programs.  He has led numerous tours and trained tour educators for the Reform movement’s Israel experiences. In addition to being a Storahtelling “Mayven,” Josh has a passion for the environment and spends lots of time outdoors hiking and climbing, playing music and volleyball. Josh is passionate about anything connected to Israel and hopes to strengthen the connection between the Reform movement and the Jewish State. He is married to Mara Sheftel Getz, and is the proud abba of Noa, Ella and Mia.

Contact Josh:

jrweinberg [at] arza.org
www.arza.org

Podcast Episode:

Rabbi Josh Weinberg discusses his passion for Israel and ways to help Jewish professionals grapple with this controversial topic.

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This high school senior created a new tool to help students study the right things to get a great score on the SAT Math. He is now looking to partner with Jewish organizations to distribute his new book, SAT Math Workbook, to those who might not be able to afford to purchase it. To find out more about Ryan look out for our bonus episode coming soon!

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Episode 016: Ruthie Warshenbrot, Wexner Foundation – September 3rd, 2017

RuthieRuthie Warshenbrot is a Program Director at The Wexner Foundation, leading the development and implementation of the new Wexner Field Fellowship (in partnership with the Jim Joseph Foundation), along with several other initiatives at The Wexner Foundation.

Ruthie grew up in Charlotte, NC and graduated from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. in Psychology and a minor in Jewish Studies. She received her Masters in Public Administration (MPA) from the Robert F. Wagner School of Public Service at NYU and her MA in Hebrew and Judaic Studies through the NYU Wagner/Skirball dual degree program as a Wexner Graduate Fellow/Davidson Scholar and a Lisa Goldberg Fellow in Jewish Professional Leadership.

While at NYU, Ruthie worked as a Jewish Service-Learning Manager at Repair the World and as a Program Leader for Bend the Arc’s Jewish service-learning trips. She also participated in a Jewish service-learning delegation to Senegal with American Jewish World Service. She worked with a group of NYU alumni on the first ever Jewish Communal Professional Survey. Prior to graduate school, Ruthie worked for Limmud NY for five years, with the final two as the organization’s Executive Director. She is the recipient of the 2009 Jewish Communal Service Association’s Young Professional Award. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Yale Glinter and serves on the Planning & Community Investments Committee at the Jewish Federation of Columbus.

Contact Ruthie:

rwarshenbrot [at] wexner.net
www.wexnerfoundation.org

Podcast Episode:

Ruthie Warshenbrot discusses her work with the Wexner Field Fellowship and the impact that programs like this have on Jewish professional development.

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The Wexner Field Fellowship is now accepting pre-applications through September 6th. You can find more information on their website: www.wexnerfoundation.org

Episode 015: Rabbi Dan Judson, Hebrew College – August 20th, 2017

Rabbi Dan JudsonRabbi Dan Judson is the Associate Dean of Professional Development and Placement at The Hebrew College Rabbinical School where he teaches history, oversees the professional development program, and serves as the placement director for the rabbinical school. He received his doctorate in Jewish history from Brandeis University where his research focused on the history of American synagogue finances. His book, Pennies for Heaven: A History of American Synagogues and Money, will be published next year. Dan served on the national faculty of the Union for Reform Judaism, consulting to synagogues across the country on financial matters. His research on synagogues which have eliminated dues was featured in The New York Times, The Boston Globe, NPR, The New York Jewish Week, and Reform Judaism Magazine. He was also the Rabbi of Temple Beth David in Canton, MA for 10 years and co-authored a number of books on Jewish rituals for Jewish Lights Publishing, including: The Rituals and Practices of a Jewish Life: A Handbook for Personal Spiritual Renewal and The Jewish Pregnancy Book: A Resource for the Soul, Body and Mind During Pregnancy, Birth and the First Three Months.

Rabbi Judson is conducting a study under the auspices of UJA Federation of New York on those synagogues which have eliminated dues. It is a follow up to a study he wrote in 2014 which garnered a good deal of attention from synagogues interested in changing their funding models.

Contact Rabbi Judson:

djudson [at] hebrewcollege.edu

Hebrew College Faculty Page

Connections, Cultivation and Commitment: New Insights on Voluntary Dues

Podcast Episode:

Rabbi Dan Judson discusses the history of finances and the model of voluntary dues contributions in synagogues.

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The Wexner Field Fellowship is now accepting pre-applications through September 6th. You can find more information on their website: www.wexnerfoundation.org

Episode 014: Stefanie Rhodes, Slingshot Fund– August 6th, 2017

Stefanie RhodesStefanie Rhodes is the Executive Director for the Slingshot Fund and has spent the last 12 years working in Jewish philanthropy. Most recently, she ran the Annual Fund at the JCC Manhattan where she started the first JCC Giving Circle to benefit JCC programs. She also spent 9 years working at the Jewish Funders Network, where she ran the Younger Funders programing and was the founding Director of the Foundation Professionals program. Stefanie is excited to be marrying her passion for community building, innovation and Jewish life in her role as Executive Director of Slingshot.

Stefanie holds a BA in Journalism and a Certificate in Jewish Studies from Indiana University. She also has a Certificate in Jewish Philanthropy from Yeshiva University. She is married to Hue, and together they have two spunky and wonderful children.

Contact Stefanie:

stefanie [at] slingshotfund.org
(646) 838-2148
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Podcast Episode:

Stefanie Rhodes discusses the history and purpose behind the annual Slingshot Guide and the impact of this work on the larger Jewish innovation sector.

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The Wexner Field Fellowship is now accepting pre-applications through September 6th. You can find more information on their website: www.wexnerfoundation.org

Episode 013: Bob Goldfarb, Jewish Creativity International– July 23rd, 2017

Bob GoldfarbBob Goldfarb is president of Jewish Creativity International, a nonprofit that works with Jewish arts and culture projects. He has long experience in media including public radio, the recording industry, and newspaper publishing. Bob is a member of the Jewish Center synagogue in Manhattan, writes book reviews for the Jewish Book Council, serves as a mentor for PresenTense, and is the men’s davening coordinator for the independent minyan Darkhei Noam.

Previously Bob worked in media management in radio, the music industry, and music publishing. He grew up in Connecticut, and has lived in Boston, Seattle, Los Angeles, and Jerusalem. He now lives in New York.

Contact Bob:

bob [at] jewishcreativity.org
www.jewishcreativity.org

Podcast Episode:

Bob Goldfarb discusses the evolution and shifting nature of Jewish arts and cultural engagement.

It’s Who You Know! The Podcast is fiscally sponsored by Jewish Creativity International.

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Episode 012: Miriam Chilton, URJ Youth – July 9th, 2017

Miriam Chilton, Vice President/Youth, has worked at the URJ for the past nine years in a variety of functions.  Most recently she served as Director of Strategy, Finance and Operations for Youth, Camp and Israel Programs. Prior to joining the URJ, Miriam worked in the corporate world for over 20 years. She worked at Time, Inc. where she led operational and development teams to improve magazine production and design by creating new operational models.  Before Time, Inc., Miriam worked in financial services at SCB Warburg (now UBS) where she was responsible for establishing and running a regional technology support organization that insured efficient and effective delivery of service to corporate and investment bankers. Miriam has a Master of Arts in Business Administration and Master of Science in Information Systems from Boston University and a Bachelor of Arts, Political Science from Ithaca College.

Miriam came to the URJ after serving eight years on her Temple board. She realized to affect the kind of change she wanted to see in the world she needed to apply her skills and talents in the Jewish communal world. She is still an active member of Temple Ner Tamid, Bloomfield, NJ.

Contact Miriam:

mchilton [at] urj.org
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Podcast Episode:

Miriam Chilton discusses her experience working with a variety of teen based youth programs for the Reform Movement as well as what it was like becoming a Jewish professional.

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Episode 011: Mark Gurvis, The Jewish Federations of North America – June 25th, 2017

Mark_Gurvis-0010Mark Gurvis joined The Jewish Federations of North America as its Executive Vice President in September 2013.

Mark has spent much of his life serving the Jewish people, leading initiatives in key communities across North America. In nearly 12 years as CEO of the Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, he spurred major growth in the Federation’s annual fundraising, from $4.2 million to $7.6 million, despite challenging economic times. During his tenure, the community’s endowment fund also climbed steeply, from $13 million to $34 million. At the same time, Gurvis modernized the Federation’s communications, broadened outreach to young Jews and families and raised Vancouver’s profile in Canada. The Federation’s ties to Israel and the global Jewish community also deepened under Gurvis, strengthening its partnership with the Upper Galilee Panhandle.

Before leading the Vancouver community, Mark was vice president/assistant director of the Jewish Federation of Cleveland. He directed their strategic planning process that resulted in a redesign of social planning and research. He also initiated the planning for a multi-project capital campaign for the Federation’s centennial.

Previously, as managing director of the Jewish Education Center of Cleveland, Gurvis coordinated a merger that created the new agency, and spearheaded a funding campaign that raised a $10 million Fund for the Jewish Future.

Mark earned a Bachelor of Arts degree from the State University of New York at Albany, a Master of Arts degree in Jewish Community Service from Hebrew Union College and a Master of Social Work degree from the University of Southern California.

Contact Mark:

Mark.Gurvis@jewishfederations.org
www.jewishfederations.org

Podcast Episode:

Mark Gurvis discusses his lifelong work within the Federation system and his outlook on the future of these institutions.

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Episode 010: Abby Saloma, Schusterman Family Foundation – June 11th, 2017

Abby Saloma HeadshotAbby Saloma is the Senior Program Officer for the Schusterman Family Foundation. Abby believes that individual change drives organizational change and that leaders are at their best when they are leading from “the inside out.” As a Senior Program Officer, Abby oversees the Schusterman Family Foundation’s leadership initiatives – including its flagship Schusterman Fellowship program – designed to develop and support leaders who are leading change in the Jewish sector and beyond.

Abby brings to the Foundation a breadth and depth of experience from the for-profit, non-profit, Jewish and secular sectors. Abby was the Senior Director of Marketing and Communications for BBYO, the world’s leading pluralistic Jewish teen movement, aspiring to involve more Jewish teens in more meaningful Jewish experiences. During Abby’s five-year tenure with BBYO, she led an effort to re-brand the 85-year-old organization, making it relevant to today’s teens and resulting in a near doubling of teen involvement.

Following BBYO, Abby assumed the Executive Director role at Street Sense, a DC-based non-profit organization which works to empower the homeless through a newspaper that educates the public about issues of homelessness and poverty.

Abby holds a bachelor’s degree from The Pennsylvania State University and a master’s degree in Media and Public Affairs from The George Washington University. Abby received her Leadership Coaching certification from Georgetown University’s Institute for Transformational Leadership. Abby lives in DC with her husband and their two sons. In her free time, Abby enjoys teaching and practicing yoga.

Contact Abby:

asaloma [at] schusterman.org
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Podcast Episode:

Abby Saloma discusses her work with the Schusterman Fellowship, why it was created, the impact it has had so far, and what the program hopes to accomplish in the coming years.

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Episode 009: Rabbi Sid Schwarz, Kenissa – May 28th, 2017

Rabbi Sid Schwarz

Rabbi Sid Schwarz is a social entrepreneur, author and teacher. He created and directs the Clergy Leadership Incubator (CLI), a program that trains rabbis to be visionary spiritual leaders. He also created and directs the Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network which is building the capacity of emerging spiritual communities across the country.

Sid founded and led PANIM: The Institute for Jewish Leadership and Values for 21 years. He is also the founding rabbi of Adat Shalom Reconstructionist Congregation in Bethesda, MD where he continues to teach and lead services. Dr. Schwarz holds a Ph.D. in Jewish history and is the author of two groundbreaking books–Finding a Spiritual Home: How a New Generation of Jews Can Transform the American Synagogue (Jewish Lights, 2000) and Judaism and Justice: The Jewish Passion to Repair the World (Jewish Lights, 2006).

Sid was awarded the prestigious Covenant Award for his pioneering work in the field of Jewish education and was named by Newsweek as one of the 50 most influential rabbis in North America. Sid’s latest book is Jewish Megatrends: Charting the Course of the American Jewish Future (Jewish Lights, 2013).

Contact Rabbi Sid Schwarz:

rabbisid2@gmail.com
www.rabbisid.org
www.kenissa.org

Introducing the Kenissa Network: A 21st Century Pathway into Jewish Life

Podcast Episode:

Rabbi Sid Schwarz discusses his new project, Kenissa: Communities of Meaning Network, which brings leaders of boutique Jewish organizations together in community.

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