The Leveraging Expertise to Advance Partners Initiative (LEAP) is a partnership between CJP professionals, volunteer leaders, and community organizations to strengthen collaboration and organizational capabilities across the Greater Boston Jewish community. Through LEAP, community professionals and board leaders can access knowledge and advice through best practice seminars, targeted breakout discussions, and brainstorming sessions. We are accessing the best talent in our community and leveraging it to advance our communal vision and strengthen our organizations.
Featured topics are generated from interest in the community. Have an idea for a LEAP session topic, or have questions about this program? Let us know.
For more resources for your organization visit our partner org resource page.
Tuesday, December 19, 2023 | 1:30 – 3:00 p.m. | with with Oren Jacobson, Co-Founder and
Executive Director of Project Shema
We have heard from you about one of the major struggles you’re facing, both within your organization and beyond.
CJP is partnering with Project Shema, a training and support organization founded by Jewish leaders with deep ties to social justice movements, to help our Jewish community and allies understand and address contemporary antisemitism. In this virtual session, we will explore and analyze the unique ways anti-Jewish ideas can emerge in discourse around Israel and Palestine and gain resources and strategies to address the anti-Jewish language we are seeing.
Participants will receive an extensive resource guide with actionable next steps and messaging guidance, and there will be significant time for Q&A. We will not be recording this session, so we urge you to attend!
Thursday, October 19, 2023 | 10:00 – 11:00 a.m. | with Shira Kraft
Faun Zarge shared actionable strategies and tools that can be used immediately in one-on-one interactions, team discussions, and communications, and which, when integrated into an employee’s daily experience, fuel impact and engagement, and serve as a vital buffer during periods of high stress.
LEAP: Uncharitable: The Way We Think About Charity Is Dead Wrong — A Fireside Chat with Dan Pallotta and Kimberlee Schumacher
Dan Pallotta and CJP's Kimberlee Schumacher discussed the "nonprofit prison” — a systematic set of restraints in compensation, marketing, risk-taking, time, and capital that prevent nonprofit organizations from reaching their full potential. This session was not recorded.
Synagogue LEAP: Beyond Soliciting: How to Engage Your Board in Financial Resource Development
Synagogue LEAP: Taking off Your Rose-Colored Glasses: Assess and Improve Your Board to Attract New Board Members
LEAP: Shifting the Focus from Problems to Possibilities
Deborah Grayson Riegel discussed how we can use Appreciative Inquiry to help manage change and challenges. Recording available on request.
Synagogue LEAP: Hot Topics in Synagogue Governance
LEAP: Starting on the Right Foot: Keys to Running a Successful Board Orientation
LEAP: Strengthening our Organizations through Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion in Governance Practices
Marni Allen, CJP's Vice President of Volunteer Mobilization and Leadership and co-chair of CJP's Equity Task Force, hosts a panel of leaders from Mayyim Hayyim, JVS Boston, and Hebrew SeniorLife, who are involving their boards in critical DEI work.
LEAP: Organizational Health and Cyber Risks: How Cyber Secure Are You?
In this LEAP session with CJP Board member Nancy Viner and CJP’s Cybersecurity team discuss how our Communal Cybersecurity Program can help bolster your organization’s cyber posture and reduce cyber-related risks.
Vitalize Your Synagogue’s Impact Through Robust Fundraising
Fundraising and philanthropy expert, Andrea B. Wasserman, President of ABW Partners, inspires you to view synagogue-based fundraising through a new lens. Empowered with fresh perspectives and strategies, you will be ready to strengthen a culture of philanthropy and fundraising to vitalize your synagogue’s impact.
Leading with Intention: Thriving in Times of Uncertainty
Inspiring and actionable, this workshop offered leaders a reminder that they have what it takes to thrive during tough times. Our speaker, Joan Garry, offered practical steps you can take to set priorities, engage board members and volunteers, and rally stakeholders around a vision for the future. Recording is available upon request.
Building a Volunteer Pipeline: Ideas for Identifying, Growing, and Investing in Leadership for Your Community
Investing in current volunteers, as well as identifying and preparing the next generation of leaders, is critical work for any nonprofit organization – but especially true for synagogues, where lay leaders regularly provide important strategic advice and extra hands for their professional partners. Kim Creem and CJP’s Marni Allen share their strategies for creating a strong pipeline of leaders.
Dues Structures That Represent Your Community
Finding the right dues model for your congregation is one of the central challenges of today's synagogue. Together with Caroline Dorn and Ellie Goldman of Real Time Strategy Group, we explored concrete ways to determine and evaluate membership models in context to your community’s goals, thoughtful transition planning, and effective ways to communicate changes to your members and the community.
Preventing Nonprofit Burnout Starts at the Top: A Roadmap for Using Your Leadership to Support Your Professional Team
This interactive workshop will provide you with tools to prevent employee burnout, including a roadmap for supporting your team in an ever-changing work environment. Faun Zarge, an employee burnout and resilience expert, provides key strategies for addressing common (yet often overlooked) contributors to employee burnout.
Slides and handouts are available upon request — please contact Sandy.
Values-Driven Executive Succession Planning for Healthy Organizations
Featuring a fireside chat with Aron Ain, Chairman and CEO of UKG and CJP board member and Gali Cooks, President and CEO of Leading Edge. In this interactive session, participants will come away with an understanding of how to structure a successful, values-driven executive search and position your new leader for success.
Innovation & Leading Through COVID
View a special joint leadership session presented in partnership with CJP, Catholic Charities of Boston, and United Way of Massachusetts Bay and Merrimack Valley, featuring keynote speaker, Professor Dutch Leonard, of Harvard Business School.
Professor Dutch Leonard is George F. Baker Jr. Professor of Public Management at the Kennedy School and Eliot I. Snider and Family Professor of Business Administration and Co-chair of the Social Enterprise Initiative at Harvard Business School. He teaches leadership, organizational strategy, crisis management, and financial management. His current research concentrates on crisis management, corporate social responsibility, and performance management.
Leaders should think of themselves as the architects of the conditions for innovation. In this interactive session, Professor Leonard helps us reflect on what conditions led to rapid innovations during COVID and how we can sustain the conditions for the long term.
Launching Sustained Collaborations and Mergers
Based on the phenomenal attendance of our prior LEAP panel discussion on mergers and collaborations where CJP Board Member Ed Shapiro gave the keynote, we held another LEAP session “Launching Sustained Collaborations and Mergers”, on this topic to offer you more resources and supports. With an introduction by Ed Shapiro and panel moderated by Laurene Sperling, Co-chairs of CJP’s Optimizing the Ecosystem Through Formal Collaborations Taskforce, you will want to watch this.
This panel also featured:
In the face of recovery, when nonprofits will be called on to do more — likely with fewer resources — mergers, joint ventures, programmatic and administrative partnerships, and other types of “sustained collaborations” can be tools to preserve, sustain, and grow impact. In this session, we discussed why nonprofits pursue sustained collaboration, how they approach the process, and what lessons they have learned along the way with much time for Q&A.
As we mentioned in the program, we are providing an avenue for organizations to have exploratory follow up conversations regarding sustained collaborations. You can contact Kimberlee Schumacher, CJP’s Vice President of Partnerships and Services at firstname.lastname@example.org
Engaging Your Board to Further Your Mission
What successes and challenges arise when volunteers and professionals tackle the biggest obstacles facing your organization? Learn how to onboard and inspire your directors so you can lead together with purpose.
Key speakers include:
We invite you to come together with other Jewish communal leaders at the next LEAP session on Strategic Partnerships: How can coordination and collaboration make us stronger?
Learn how organizations in our community have partnered effectively to further their missions and increase impact. What successes and challenges arise when organizations with shared visions and goals come together? Through our featured speakers we will discuss a variety of strategic collaboration efforts including: strategic partnerships, programmatic collaborations, and mergers.
Cybersecurity Awareness, Advice, and Resources
Is your organization’s network and digital information well-protected? Does wondering about your organization’s cyber vulnerabilities keep you up at night? Read this SlideDeck to strengthen your cybersecurity smarts and explore strategies and best practices that will help your organization improve its security posture:
Do you believe sustaining strong financial management is critical to your organization’s success? Have you wondered about your organization’s fiscal vulnerabilities? Come together with Jewish communal leaders across Greater Boston for the inaugural CJP LEAP seminar on Strengthening Organizational Financial Health
Building and sustaining strong financial management practices is a critical leadership responsibility at organizations of all sizes.
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