“BIG IDEAS. BOLD SOLUTIONS – The Challenges and Choices of Today’s Jewish Community Professional” is the theme of the 2012 Annual Program of the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America, convening Tuesday, June 5th at Weinberg Park Heights Jewish Community Center in Baltimore.

The Keynote Address will be delivered by Dr. Chip Edelsberg, Executive Director of the Jim Joseph Foundation of San Francisco.

On a panel following the address are Shifra Bronznick, founding President of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community; Rabbi Nina Cardin, a trailblazer in the fields of Jewish feminism, healing, liturgy and the environment, and David Cygielman, co-founder and CEO of Moishe House, which provides meaningful Jewish experiences for young adults around the world.

The gathering will also honor the service of outgoing JCSA President Jacob Solomon, President and Chief Executive Officer of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and celebrate the installation of Marc B. Terrill, President of THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, as the incoming JCDA President. Rabbi Lawrence Ziffer, Director, Center for Jewish Education of Baltimore, will deliver the D’var Torah.

In a full day devoted to innovative and engaging professional development topics, a wide variety of distinguished leaders in the field will conduct workshops and career-linked seminars for professionals on all levels during morning and afternoon sessions.

The morning sessions include The Art of the Ask, led by Vicki Agron; Strengthening Boards, Maximizing Leaders, with Audra Berg; Engage! “Like”-able Social Media, with Miriam Brosseau; Why Are You Really Here? Reconnecting with Your Passion and Purpose, presented by Clare Goldwater, and Managing Up, with Elissa Maier.

Also, Appreciative Inquiry: Shifting Your Focus from Problems to Possibilities, led by Deborah Grayson Riegel; Professional Success Factors: How to Make Sure You Shine, with Debbie Smith; Give Corporate Sponsors the Means to Really Develop New Customers: A 2012 Approach for Our Agencies to Secure and Retain Corporate and Institutional Sponsors, presented by Ken Weintraub, and Israel Advocacy on Campus and in the Community, with Geri Palast.

Afternoon sessions are Effective Fundraising in the Today’s Marketplace, with Vicki Agron; Breaking Down the Silos and Building Coalitions, led by William Daroff and Rafi Rone; 3 Basic Tools/Skills for Building Community and Weaving Networks in the Context of a Real World Case Study, presented by Naava Frank and Lara Nicolson; Evaluating Risk and Reaping Rewards, with Matt Freedman, and How to Communicate with Presence, with Sarah Gershman.

Also, Challenges and Effective Strategies for Proactive “CEO-level” Transitioning and Leadership Continuity: A Comprehensive Survey Analysis of the Broad Jewish Nonprofit Field, led by Steven Noble; Can’t Wait to Get to Work: Inspiring and Motivating Yourself and Others, inspired by Deborah Grayson Riegel; The Gift of Feedback, with Debbie Smith, and Building Your Jewish Career, led by Jacob Solomon and Marc Terrill.

For additional information and to register visit the JCSA website.

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