DFI JPRO DAY – Navigating the Now: What do you stand for?

Date: 08/10/2017

Time: 8:30 am - 2:30 pm

Location: Baltimore Hebrew Congregation

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Kosher breakfast and lunch will be served.

No charge for staff of supporting organizations. $72 for staff of non-supporting organizations

Keynote: Elaine Rosenblum,  (Proformu.com) a collaborative communication expert,  helps professionals at all levels to collaboratively articulate and negotiate in virtually any setting. Whether it be marketing, social media use, or everyday workplace interactions, the words that we choose as individuals contribute to our organization’s image. We’ll learn how to navigate more effective communication practices to build relationships and create a more inspired workplace. With the right attitude and communication skills, we can confidently articulate our own values while still representing the values of our organizations – a necessary skill in our ever changing and diverse society.

Elaine Rosenblum will join Larry Ziffer, and Greg Abel on a panel exploring messaging and social media, facilitated by Neil Rubin, educator, followed by break-out sessions to focus on effective and authentic communication in the workplace.

Teams from organizations and/or interest groups will meet together after lunch to explore the values of their organization and determine next steps for bridging personal and organizational values, and ensure proper messaging of these values.


8:30 a.m. – Registration and Breakfast

9:00 – 9:15 a.m. – Keynote, Elaine Rosenblum

9:15 – 10:00 a.m. – Panel

10:05 – 10:20 a.m.  – Small group processing

10:30 – 11:20 a.m. – Breakouts

11:30 – 12:20 p.m. – Breakouts

12:30 p.m. – Lunch; Social Justice advocacy opportunities in Baltimore
(Ashley Pressman, Howard Libit, Jakir Manela)

1:15 – 2:10 p.m. –  Teams from organizations and/or interest groups will meet together

2:15 – 2:30 p.m. – Report out and conclusion

BREAKOUTS: (click to view facilitators’ bios)

  • Collaborative Communication for Long Term Relationship Management (Elaine Rosenblum) Introducing concepts that enhance ability to negotiate conflicted topics/situations using neutral language and productive discussion as a foundation for building relationships that embody honesty, respect and integrity.
  • Facilitating Consensus in Difficult or Conflicted Conversations (Elaine Rosenblum) Crash course in mediation and building consensus, with a “Rolling Roleplay” to demonstrate facilitation techniques and wording.
  • Are you a JPC 24/7? Nurturing Yourself (Rabbi Geoff Basik) Learn how to use meditation and self-care practices to carry you through your workday.
  • The Evolution of Jewish Professional Values (Rabbi Larry Ziffer) How do Jewish communal professionals communicate the values that we stand for? An extended conversation on communication through a lens of Jewish values.
  • Navigating Social Media (Rina Goloskov) Balancing your Jewish communal professional role with your personal social media presence can be a challenge— especially in a community as interconnected as Jewish Baltimore. Should there be a clear separation between those personas?
  • Defining and Expressing Your Own Core Values (Mandy Diamond) Interactive sessions designed to clarify your own values and priorities. Knowing where you stand on issues, will help you to feel more confident in communicating your message.
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback for Supervisors (Dr. Naphtali Hoff) In this session we will discuss the importance of supervisors giving timely, constructive feedback to their teams and share practical tips on how to do so in a way that it is best received and acted upon. Role play and other interactive techniques will be used to provide hands-on opportunities for reflection and practice.
  • Giving and Receiving Feedback for Employees (Dr. Naphtali Hoff) We all need feedback to ensure that we deliver great results to our supervisors and our teams. In this session we will discuss how to hear and utilize feedback most effectively. Role play and other interactive techniques will be used to provide hands-on opportunities for reflection and practice.
  • Presenting Your Organization’s Mission and Values in One Clear and Concise Message (Greg Abel) Hear best practices on creating and expressing your organizational brand from a marketing and communications Guru.
  • What Your Words Really Mean… to Others (Dr. Neil Rubin) Explore how “routine” communications both make or break you and your organization – regardless of original intent. Lead examples come from 21 years of Jewish newspaper reporting & editing, and work in Jewish educational & advocacy agencies. Then we’ll dissect what you do.


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