2017 Convention Workshops


8:30-10:00 a.m. and 10:15-11:45 a.m.

Introduction to Organizing and Relationship Power
Facilitator: Jeannie Appleman, JOIN for Justice
This interactive workshop will cover: how community organizing differs from service and advocacy; how we engage and relate to people out of their self-interests and build power; and how we relate to constituencies across lines of race, religion, and economic background, who are most directly impacted by the issue.

Courts Matter: You Be the Judge
Facilitators: Linda Geller-Schwartz, NCJW Florida State Policy Advocate and Caroline Ostro, NCJW Judicial Nominations Campaign Organizer
Learn how the federal court system and its judges impact our rights and all of the issues we care about. During this interactive workshop, you’ll act as a judge and decide a real-life federal court case. You’ll also learn about the judicial nominations process, the pending Supreme Court nominee, and how you can advocate effectively for a full and fair federal bench. Materials to replicate the program in your section will be provided.

What are Campaigns and their Components
Facilitator: Jeannie Appleman, JOIN for Justice
This interactive workshop will breakdown the cycle of campaigns, covering how to turn a problem into an issue; how to research for solutions; the difference between strategy and tactics. You will practice these new skills with a case study and leave with action steps. You will learn how to figure out which actions and tactics will actually move the decision-maker you’ve targeted for the campaign, particularly in light of the current, post-election context.

Get Published—How To Write And Pitch An Op-Ed
Facilitator: Ginna Green, rethink media, Managing Director, Money in Politics and Fair Courts
Learn how to craft compelling op-eds in an informative and interactive workshop. We’ll walk an op-ed from conception to placement–with a focus on writing an op-ed that works. Participants can walk away with a near-finished op-ed!

Learning & Taking Action to Become an LGBTQ Ally
Facilitator: Rebecca Stapel-Wax, SOJOURN
Rebecca Stapel-Wax from SOJOURN will lead a workshop on LGBTQ equality, including why this work is grounded in Torah, how to become an ally, and creating inclusive communities. This workshop will include a ‘101’ on sexual orientation and gender identity, and teach skills to speak out against homophobia and transphobia both in public and private while exploring the ways you can change your communities for the better.

A Fundraising Practicum: Practical, Replicable, Scalable Methods and Models
Moderator: Susan C. Levine, Chair, NCJW Finance Committee; Chair, NCJW Development Committee
Topics and Table Facilitators:

  • Events: Suzi Greenman, Executive Director, Greater Dallas Section and one other TBD
  • Sponsorship: Andrea Glickman, Executive Director, Pittsburgh Section
  • Individual Giving/Donor Cultivation: Cathy Silverman, Executive Director, Essex County Section
  • Training your Board to be involved in Fundraising: Ellen Alper, Executive Director, St. Louis Section
  • Life Member Engagement and Giving: TBD

Anti-Semitism and Racism in a New Political Reality
Facilitator: M. Dove Kent
How can we as Jews connect the dots between the rising visibility of racism and anti-Semitism? What do we need to practice to be strong allies in the fight for justice and safety for all communities? This workshop will explore the changing conditions around us, and provide information and practices to strengthen our community’s resistance to racism.


2:00-3:30 p.m. and 3:45-5:15 p.m.

Building a Culture of Civic Engagement
Facilitator: Nse Ufot
Our vote is our voice, and we must continue to be heard! Nse Ufot, Executive Director of the New Georgia Project, will lead an interactive workshop about building a culture of civic engagement year-round. Learn how to talk to people in your communities about voting and hold your elected officials accountable.

Israel: Behind the Headlines
Facilitators: Rich Walter and Ellen Nemhauser, Center for Israel Education
Conversations on Israel are often paralyzing, confusing, and very heated. With the help of the Emory connected Center for Israel Education (CIE), we will access primary documents in a dynamic interactive workshop to get behind the controversies – giving you tools and a much deeper understanding of issues like settlements, Jerusalem, and the two-state solution.

Smart Social Advertising: What Your Section Can Do on a $50 Budget
Facilitators: NCJW Communications Director Amanda Lang and Communications Associate Amanda Glickman
This workshop will teach you how to make social media ads that best serve your Section’s goals: engage new people with events and campaigns, and get those people to become members. The Communications team will break down how, with different dollar increments ($50, $100, $500), Sections can ALL achieve incredible results through custom audience targeting, eye-catching copy and graphics, and strategic tracking of ad performance. Get ready put your digital marketing hat on and have some fun! All levels of social media users are welcome.

Showcase Plus
Are you thinking about developing your section’s next great project? Want to get inspired by some of the most successful programs in the NCJW network? Then you won’t want to miss out on Showcase Plus, which will give you an inside scoop on the work being done by sections around the nation. Come hear how they identified needs in their communities, planned their response, and made a difference in the lives of women, children, and families!

Youth in Your Community
Projects concerning young people have always been a great way to get involved in your communities and drive engagement. Come hear about two sections’ most successful programs: Open Table from Cleveland, which helps support older youth aging out of foster care; and The Talk Project from Los Angeles, a peer-to-peer teen sexual violence awareness program. You’ll hear details and strategies from the people who know these projects best, and get the opportunity to ask questions that could help you bring these programs to your own section!

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