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October 23, 2015  RSS feed

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Federation’s Leadership Council announces new initiatives

The Leadership Council of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties held its first meeting of the new fiscal year earlier this month and announced several new initiatives meant to build community across the region.

“The tone of this meeting will be one of ‘What can the Federation do to support you?’” Emilie Socash, executive director of the Federation, said in the opening remarks of the evening.

Nearly all of the region’s Jewish organizations were represented at the meeting. The Leadership Council is made up of the professional and lay leadership of each organization as well as several atlarge members, Federation board members, and past presidents of the Federation.

Attendees were the first community members to receive the application for the Federation’s new Innovation Grant program, which will distribute $50,000 to community organizations presenting compelling projects that build community and have measurable “return on investment.”

Applications are available for download on the Federation’s website at

Additional communitywide initiatives of the Federation were presented, including the Jewish Leadership Training Institute (for young adults) and the Israel advocacy training program that will be held on Dec. 9 and 16.

The Israel advocacy program is particularly unique: trainers from the Israel Action Network will facilitate the trainings and participants will be able to develop impact projects to put their learning into action.

“This program has the ability to significantly elevate the caliber of our community relations abilities, and will be an outstanding experience for all participants,” said Rod Margolis, the Federation’s senior development officer and the staff person working on this program.

Socash, together with Director of Development Elana Gootson, also presented a new service available by request to community organizations that allows for the mapping of data.

Meeting attendees were shown a map of Pinellas and Pasco Counties showing all households receiving the Jewish Press and Socash demonstrated how a variety of data can be attached to the mapping, including giving, ages and more.

Socash said that the organizations are “under no obligation” to use this service, but should know that it’s available to anyone who requests it. “The goal of this data project is to help all of the organizations in our community have a resource to answer key questions that determine how we use our resources, like ‘Where do our members live?’ or ‘How far do families with children travel to attend an event?’” said Gootson.

Meeting attendees also broke into groups to brainstorm on what else the Federation could do – beyond allocations and grant support – to assist the work of the organizations.

The groups particularly emphasized capacity-building support (such as creating a synagogue professional network or fundraising training) and outreach to young adults across the community.

The next meeting of the council will be on Feb. 9.

For more information about the Federation, call (727) 333-3103.

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