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: Using the Jewish Lenses: Your Agency-Wide Shared Language
Speaker: Kathy Pomer
Seeking a way for your team to understand what’s behind the big decisions? Looking for a more thoughtful way to set norms as you think together? Imagine the power of using a shared language agency wide. The Sheva Center helps Early Childhood Centers around our network use Jewish lenses to make daily decisions and begin visionary conversations all over the continent. 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 7 Jewish Lenses as our guide – Imagine all of our moves being transparent, contagious and successful.
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: 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
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: Managing and Inspiring Millennials in our JCCs
Speaker: Aaron Weil
The millennials on our staff are front-line ambassadors to our JCC members, and they have the capability to build relationships and touch lives more than ever before. Millennial staff members range in age from 18 years old to mid-to-late 30s. This session will explore (with peer exploration) best practices for how to reach, communicate, inspire, and unlock the potential inside this incredible generation.
Session Title: Values Exercises to Build your Team
Speaker: Dr. Marci Meyer Eisen
This highly interactive session will provide a series of 5-10 minute “exercises” you can use to “break the ice,” “create connections,” and “advance dialogue” for all kinds of meetings and events, from camp counselors to committees.
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: 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: Leadership Development: Stepping Up Improves Staff Culture
Speaker: Dr. Deborah Gilboa
As JCCs strive to train and retain strong, motivated staff, the biggest struggle is often finding ways to close the “development gap.” This gap widens as frontline and even part-time staff take on multiple roles without much training or learning curve accommodation. The work to narrow it stalls as budgets and schedules interfere with most training and professional development opportunities. Dr. G takes the blame out of frustrated staff development efforts and focuses on the opportunities of individual mentorship and in-the-moment situational training to encourage staff who step into leadership within their current jobs and in the JCC community at large.
Session Title: Reflective Supervision
Speaker: Caron Blanke
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
Just because your JCC has a Jewish education director on staff doesn’t mean they “do all that Jewish stuff.” 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: 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!
Session Title: One-on-One Coaching Sessions
Speaker: Amy Schiffman
Sign up for a free, 30-minute coaching session with Amy Schiffman of Giving Tree Associates, a nationally-known coach to executive staff, development directors, and board leadership. Schiffman will address your most pressing questions: fundraising, board development, strategic planning and more. Participate as a team or as an individual. Preregistration required.
Session Title: A Taste of Israel
Speakers: Shlomo Schwartz, Sara Sless, and Chad Martin
Israel is a melting pot in every sense of the term. It is a place where people, flavors, and cultures from all over the world have blended to create a fascinating culture, cuisine and way of life. Sless, Lupiansky Hasson and Schwartz (who happens to be an Israeli chef, as well) of JCC Association’s staff, along with Martin and Mond, who direct the Northeast Region of Israel’s Ministry of Tourism, will take the audience on a journey to discover the heart and soul of one of the world’s most vibrant cultures—Israel—through its kitchen through a “hands on” food and tasting experience. In each step we identify unique sites and experiences in Israel that JCC’s and individuals can include in their next trip there! B’tayavon (bon appetit)!
Session Title: Building Affirming Communities for LGBTQ Individuals
Speakers: Robyn Awend and Daniel Bahner
Now more than ever, LGBTQ individuals need community spaces that not only include but celebrate and affirm their lives and experiences. This is especially true for transgender and non-binary youth. This session covers how to move our communities forward to become more affirming in our programs, policy, and culture. In addition to an overview of best practices, we will hear about how the Twin Cities Jewish Community Centers have built more affirming communities for LGBTQ individuals.