What’s a CYO?
CYO means Choose Your Own learning. Choose Your Own learning sessions encourage you to explore topics that challenge you! Whether they focus on a specialized area or more general topic, these 20 different sessions are geared toward an open audience. This is a great way to round out your learning based on your own interests and needs.
Listed below are the currently available CYO sessions.
Session Title: The Seven Jewish Lenses
Speaker: Kathy Pomer
Are you always seeking a way for everyone to understand the intent and implications of each decision? What if you could do so through the power of a shared language, one using Jewish lenses that harken back to centuries-old Jewish texts? The Sheva Center has begun to have great success helping early childhood centers across our network use these lenses to make daily decisions and begin visionary conversations. Join Kathy Pomer, educational director for the Sheva Center Leadership Institute, as we delve into the impact and possibilities of knowing exactly why we do what we do using seven Jewish lenses as our guide.
Session Title: Strength-Based Management
Speakers: Jordan Shenker and Sue Gelsey
What if there were a strategy that focused staff on what they do best, increased productivity, helped to achieve mission and was good for business? Well, there is. Strengths-based management lets you focus on your greatest talents, develop them and bring them to everything you do. Strengths-based management allows you to focus and develop the strengths of your staff team and what your JCC does best in the community to maximize potential. This session will offer tactics and strategies to immediately implement that will make a difference for you as a professional, for your department or for your whole agency.
Session Title: Proven Strategies for Maximizing Family Engagement from PJ Library
Speakers: Jamie Light and Tracy Newman
PJ Library’s Tracy Newman and Jamie Light will take you through the agency’s Engagement Guiding Principles to help you attract families to and retain them in your programs—and to the JCC. We’ll unpack what makes an engaging and welcoming environment, the benefits of building personal connections with and among your families, and how to reimagine parent volunteers. Participants will leave this session with strategies they can replicate across their JCC—from wellness and recreation to Jewish life and culture, from early childhood to youth and after school programming, and everywhere in between!
Session Title: Navigating Integrated Communities
Speaker: Dori Denelle
Dori Denelle, a JCC Association vice president who works with many of these communities, will explore the model of integrated communities (functional federations). This is one that works seamlessly in some communities and can be challenging in others. Bring your experience and learn how we can put best practices into place.
Session Title: JCC Maccabi 101 for Delegation Heads, Supervisors, and Anyone Interested in JCC Maccabi
Speakers: Jordan Zarin Lanczycki and Samantha Cohen
A session to participate with fellow JCC staff who have similar roles to yours. Whether you are a new or experienced Delegation Head, a JCC Maccabi program supervisor, or not yet involved in JCC Maccabi, there is a group for you! Join us and our JCC Maccabi expert facilitators from the field as we break into like-minded groups to cover topics including building successful delegations, recruitment, fundraising to support your local programs, and JCC Maccabi as a vehicle for year-round teen engagement. We will explore how to capitalize on the JCC Maccabi culture and prioritize it in your JCC. Come with your burning questions, leave with a plan!
Session Title: What Popular Culture Can Teach Us About the Israeli-Palestinian Conflict
Speaker: Chloe Valdary
Jay-Z isn’t the first thing that comes to mind when thinking about Israel, but the acclaimed rapper has a lot to say about the conflict. Using an interview with Jay-Z and other pop culture examples, we’ll break out of the usual ways we think about the Israeli-Palestinian struggles.
Session Title: Smile, No Groan-Ups Allowed
Speaker: Dr. Susan Mathieu, RTC, CTRS
You can’t be hateful and grateful at the same time. Having a good nature is the ultimate form of good humor. It isn’t about the ability to tell jokes. It’s about not taking yourself so seriously. Humor is healing and empowering. Let’s change our negative habits. Laughing about something gives you power over it, instead of it having power over you. In our session we will laugh and together find the road to happiness.
Session Title: Maximizing Budget Skills for Greater Impact
Speaker: Hilda Polanco
In this workshop, participants will gain an understanding of how strengthening financial management can bolster program impact. The workshop will focus on budget development and monitoring, including how the process can be designed to facilitate programmatic, strategic, and fiscal discussions among the leadership team.
Session Title: Smartphone Vacations: A Key to Healthier, Happier Teens?
Speaker: Jodi Sperling
In 2017, Screen Education conducted a “Smart Phone Deprivation Study” at Camp Livingston to examine the impact of being smartphone-free while at overnight camp. Prompted by the findings, JCC Association partnered with Screen Education this past summer to expand the research and discover new insights. In this session, we will share some of the key findings and discuss how this research can inform how we program for and market to teens and their parents.
Session Title: Resources for Safeguarding Children at your JCC
Speaker: Danielle Pitkoff, Sacred Spaces
Sacred Spaces is a cross-denominational organization that partners with Jewish organizations around the world to prevent and respond to child maltreatment that occurs within an institutional setting. Learn about best practices and Aleinu: A Safeguarding Children Campaign, to give every Jewish youth-serving organization access to expert resources. The campaign is a web-platform featuring interactive tools to implement 10 best practices in child protection and will publicly recognize institutions upon completion of each step. Learn more about the prevalence of child maltreatment and how your JCC can prevent it from occurring.
Session Title: How to Tell Your JCC (PR) Story
Speaker: Ari Geller, West End Strategy
An introduction to JCC storytelling for media purposes with JCC Association’s communications partner, West End Strategy Team’s COO Ari Geller.
Session Title: Starting with Values
Speaker: Dr. Marci Meyer Eisen
Research confirms that values are the key to feeling inspired and deepening commitments. Experience a variety of exercises individually, in dyads and small groups to explore your own values, get to know others in new ways, and explore shared commitments to your organization’s mission.
Session Title: Body language as a Tool to Achieve Presence and Attention You Want
Speaker: Dr. Assael Romanelli
In this inter-active workshop, we will learn techniques from the coaching and improvisational theater worlds to help you create and choose the energy and presence you want when you are communicating or presenting. The focus of this workshop is nonverbal communication. No prior experience in improvisation needed. Please come in comfortable clothes.
Session Title: Reflective Supervision
Speaker: Caron Blank
The fast-paced nature of managing and leading JCC program departments requires both the management skills to support daily operations, as well as a strong leadership ability to achieve high-level goals. Caron Blanke, one of JCC Association’s Sheva faculty, and a leader in this rea, will focus on the myriad of talents necessary to be a successful and reflective leader, supporting the growth of others is of primary importance. In this interactive session, we will explore what reflective practice means both for ourselves as leaders, as well as how it can affect the growth of others. You will learn how to cultivate a reflective organizational culture, how to shift from providing task-oriented supervision to reflective supervision and develop basic skills to implement new systems of reflectively supervising professionals who count on you to help them grow. This session is for supervisors with three to five years of supervision experience.
Session Title: Bringing a Jewish Lens to the Stuff You Don’t Typically Think of as Jewish
Speaker: Rochelle Reich
Whatever your role is at the JCC, this session is for you. You might be thinking, “I have a Jewish Education Director at my JCC. They do all that Jewish stuff. Not me.”
It doesn’t have to be that way, and I contend that it shouldn’t be! We are ALL Jewish educators in our respective roles at the JCC and this session will prove it. Come prepared to get creative, silly, and think beyond the cardboard factory that made the box.
Session Title: Optimal Results: Take Charge of Your Potential!
Speaker: Beth Garfinkle Hancock
Learn how to give energy to your staff, share energy with JCC members, and have time to attend to your own needs. In this session, you will learn tools of self-preservation such as positive talk, how to identify time traps and wasters, and how to organize your day for optimal results.
Session Title: 10 Steps to Implementing Revenue Producing Events
Speaker: Raychel Setless
Numerous departments can serve as excellent hosts for large scale fundraisers; it doesn’t have to be just in your development department. Participants in this session will learn everything they need to know to enhance existing programs or plan their first golf tournament, road race, triathlon, basketball tournament, gala, casino night, expo, and more!
Session Title: Chibbuk—Tradition with a Hug: A Model for Family Engagement
Speaker: Shira Ackerman Simchovitch
The chibbuk (hug in Hebrew) model combines and connects adult Jewish learning with hands-on family fun. Chibbuk activities are grounded in the Jewish festival cycle and include materials to be enjoyed at home.
Session Title: Hiring the Best
Speaker: Jonathan Segal, Partner and Managing Principal, Duane Morris Institute
Every employee is critical to the success of each JCC. That is why it is important that you hire the best candidate for an open position. But hiring can be deceptively complex. This session will focus on the on the job description, recruiting and screening of applicants as well as the dos and don’ts of the interview process. We will also focus on: factors that can and cannot be considered in the decision-making process, documentation, and background checks. If you play any role in hiring, this session is for you!