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1:00pm - 2:30pm ET

Workshop Series 1


Altered Weddings, Zoom Baby Namings and Social Distance Funerals: Reinterpreting Ritual During COVID

Lifecycle events are all about connection. They are typically a time of communal support, love and understanding. Ritual leaders have had to think deeply about the essence of ritual to find new ways of making it meaningful during physical distancing. We’ll look at some of the most successful experiments and consider the future of ritual and lifecycles.


  • Stephanie Goldfarb

    Chicago City Director, Honeymoon Israel

  • Rabbi Leora Kaye

    Director of Program, Union for Reform Judaism

  • Rabbi Esther Lederman

    Director, Congregational Innovation, Union for Reform Judaism

  • Jodi Bromberg

    Chief Executive Officer, 18Doors


A New Kind of Trust: Unprecedented Collaboration in Unprecedented Times

Even before COVID, communal agencies were working toward deeper collaboration. The urgent needs of the pandemic have encouraged organizations to find efficiencies and magnify their impact by blending their strengths. How do these collaborations work, and how will this era of partnership fundamentally change the landscape of Jewish life?


  • Barry Finestone

    President and CEO, Jim Joseph Foundation

  • Felicia Herman

    Director, JCRIF Aligned Grant Program; Executive Director, The Natan Fund

  • Aliza Mazor

    Chief Field-Building Officer, UpStart

  • Alan Scher

    Associate Executive Director, Program, 14th St Y

  • Brian D. Siegel

    Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Community Center of Metropolitan Detroit

  • Yair Szlak

    Chief Executive Officer, Federation CJA

FRD lessons learned - COVID

2020­–A Catalyst for Reimagining Fundraising Practices

Jewish communal organizations grapple with a global pandemic as the world of philanthropy continues to be shaped by extraordinary forces. Explore compelling questions and spotlight beta-tested 21st Century practices. Leave with your call-to-action: how might your organization leverage these complex times to reimagine and harness the potential of its fundraising practices?


  • Andrea B. Wasserman

    President, ABW Partners

  • Bonnie Reiter-Lehrer

    Chief Marketing and Communications Officer, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

  • Abbey Feinberg

    Annual Campaign Director, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

  • Mimi Klimberg

    Chief Technology and Analytics Officer, Greater Miami Jewish Federation

  • Rabbi Ari Witkin

    Director of Leadership Development, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

From Casablanca to Dubai: Jewish Communities in Far-Reaching Places

Visit the far-flung Jewish communities of the Arab world and go behind the headlines to hear local Jewish voices and stories, including an insider update on the United Arab Emirates, which is home to the first new Jewish community established in the Arab world in decades. Learn from the JDC about their work with these communities and be sure to stay until the end for a special cultural treat!


  • Betsy Sheerr

    JDC Board Member

  • Sam Amiel

    JDC Program Director for Europe, Africa & Asia

  • Jessica Katz

    2019 JDC Ralph I. Goldman Fellow

Israeli Knesset

The View from Israel: Should World Jewry Have a Voice?

How much say should we have in internal Israeli affairs? What sort of responsibility does Israel have to support Jewish communities around the world? Various proposals have been made over the years to give global Jewry a stronger voice in Israel and during the global pandemic the idea was floated for the government of Israel to extend a helping hand to Jewish communities in distress. Israeli lawmakers and GA participants will engage in a dialogue about how much influence Jews outside of Israel should have on Israeli policy.


  • David Butler

    Chair, Jewish Federations of North America Israel & Overseas Committee

  • Member of Knesset Merav Michaeli

  • Member of Knesset Tehilla Freedman

  • Member of Knesset Michal Cotler-Wunsh

  • Eric Fingerhut

    CEO and President, Jewish Federations of North America

  • Omer Yankelevich

    Minister of Diaspora Affairs

General human services

Delivering Human Services Around the World: Federation/Agency Partnership Models

Throughout the global Jewish community, the pandemic has intensified a diverse range of critical needs from food insecurity to unemployment to anxiety. This session will showcase collaborative planning efforts to mobilize resources of Jewish Federations and human service agencies.


  • Reuben Rotman

    President and CEO, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

  • Perry Ohren

    CEO, Jewish Family Service of Metro Detroit

  • Todd Krieger

    Senior Planning Director, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

  • Danielle Hartman

    CEO, Ruth Rales Jewish Family Services, Boca Raton

  • Dana Vizner

    PChief Planning Officer, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County

  • Linda Burger

    Jewish Family Service, Houston

  • Jessica Segal

    Chief Strategy and Planning Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Houston

  • Yossi Heyman

    CEO, JDC-Israel, Eshel Division

3:00pm - 4:30pm ET

Workshop Series 2


When Peers Are Everything: Supporting Teens through the Pandemic

Developmental experts tell us that teens need to separate from their parents and learn from interactions with their peers. How can that happen when they are quarantined with their families? Some Jewish organizations have rapidly responded with successful online and hybrid initiatives that give isolated teens a sense of self-worth and purpose.


  • Drew Fidler

    Director, BBYO Center for Adolescent Wellness

  • Jaimie Krass

    National Director of Youth Programs, Keshet

  • Sara Allen

    Executive Director, Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative

  • Alex Roth-Kahn

    Managing Director, Caring Department, UJA-Federation of New York

  • Brett Lubarsky

    Director, Jewish Teen Initiative, Combined Jewish Philanthropies

  • Rabbi Daniel Brenner

    Chief of Education, Moving Traditions


When There Are No Answers: Jewish Wisdom and Living in Uncertainty

This is not the first time the Jewish people have found themselves in a precarious situation. We'll turn to the wisdom of Jewish sources, including Torah and Talmud and modern midrash and poetry, to ask: How do we live with and lead in a moment of great uncertainty?


  • Rabbi Avi Strasberg

    Director of National Learning Initiatives, Hadar

Climate change

The Post-COVID Climate Challenge

The climate crisis is arguably the most pressing issue of our time. We’ll sketch out a coherent and achievable path forward that Jewish Federations and organizations can use to tackle the challenges and opportunities of climate change—over the next two years, ten years, and beyond.


  • Alon Tal

    Professor, Tel Aviv University

  • Nigel Savage

    President and CEO, Hazon

  • Anna Dubey

    leader, Hazon's Jewish Youth Climate Movement

  • Hannah Henza

    Director, National Programs, Hazon

  • Jakir Manela

    CEO, Pearlstone Center

  • Sue Salinger

    Executive Director, Ekar Farm

  • Yoshi Silverstein

    Founder and Executive Director, Mitsui Collective

  • Kari Alterman

    Program Director for Jewish Life, William Davidson Foundation

FRD trends

Imagining the Future of Philanthropy

What will philanthropy look like in the years to come? How will the trends of today influence how we give and ask for funds in the future? Hear the predictions of a wide variety of donors - across age, race, geography, gender, and philanthropic capacity and the reflections of top philanthropic leaders. Together, we will look at the question - in what ways will the future of giving be like the past or present, and in what ways will new realities emerge?


  • Liz Fisher

    Executive Director, Amplifier@JFNA

  • Kathy Reich

    Director, Building Institutions and Networks (BUILD)

  • Rachel Sumekh

    Founder & CEO of Swipe Out Hunger

  • Dylan Tatz

    Executive Vice President of the Newton and Rochelle Becker Charitable Trust

  • Jennifer Weinstock

    Senior Vice President of Philanthropy and Combined Jewish Philanthropies


Global Pandemic, Local Security: Ensuring Safety and Security in the Age of COVID

Over the last three years, as historic increases in anti-Semitic incidents and violence have targeted Jewish communities, Federations have increased their efforts to develop effective safety and security programs. Our communities have come together to share information, develop policies and procedures, train, and respond. This session will discuss the current threat environment and how to build a best-practice security program to address it.


  • Harold Gernsbacher

    Chair & President, Secure Community Network Board of Directors

COVID research

COVID and the Jewish Community: Research and Action

Informed by data from a Pew Research Center national study and a Brandeis University Jewish community study of ten Jewish Federations, we’ll examine the economic and health impacts of the COVID pandemic on American Jews. Jewish Federation professionals will discuss how they have used the Brandeis study in their communities.


  • Laurence Kotler-Berkowitz

    Senior Director, Research and Analysis, Jewish Federations of North America and Director, Berman Jewish Data Bank

  • Alan Cooperman

    Director of Religion Research, Pew Research Center

  • Becky Alper

    Senior Researcher, Pew Research Center

  • Janet Krasner Aronson

    Associate Director, Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, Brandeis University

  • Sabrina Townsend

    Assistant Vice President, Evaluation and Quality Improvement, Jewish United Fund

  • Ilana Horwitz

    Post-doctoral Fellow, Stanford University

  • Brian Gralnick

    Director, Social Responsibility, Jewish Federation of Greater Philadelphia

5:30pm - 6:30pm ET

Women's Gathering

Gather together with women from around the world as Pati Jinich, Jewish-Mexican chef and host of the popular James Beard Award winning and Emmy-nominated PBS series Pati’s Mexican Table, invites us into her kitchen for a fun and delicious interactive cooking segment. Open to All Female Philanthropists

Get the recipes and shopping list here.

6:00pm - 6:45pm ET

National Young Leadership Cabinet Reception

Join together with current and alumni Cabinet members + young leaders from around the world at a very special gathering featuring a celebration of good health and great leadership. Learn to make an award-winning seasonal cocktail, and meet Peloton’s very first, and most popular cycling instructor, Jenn Sherman. Hosted by Cabinet for its members, alumni and all young adults who want to understand how Peloton creates community and changes lives – just like Federation.

7:00pm - 8:30pm ET

Federation Together Plenary

The past six months have been the most critical period for Federations in decades. As our communities shut down, our responsibilities grew exponentially. Federation was built for this moment.

By leading and collaborating, by caring for those who needed help and by inspiring those who could offer help, Federations stepped up and supported their communities in unprecedented ways.

And now we’re calling all Federations — 146 Federations strong — to come together to pay tribute to the incredible work of the last six months and set the course for our shared future.

Federation Together will be a time for those who play a role in ensuring the success of Federations locally and at large to come together, unite, celebrate and plan for our flourishing Jewish future.

Please look out for your personalized, non-transferable invitation and registration code which will also allow you to register for other events at our virtual General Assembly — coming soon!

Suzanne Barton Grant, Chair, Federation Together Plenary


  • Aliza Kline

    Co-Founder and CEO of Onetable

  • Ann Pava

    Board Member, The Jewish Federations of North America

  • Ari Ackerman

    National Young Leadership Co-Chair

  • Dena Boronkay Rashes

    Community Leader and Board Member of the American Joint Distribution Committee

  • Eric D. Fingerhut

    President and CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

  • Erika Rudin-Luria

    President, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

  • Ezra S. Shanken

    Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Greater Vancouver, in conversation with 2020 Changemaker Fellows Brit Finney, Emma Duhamel, Max Harris

  • Governor Asa Hutchinson, Arkansas

  • Governor Gretchen Whitmer, Michigan

  • Isaac Herzog, Chairman of the Executive

    The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Marisa Polin

    National Young Leadership Co-Chair

  • Mark Wilf

    Chair, The Jewish Federations of North America

  • Priya Parker

    Author, Facilitator, Strategic Advisor

  • Professor Robert Putnam

    Malkin Research Professor of Public Policy at Harvard University & Author

  • Rabbi Angela Warnick Buchdahl

    Senior Rabbi, Central Synagogue

  • Suzanne B. Grant

    Chair, Federation Together

8:30pm - 9:30pm ET

Changemakers Event

Join fellow Changemakers for a party after the Federation Together Plenary! We’ll dance, we’ll drink, we’ll eat — what more can we ask for! We’ll have a cocktail/mocktail workshop and a baking demo breakout to mix and mingle, with our world class DJ keeping us upbeat throughout. Open to Changemakers only.

11:00am - 12:30pm ET

Workshop Series 3


Reaching Out, Even While Distanced: Jewish Engagement during COVID

When COVID hit and in-person events were cancelled, the world pivoted to virtual programming. The key to successful engagement, we found, is not just translating our programs online but rethinking them. What models of engagement have worked best? What have we learned, and how can we apply those lessons in a post-COVID world?


  • Wendy Verba

    Managing Director, Community Impact; Jewish Community Federation and Endowment Fund

  • Julie Finkelstein

    Senior Director, Program Strategy and Innovation, Foundation for Jewish Camp

  • Mimi Kravetz

    Chief Experience Officer, Hillel International

  • Jared Isaacson

    Jared Isaacson, Executive Director of Cleveland Hillel

  • Debbi Cooper

    Director of Engagement, PJ Library

Mental health

We Are Not OK: Supporting Mental Health During a Long-Term Crisis

The pandemic has created a mass mental health crisis, from acute disorders to chronic distress. While Jewish organizations that specialize in mental health have stepped in, some engagement organizations have pivoted to develop new responses. We’ll look at OneTable’s research on 20-somethings, explore Shabbat as a mental health resource, and hear more from experts across Jewish communal life about what you can do locally.


  • Rabbi Lisa Goldstein


  • Talia Levanon

    Executive Director, Israel Trauma Coalition

  • Emily Zussman Associate

    Director of People and Field Operations, OneTable

  • Dr. Naomi L. Baum

    Psychologist and trauma and resilience consultant

  • Sarit Wishnevski

    Associate Director of Community Partnerships, OneTable


Power of Legacy: Planned Giving’s Role in Mobilizing Crisis Response and Securing the Future

In moments of crisis like the one we are experiencing now, planned gifts provide essential resources to help us meet urgent needs. Placing a high priority on securing legacy gifts to ensure that our communities remain strong, inclusive and safe for generations to come is paramount. Learn more about a new legacy giving initiative, the Jewish Future Pledge from its founders and senior lay leaders and hear how planned giving resources enabled communities to mobilize in response to COVID from leaders in our Federation system.


  • Mike Leven

    Co-Founder, Jewish Future Pledge

  • Mark Silberman

    Board Chair, Jewish Future Pledge

  • Julie Platt

    Board Secretary, JFNA and Advisory Board Member, Jewish Future Pledge

  • Michael Balaban

    CEO, Jewish Federation of Broward County

  • Michael Friedman

    Senior Vice President, Philanthropic Planning and Services, The Associated

  • Laura Linder

    President and CEO, Jewish Community Partners

  • Elisa Palter

    Fisher Flight alumna


  • David Brown

    National Campaign Chair, JFNA

Holocaust survivors

Ingenuity, Innovation and Inspiration: Tools for Meeting the Needs of Holocaust Survivors

Keeping Holocaust survivors safe when we can’t offer traditional services is a crucial COVID challenge. Hear how Jewish Federations and partners are rising to the challenge to reshape and fund social services for a post-COVID world.


  • Shelley Rood Wernick

    Managing Director, Center for Advancing Holocaust Survivor Care, The Jewish Federations of North America

  • Reuben D. Rotman

    President and CEO, Network of Jewish Human Service Agencies

  • Leah Buchbinder

    Assistant Director, Community Program Development, Jewish United Fund of Chicago

  • Carly Bruski

    LMSW, Director, Holocaust Survivor Support Program, Jewish Family and Children's Service of Greater Philadelphia

  • Miriam Weiner

    Assistant Executive Vice President North America/Director of Allocations, Conference on Jewish Material Claims Against Germany (Claims Conference)

  • Staci Barber

    Co-chair, JFNA National Holocaust Survivor Initiative

  • Amy Israel Pregulman

    Executive Director and Co-Founder, KAVOD-Ensuring Dignity for Holocaust Survivors

  • Talia Kaplan

    Executive Director, Seed the Dream Foundation

Overseas infrastructure

Safeguarding and Preserving the Infrastructure of Global Jewish Communities

Federation donors and dollars have been supporting Jewish communities across the globe for decades. And even a pandemic hasn’t broken this commitment. The work and longstanding relationships Federation partners The Jewish Agency for Israel, JDC, and World ORT have developed over time made it possible for them to respond to COVID challenges nimbly, introducing creative new initiatives, and creating a lifeline for struggling communities. Hear from across the globe from those on the ground.


  • Mark Sisisky

    President, JDC Board of Directors

  • Dan Green

    Director General and CEO, World ORT

  • Amira Ahronoviz

    Director General and CEO, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Ari Messer

    Mexico City Shaliach, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Rina Edelstein

    Associate Vice President, Global Programs, Jewish Federations of North America

  • Avrom Krengel

    Chair, South African Zionist Federation

  • Mikhail (Misha) Libkin

    Director, ORT Russia

  • Dani Maknouz

    School teacher and ORT Representative, Milan

  • Ari Messer

    Senior Representative of the Jewish Agency to Mexico


Engaging in Jewish Advocacy During a Pandemic

How can we advance Jewish communal policy priorities in the COVID era? Volunteers and professionals will come together to share advocacy tools and tricks that work in a virtual world (and those that don't).


  • David Golder

    Chair, Domestic Policy and Government Affairs Council , Jewish Federations of North America

  • Elana Broitman

    Senior Vice President for Public Affairs, Jewish Federations of North Americas

  • Louisa Chafee

    Senior Vice President for External Relations and Public Policy, UJA Federation New York

  • Amy Kaplan

    Vice President for External Affairs and Director of Government Relations, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

  • Steven Woolf

    Senior Tax Counsel, Jewish Federations of North America

  • Shimon Fogel

    President & CEO, The Centre for Israel and Jewish Affairs (Canada)

Leadership in crisis

A Crisis Like We've Never Seen: Leading Organizations from Radical Uncertainty

In most emergencies, we can learn from others who have lived through similar events. But in responding to COVID, we are all acting without a playbook. How do we lead without experience, without example and without knowing what’s coming? Dutch Leonard, an expert in crisis leadership from Harvard’s Kennedy School, shares his team’s research on crisis management.


  • Rabbi Jay Moses

    Vice President, The Wexner Foundation

  • Herman B. "Dutch" Leonard

    George F. Baker, Jr. Professor of Public Management, Harvard Kennedy School; Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration, Harvard Business School

  • Jodi Schwartz

    Vice Chair, Board of Trustees, Jewish Federations of North America

1:30pm - 3:00pm ET

Jewish Together Plenary

Come Together for the Jewish Together Experience

Never have all our communities been so challenged, all at once and on every front. And never have we come together so successfully to collaborate on solutions. What lessons have we learned? What problems have we yet to solve? What opportunities lay ahead for the organized Jewish community?

During this time, our Jewish institutions came together. We mobilized hundreds of millions of philanthropic and public dollars. We created opportunities for our children and young adults to lead and serve in new ways. We helped families and professionals in need. We celebrated Jewish life in innovative ways and we held each other close through personal loss and trauma.

It’s time to come together once again — all of us — to reflect, learn and prepare for what lies ahead. Jewish Together, a special plenary of the first ever virtual General Assembly of the North American Jewish community, will be that opportunity. We hope you’ll join us.

Julie Platt, Chair, Jewish Together Plenary

Speakers & Performers

  • Duvid Swirsky

    Singer Songwriter and Co-Founder of Moshav and Distant Cousins

  • Eric D. Fingerhut

    President and CEO, The Jewish Federations of North America

  • His Excellency the President of the State of Israel Reuven (Ruvi) Rivlin

  • Idan Raichel

    Producer, Artist and Musician

  • Isaac Herzog

    Chairman of the Executive, The Jewish Agency for Israel

  • Jay Sanderson

    President & CEO of The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles

  • Julie Platt

    Chair, Jewish Together

  • Lisa Eisen

    Co-President, Charles and Lynn Schusterman Family Foundation

  • Mark Wilf

    Chair, The Jewish Federations of North America

  • Neshama Carlebach

    Singer & Songwriter

  • Paula Pretlow

    Independent Board Director, and Trustee, Harry & Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

  • Rabbi Elliot J. Cosgrove

    Senior Rabbi, Park Avenue Synagogue

  • The Maccabeats, Musical Group

3:30pm - 5:00pm ET

Workshop Series 4

Scenario planning

Planning Ahead When We Can't Know What's Coming

Many Jewish organizations have used scenario planning as a tool for thinking through and preparing for a fundamentally uncertain future. Learn from their experiences, understand how they are using the tools locally and nationally, and hear more from a leader in the field about ongoing planning in an ongoing crisis.


  • Nikki Weinstein

    Director, Community Assessment and Planning, Jewish Federation of St. Louis

  • Karen Sher

    Vice President, Community Engagement, Jewish Federation of St. Louis

  • Kyla Schneider

    Senior Consultant, Ratliff and Taylor

  • Carl Josehart

    Chief Operating Officer, Jewish Family Service, Houston

  • Matt Ranen

    Strategy and Scenario Planning Consultant

  • Amy Lavin

    Chief Executive Officer, Stroum Jewish Community Center, Seattle


Jewish Learning Online: Personal, Deep, Meaningful and Distant

Jewish learning at its best is often relational and personal—characteristics that are hard to achieve virtually. Yet some organizations have succeeded in helping people develop their Jewish selves, expand what they know and how they think, and deepen their commitment. What does the best online Jewish learning look like? Hear from those who have succeeded in making it work.


  • Joel Abramovitz

    Senior Family Educator, The Kitchen

  • Miriam Abramovitch

    Director, Center for Jewish Engagement and Learning, Buffalo Jewish Federation

  • Roey Kruvi

    Senior Director, Immersive Experiences, Moishe House

  • Rabbi Ana Bonheim

    Director, The Open Dor Project, Moishe House

  • Rabbi Ana Bonheim

    Chief Operating Officer, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools

  • Daniel Weiss

    Head of School, Bornblum Jewish Community School

  • Elissa Maier

    Chief Operating Officer, Prizmah: Center for Jewish Day Schools

Israel Experiences

What Happens to Israel Travel Programs Without Travel to Israel?

With borders closed and trips postponed, many educational travel programs have identified new tools and approaches to bring North American Jewry closer to Israel and Israelis. Others are using this time to plan so they can take off quickly when the skies reopen. Hear from program providers and Federations about what's working now and what's ahead.


  • Ofer Gutman

    Acting CEO Masa Israel

  • John Lowenstein

    Masa Israel Journey Fellow

  • Ilan Wagner

    CEO and President, Onward Israel

  • Yoni Kaiser-Blueth

    Program Director, The Marcus Foundation, Inc.

  • Simon Amiel

    Executive Director, RootOne

  • Lauren Cohen-Fisher

    Assoc. Director of Israel Education, Hillel International

  • Peter Eckstein

    Director, Jewish Education & Israel Engagement

  • Carly Jacobson

    Director, Teen Engagement

  • Dr. Rachel Fish

    Executive Director, Foundation to Combat anti-Semitism

  • Elizabeth Sokolsky

    Executive Director, Birthright Israel North America

  • Emily Briskman

    Assistant Vice President, Campus Affairs/ Executive Director, JUF’s Israel Education Center

  • Elizabeth Wisotzki

    2020 Onward Israel Remote participant

Racial Justice

Racial Justice and the Changing Face of American Jewry

As racial justice has drawn global attention anew this year, unprecedented attention and focus is being directed to equity, diversity and inclusion in organized Jewish life. Now more than ever, our Jewish tradition compels us to welcome all members of our own community and stand up for the oppressed. As individuals and institutions, how can we strengthen our efforts to address racial injustice in the 21st century?


  • Rabbi Isaiah Rothstein

    Rabbinic Scholar and Public Affairs Advisor, Jewish Federations of North America

  • Cheryl Cook

    CEO, Avodah

  • Nate Looney

    Manager of Racial Justice Initiatives, Avodah

  • April Baskin

    CEO, Joyous Justice

  • Simone Knego

    Author, The Extraordinary, Unordinary You

  • Maharat Rori Picker Neiss

    Executive Director, JCRC of St. Louis

  • David Heller

    Chair of the Board, Jewish Federation of Cleveland

  • Margaret Mitchell

    President and CEO, YWCA of Greater Cleveland


Compassion fatigue

To Give You a Heart of Flesh: Jewish Responses to Compassion Fatigue

With 200,000+ dead in the United States from COVID-19 and the continued breakdown of civility, experience three learned scholars WHO help us restore our concern and empathy.


  • Rabbi Leon Morris

    President, Pardes Institute of Jewish Studies

  • Tamar Rabinowitz

    Dean of Jewish Studies and Hebrew, Jewish Community High School of the Bay

  • Rabbi Mike Uram

    Executive Director and Campus Rabbi, University of Pennsylvania Hillel


More Urgent Than Ever: Confronting Jewish Poverty in the COVID Era

In this “fireside chat,” the CEO of Tipping Point, an NGO that combats poverty in the Bay Area of Northern California, will discuss the organization’s community-based anti-poverty efforts with a senior professional at Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston. The session will cover both organizations’ responses to COVID-19 and provide lessons for local Jewish communities as they build anti-poverty initiatives.


  • Rabbi Andrew Kastner

    Vice President for Jewish Life, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

  • Sarah Abramson

    Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact, Combined Jewish Philanthropies of Greater Boston

  • Sam Cobbs

    CEO, Tipping Point


Disability Support and Inclusion in the Age of Social Distancing

At higher risk of COVID-19 infection, individuals with disabilities are becoming increasingly isolated. Learn how communal networks and organizations are rising to the challenge of supporting this population.


  • Emily Grabelsky

    Disability Committee Co-Chair, Jewish Federations of North America

  • Matt Keller

    Disability Co-Chair, Jewish Federations of North America

  • Dr. Timothy Shriver

    Chairman, Special Olympics

  • Michelle Hirsch

    Member, JFNA Disability Committee Member and Past Co-Chair, JFNA National Young Leader Cabinet

  • Terri Bonoff

    CEO, Jewish Family and Children's Services Atlanta

  • Jay Spector

    President and CEO, JEVS Human Services

  • Carly Goodman

    Manager, Community Inclusion, Federation CJA of Montreal

  • John Gutierrez

    Deputy Director of Veteran Services, JVS SoCal

  • Dori Kirshner

    Executive Director, Matan

6:30pm - 7:30pm ET

Major Donors Event

These have been unprecedented times. As major donors, your endless generosity and commitment continues to help steer our communities forward, both locally and around the world, and for that, we thank you. Please join us for a special opportunity following JFNA’s GA Jewish Together plenary, on Monday, October 26th at 6:30 pm eastern.

The plenary will feature renowned political scientist, author and former Harvard Professor, Robert Putnam, and you are invited to an exclusive conversation with Putnam to further unpack his message in a more intimate setting and ask your questions. This is a unique chance to dig deeper, learn closely from a world renowned thinker and leave inspired as Putnam focuses on his new book “The Upswing: How America Came Together a Century Ago and How We Can Do It Again.”


  • Open to those donors who give a minimum gift of $10,000 to their local Federations 2020/2021 Campaign or have established a permanent endowment of $200,000 with the local Federation or Jewish Community Foundation. Your eligibility will be reviewed with your local Federation. Once confirmed, you will be provided a password to access the event on the day of.

11:00-5:00 PM ET

FedLab Tracks

Please Note: FedLab is a by invitation-only experience. If you are attending FedLab and need help accessing your track, reach out to your local Federation or Contact us.

Building an Inclusive Leadership Pipeline

How can we take concrete steps to ensure that Jews of Color are drawn into and advanced through our lay and professional leadership structures? This track will provide a foundation in the history and issues related to inclusion of Jews of Color, and explore tools, best practices and frameworks for engagement strategies related to both lay and professional roles.

Who Should Come

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Owning the Center in Polarized Times

How can we maintain the delicate balance as our efforts to advance racial justice, to combat antisemitism, and to address our communal security concerns intersect? How can Federations seek to widen the middle ground that holds our communities together, while addressing the complex issues facing us in this highly polarized environment?

Who Should Come

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Jewish Family Engagement In and Beyond the COVID Era

How can we ensure that COVID-19 doesn’t result in greater barriers to Jewish family engagement and leverage what we are learning about new strategies and modalities to propel even greater engagement in Jewish life and community?

Who Should Come

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Building Community Action Plans to Address Poverty

The COVID-19 crisis has magnified existing challenges related to poverty. What are the concrete steps we can take at the community level to address the acute crisis and tackle systemic challenges?

Who Should Come

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If I Forget Thee: Maintaining Connection with Israel Through the COVID Crisis

How can Federations maintain and even expand connections with Israel and her people even when most of us can’t get on planes to go there? What strategies and tools can we develop and scale to sustain and deepen ties with Israel now, and to prepare for when travel reopens?

Who Should Come

  • Lay and professional leadership from Federations and local agency/organizational partners working on Israel travel and partnership programs, Israel education programs, and other Israel engagement programming at the community level; and funding partners including Israeli Government representatives. (Note: representatives from global agency and program partners and from the Government of Israel will also be invited to participate.)

    Looking for information on joining live? Reach out to your local Federation or Contact us