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January 26, 2018  RSS feed

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16 women begin Federation-sponsored leadership development program

Sixteen professional and lay leaders in the Jewish community will be sharpening their skills as part of a new leadership training initiative of the Jewish Federation of Pinellas and Pasco Counties.

The Yesod Community Leadership Development Program held the first of eight sessions Jan. 12.

Educator Rabbi Danielle Upbin, who also serves as associate rabbi at Congregation Beth Shalom in Clearwater, is leading the program, which has been developed by the Florence Melton School of Adult Jewish Learning at Hebrew University in Jerusalem. The curriculum is based on Jewish Leadership 2.0, written by renowned expert Dr. Erica Brown.

Yesod is the Hebrew word for foundation and it is anticipated that the participants will serve as the foundation for the leadership in their respective organizations.

Members of this year’s class are: Sandra Braham – Gulf Coast Jewish Family and Children’s Services; Lisa Cohen – Temple Beth-El; Caren Evans – Congregation Beth Shalom; Sarah Feld – Congregation B’nai Israel; Sarah Gotlieb – Temple Beth-El; Eileen Hochstadt – West Pasco Jewish Community Center; Polly Krauss – Temple B’nai Israel; Maxine Kaufman – Jewish Federation of Pinellas & Pasco Counties; Beth Levin – TOP Jewish Foundation; Gayle Maller – Temple Ahavat Shalom; Stefani Margolis – Temple Beth-El; Cindy Minetti – Gulf Coast Jewish Family & Children Services; Kelli Rolfe – Benjamin Tower Foundation; Maureen Sechan – Congregation B’nai Israel; Karen Tashman – Congregation Beth Shalom and Ellen Weiss – TOP Jewish Foundation.

It so happens that this first cohort is made up entirely of women.

Rabbi Upbin noted that while this was not the original intention, the vibe of the participants in the room feels “right” and very natural.

The Yesod curriculum is built upon the knowledge and skills a leader, whether professional or lay, needs to be effective. Course content merges Judaic text study, business skills, leadership theory and experiential application.

Yesod sessions will provide participants with tools and techniques to help them advance their leadership skills. Most importantly, it creates a cohort of peers who will serve as resources and strategic partners.

“Volunteer succession planning is a critically important process and Yesod helps organizations and communities prepare their rising leaders for expanded leadership roles,” said Federation Executive Director, Emilie Socash.

The course will continue through August.

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