Past Webinars

Here you will find past webinars to use as resources that will help you navigate these complex times.



Synagogue Fundraising in an Uncertain Time
Monday, March 23 | 3:00 p.m.

CJP, the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis will co-host a virtual discussion on synagogue fundraising during this time of crisis. We will ask questions and brainstorm creative ideas for ensuring our organizations meet fundraising needs to serve our communities. We’ll hear from Jennifer Weinstock, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at CJP, and Judith Kaye, Chair, CJP Committee on Development. We will also be joined by David Bernat, Executive Director, Synagogue Council of Massachusetts and Rabbi Neal Gold, President, Massachusetts Board of Rabbis.


Institutional Resilience: Fundraising in an Unpredictable Time
Tuesday, March 17 | 3:00 pm

Join Jennifer Weinstock, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy at CJP, and Andrea Wasserman, President, Social Profit Ventures, for an interactive conversation about what we can do to ensure our organizations meet fundraising goals at this challenging time. Without the usual tools of events and other in-person cultivation opportunities, how can we creatively connect with donors and demonstrate the impact of our work? 



In Our New Virtual World

Marketing in the New Normal, featuring Drew Levy  
Thursday, June 4, 11:00 a.m.–12:00 p.m.  

Join marketing expert Drew Levy for a webinar on outreach in the new normal. Topics will include: positive ways of connecting, tone, marketing, and messaging. This is a fantastic opportunity to get answers to some of your most pressing marketing and communications challenges.  

Space is limited and available on a first-come, first-served basis. Any organization that attends the webinar will have access to at least one individualized follow-up session with Drew in the immediate weeks after the webinar. Please RSVP to Nina with your name, email address, organization’s name, and your title.  

Drew Levy got his start during the digital boom and spent close to a decade planning and managing campaigns for clients, across a variety of industries. Wanting to expand his skill set, he then shifted his focus into developing more of a holistic integrated marketing and strategy approach. He currently runs his own marketing consultancy in Boston where he seeks out like minded passionate brands, to solve their biggest challenges and ultimately help guide them on their path to success.   

More information can be found here.  
View our previously recorded webinars from this series.

Together in Harmony: An Evening of Celebration 
Featuring Neshama Carlebach and Rabbi Menachem Creditor 
Wednesday, May 27 | 7:30–8:30 p.m. 

During this unprecedented time of social isolation, coming together as a community is more important than ever. Join us for an evening of healing, song, and reflection with Rabbi Menachem Creditor, Scholar in Residence at the UJA-Federation of New York, and his wife, internationally renowned singer and songwriter Neshama Carlebach. We will also hear from Rabbi Marc Baker, CJP’s President and CEO, and Ruderman Family Foundation leadership.

WATCH Password: RSIP52720!


Building Inclusive Virtual Communities: Strategies to Help Your Synagogue Meet Congregants’ Needs in the Age of Social Distancing
Tuesday, May 5, 2020, 7:30 – 8:30 p.m.

How do we make sure that our synagogue’s virtual community gatherings and events are inclusive and accessible? What strategies can we put in place to make those who may feel especially isolated to instead feel deeply welcomed? Join Gateways and CJP’s Ruderman Synagogue Inclusion Project for a facilitated conversation as we explore this new challenge facing our communities.

Facilitated by Sandy Gold, Director, Gateways Jewish Education Programs



Engaging Teams Remotely
Thursday, April 2 | 1:00 p.m.

Join Beth Tauro, CJP’s Senior Director of Partnership Relations and Regional Strategy, and guest presenter and consultant, Lisa Hills. Our work world as we know it has dramatically changed. In addition to our overflowing in-boxes, we now have to balance babies on our laps, kids who need to be fed, sub-optimal office set-ups, dogs barking during Zoom meetings, and constant interruptions and distractions.

How do we engage our co-workers during these challenging times? How can we continue to keep our teams on track in the midst of overwhelming uncertainty? Learn helpful strategies, tips, and tools to engage your team and enable them to be productive and effective despite this disruption.

workplace expert and career strategist, Lisa Hills, is a management consultant with more than two decades of experience across sectors, focusing on organizational strategy and talent development. Lisa is committed to helping clients tackle workplace issues, guiding them as they navigate everyday challenges and providing them with the requisite tools and practical solutions for success.



Maintaining and Securing Business Operations in a Remote Environment
Thursday, March 26 │2:00 p.m.

CJP’s Chief Financial Officer, David Strong, and Carmela Caplain, CJP’s Vice President of Finance, will discuss helpful finance practices while working remotely.



Creating Virtual Community
Wednesday, March 18 | 9:00 a.m.

Join CJP, the Synagogue Council of Massachusetts, and the Massachusetts Board of Rabbis to learn how we can forge spiritual and educational connection while maintaining social distancing. We’ll hear from David Bernat, Executive Director of the Synagogue Council and Rabbi Neal Gold, President of Massachusetts Board of Rabbis. We'll also hear from Rabbi Andy Vogel of Temple Sinai, Brookline and Rabbi Elizabeth Bonney-Cohen, Congregation Kehillath Israel’s Assistant Rabbi and Director of Outreach & Innovation, and the Director and Rabbi of Base in Boston.


Coronavirus Specific

Back to Business: From Bay to Bay
Wednesday, July 29 | 2:00 p.m. 
CJP partnered with the San Francisco Federation to host A Deep Dive into the Secure Community Network’s Jewish Community Guide for Reopening Facilities and Resuming Operations in the Age of COVID-19
 for Synagogue and Jewish Organization Leaders from the San Francisco and Massachusetts Bay Areas. 

This webinar is designed to help Jewish community leaders plan for resumption of operations and reopening organizations. The expert panelists contributed to the development of SCN's Back to Business Guide, and shared best practices and considerations to support decision making in a rapidly changing environment.



Paycheck Protection Program Forgiveness Webinar 
Thursday, July 23 | 11:00 a.m. 
For those who have received funds from the Paycheck Protection Program, the next question to begin addressing is: how will I calculate my loan forgiveness, and document and complete the application for submittal to the bank and the Small Business Administration (SBA)? How do I best maximize forgiveness?


What COVID-19 Teaches Us About Inclusion, Resilience, Belonging, and Hope with Rabbi Menachem Penner and Shelly Christensen, MA 
Tuesday, May 19, 7:30 p.m.

This pandemic poses new obstacles to belonging and inclusion, especially in terms of our spiritual life. Shelly Christensen and Rabbi Menachem Penner, Dean of the Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary at Yeshiva University, will offer us strategies to guide, support, and inspire us. Rabbi Penner will speak from experience about how Jewish values may offer solace and help us find meaning in these difficult times. We'll also be joined by Sharon Shapiro, Trustee, Ruderman Family Foundation; and Jennifer Weinstock, Senior Vice President of Philanthropy, CJP. We'll have time for Q&A. 

WATCH Password: RSIP51920!

The Psychological and Emotional Impact of COVID-19 with David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP and Shelly Christensen, MA 
Wednesday, May 13, 7:30 p.m.

Join David H. Rosmarin, PhD, ABPP, Director of the Spirituality and Mental Health Program at McLean Hospital to hear how we can help ourselves cope with the current crisis. Dr. Rosmarin will draw upon cognitive, behavioral, and interpersonal strategies, as well as spiritual approaches such as practicing gratitude, acts of kindness, finding meaning in suffering, radical acceptance, and embracing uncertainty. We will also hear from Shelly Christensen, MA, renowned author, founder of Jewish Disabilities Awareness, Acceptance, and Inclusion Month, and leader in the faith community disability and mental health inclusion field; Sharon Shapiro, Trustee, Ruderman Family Foundation; and Sarah Abramson, Senior Vice President, Strategy and Impact at CJP. We'll have time for Q&A. 

WATCH Password: RSIP51320!

Psychological Support in Crisis: Building Community Resilience During Covid-19
Thursday, April 30, 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.>

Join Dr. Stephanie Leite for a webinar on recognizing and responding to the psychological impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic on individuals, institutions, and communities.

As we navigate the current Covid-19 crisis we face many challenges, including maintaining a sense of community as we take steps to protect the physical health of ourselves, our families, and the people we serve. Crises have a direct impact on our mental health and well-being, as well as our daily lives and relationships with others, including critical safety and security concerns relating to behavioral threat assessment and management, domestic violence, and other similar issues . We hope you will join us for this important conversation with Dr. Stephanie Leite, who will address common issues that arise for community organizations, individuals, and families when dealing with the fear and anxiety that accompany a disaster and how to recognize common signs of psychological distress. She will also suggest resources and coping mechanisms that individuals and organizations can use to lessen the mental and emotional strain during times of crisis.  

The webinar will be moderated by Daniel Levenson, Deputy Director, Communal Security, CJP. Time will be allotted for Q&A. 



Federal Funding Assistance for COVID-19 Response and Recovery
Monday, April 13 | 2:00 p.m.

Jeremy Yamin, CJP’s Associate Vice President, Director of Security and Operations, and Mark O’Mara, Director of Recovery, Hagerty Consulting, present a webinar on federal funding for disaster relief programs.

Federal funding programs may provide an opportunity for some organizations to better respond to and recover from the ongoing COVID-19 crisis, but they are complex and often lack clarity. Proactive, strategic, and expert management of eligible activities, costs, and documentation requirements may help promote successful short-term response and long-term financial recovery.This webinar will introduce you to tools that can help your team determine institutional eligibility and navigate these complex programs.



Learning from Pandemics Past: Jewish History and Coronavirus CJP Live Event and JewishBoston Vibe of the Tribe Podcast
Monday, April 13 | 2:00 p.m.

Join Rabbi Marc Baker, CEO and President of CJP, and Dr. Jonathan Sarna, the Joseph H. and Belle R. Braun Professor of American Jewish History in the department of Near Eastern and Judaic Studies at Brandeis University, for this fascinating conversation touching on past, present, and future. They will offer the unique perspectives from their work; Marc, as the leader of a large Jewish organization in a time of rapid, profound change, and critical communal need, and Jonathan, a renowned scholar of Jewish history who is also an active member of the community he studies.

The coronavirus (COVID-19) has triggered an unprecedented wave of changes to day-to-day life around the world. Existing in a state of crisis is nothing new to the Jewish people, however. History can be our guide during difficult times. What does the past tell us about how we will emerge from the era of COVID-19? How might Jewish life change after this extended period of radical social distancing and economic turmoil?

The event will also be an episode of’s The Vibe of the Tribe podcast. You can find it after the event at this link


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Cyber Concerns in the Time of Covid-19
Friday, April 3 | 11:00 am

Times of crisis are particularly daunting in terms of cyber security. Hackers, scam artists, and others with malicious intent use the turmoil during these times to their advantage. Join this webinar to see some of the common threats and learn about the steps you can take to protect your organization and improve your cyber security.

Ted Penfield, Associate Vice President, Information Technology, CJP 
Nancy Viner, Vice President of Enterprise Cybersecurity Services, Fidelity Investments 

Moderator: Jeremy Yamin, Associate Vice President, Director of Security and Operations, CJP 



Clearing and Coaching for Agency Executives in the Time of Coronavirus
Tuesday, March 31 | 2:30 p.m.

Kimberlee Schumacher, CJP's Vice President of Partnerships and Services, will kick off this webinar designed for agency executives with guest presenter Deb Elbaum, MD, PCC. The increase of stress, uncertainty, and anxiety is affecting all of us. As a leader, it's critical to manage your stress so that you can be effective and help others in your organization and community. In this interactive session, Leadership Coach Deb Elbaum will share a five-step stress management tool and equip you with ways to coach yourself and others to clear out mental stress and make room for more positive, focused, productive thinking.



Crisis Communications During Coronavirus
Wednesday, March 25 │1:00 p.m.

CJP’s Vice President of Marketing, Julie Somers will kick off this webinar designed for CEOs and their communications directors. She’ll be joined by Alex Goldstein, CEO of 90 West and former spokesman for Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, who will discuss communications best practices for organizations during times of crisis. He’ll provide recommendations on how best to engage with journalists and how to manage social media and internal communications during this unprecedented moment. Alex will also cover the do's and don'ts of effective crisis communications and give an overview of the current media landscape as we seek to balance essential messages about COVID-19 with our broader communications strategies.


Board Information

Running Effective Virtual Board Meetings
Thursday, March 19 | 1:30 p.m.

Join Cindy Janower, CJP’s Board President, and Marni Allen, Associate Vice President of Board and Volunteer Leadership Engagement to learn best practices and tips for running effective virtual board meetings. Are you partnering with your board effectively as you are faced with daily decisions for your community? Have you thought about ways to run effective virtual meetings with your board?