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Episode 19: Andres Spokoiny, Jewish Funders Network – October 15th, 2017

Andrés Spokoiny, President and CEO, is a long-time Jewish communal leader with a history of leading successful organizational transformations. The CEO of Federation CJA in Montreal from 2009–2011, he helped fundamentally change the Federation’s operations and its relationship with the community.

In Montreal, as a young, ‘out of the box’ Federation executive, he spearheaded a new branding strategy and initiated and developed innovative community programs that are now being used as models across North America.

Before joining the Federation, Andrés worked for the American Jewish Joint Distribution Committee (JDC) in Paris. As Regional Director for Northeast Europe, he was responsible for a number of pan-European projects, leading programs in the areas of Welfare, Leadership Development, Jewish Renewal, Education, Community Development, and Outreach, and building coalitions with local and international organizations, public and private.

Contact Andres:

andres [at] jfunders.org
www.jfunders.org
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Podcast Episode:

Andrés Spokoiny discusses how he views the institutional changes we are experiencing as a community, working with philanthropists, and advice for all Jewish organizations when dealing with funders.  

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Episode 18: Laura Fish, Federation CJA – October 1st, 2017

Laura FishLaura Fish is an executive leader with a unique combination of non-profit management experience, legal training and communication skills. Laura is currently the Chief Strategy and Planning Officer at Federation CJA in Montreal, Quebec where she focuses on identifying, measuring and resourcing communal priorities for impact.

Since joining Federation CJA almost five years ago, Laura has developed and implemented a new strategy for the allocation of over $18 million in community funds. She works with multiple stakeholders to identify community needs in the context of an ongoing large scale capital campaign, and leads community building strategy and investment for Montreal, including a satellite facility in the greater Montreal area and projects in Israel.

Laura’s strategic and clear communication style is reflected in her day to day work as well as her writing. Laura has published several articles drawing from her experience in non-profit management and aimed at sharing her expertise with others in the field.

Prior to joining Federation CJA, Laura worked at Ogilvy Renault/Norton Rose Canada (now Norton Rose Fulbright), where she practiced Tax Law and then spent over a decade working with the management team on various projects including successfully driving the integration of Ogilvy Renault into the Norton Rose global structure.

A native Montréaler, Laura entered the McGill Faculty of Law National Programme with a Wainright Entrance Scholarship and completed the program with honours, earning both her Bachelor of Civil Law and Bachelor of Common Law. She received her Bachelor of Arts, magna cum laude, in political science from Tufts University.

Laura lives in Montreal, Quebec with her husband and two children.

Contact Laura:

laura.fish [at] federationcja.org
www.federationcja.org

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Podcast Episode:

Laura Fish, Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, discusses her experience bringing change to her organization and the dynamic of being a Canadian professional in the North American focused network.

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SAT Math Workbook

Ryan Ofman, a high school senior, has developed a new workbook for students studying for the SAT Math exam. Ryan created exercises to help students better understand how to take the test. He is now looking to partner with the Jewish community to provide workbooks to those who may not be able to afford it.

For more information about Ryan’s project, visit  ryanofman-mathematics.com.

Episode 17: 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.

Podcast Partner:

SAT Math Workbook

Ryan Ofman, a high school senior, has developed a new workbook for students studying for the SAT Math exam. Ryan created exercises to help students better understand how to take the test. He is now looking to partner with the Jewish community to provide workbooks to those who may not be able to afford it.

For more information about Ryan’s project, visit  ryanofman-mathematics.com.

Podcast Partner 02: Ryan Ofman, SAT Math Workbook

ryan-ofman-vs-math-1It’s Who You Know! is happy to welcome our newest partner, Ryan Ofman.

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 16: 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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We work with individuals to sharpen their skills in fundraising, board development, organizational leadership and capacity building. www.nonprofitlearninglab.org

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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 15: 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

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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 Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and develops individuals seeking to lead the nonprofit sector.
We work with individuals to sharpen their skills in fundraising, board development, organizational leadership and capacity building. www.nonprofitlearninglab.org

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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 14: 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 Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and develops individuals seeking to lead the nonprofit sector.
We work with individuals to sharpen their skills in fundraising, board development, organizational leadership and capacity building. www.nonprofitlearninglab.org

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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 13: 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 12: 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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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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The Nonprofit Learning Lab (NLL) is a national nonprofit that connects, supports and develops individuals seeking to lead the nonprofit sector.

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