|Posted by Mark on June 11, 2014 at 8:40 PM||comments (0)|
First drink is on us!
RSVP on our google-form here: https://docs.google.com/forms/d/13C45O2lOhMEn72SQwkxOn1DYKYI_m42S2QUWDn83uCY/viewform?usp=send_form
Join us and you will:
1) Make personal connections within the diverse AJP-NYC community
2) Meet Current AJP-NYC Board members and learn more about the professional opportunities that AJP-NYC provides
3) Dive deeper into the Jewish professional field through fun and engaging activities
Feel free to invite your colleagues/friends to join us.
RSVP by June 18th! If you have any questions, email us at [email protected]
|Posted by Mark on April 29, 2013 at 6:00 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday, May 29 6:00-8:00 pm Hadassah Executive Offices 50 West 58th street
Join AJP-NYC and Will Schneider, Executive Director of Slingshot, for a conversation about current trends and challenges in fundraising and their impact on Jewish philanthropy. Will will share his insights from a career in development, within and outside the Jewish communal world. The majority of the event will be devoted to your questions and group discussion. While this event is geared toward development professionals, all who are interested in fundraising in the Jewish community are welcome to participate.
Prior to joining Slingshot in 2009, Will Schneider worked as a fundraising consultant for dozens of non-profit clients across several sectors — the Apollo Theater, the Joe Torre Safe at Home Foundation, and the National Urban League, to name a few. While consulting, he also founded and developed a community and professional network for young professional fundraisers called “The Future Leaders in Philanthropy (FLiP).” In approximately two years, the FLiP community grew rapidly to over 3000 people — and now it continues to grow under new leadership. Prior to consulting, Will worked on the major gifts team at Carnegie Hall, and before that in the Development Office at New York University.
Kosher refreshments will be provided.
See You There!
Breakfast With The Exec: An Intimate Conversation with Cindy Chazan, Vice President, The Wexner Foundation
|Posted by Mark on March 15, 2013 at 3:50 PM||comments (0)|
Thursday, April 18th, 2013, 8:00 am - 9:30 am at UJA-Federation of NY - 130 E. 59th St. NY,NY
You must complete this short form in order to register: REGISTER HERE (registration required, space is limited!)
Vice President, Wexner Foundation
Cindy Chazan is Vice President for The Wexner Foundation. In this capacity, she facilitates collaborations among the Wexner Leadership constituencies in North America and in Israel, develops Partnership Communities for the Wexner Heritage Program and engages Jewish communities in greater leadership development activities. Cindy Chazan is based in the New York office of the Foundation. Prior to coming to the Foundation, she was the Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Greater Hartford. Before that, she was Special Projects Associate for the Jewish Community Centers Association of North America (then the Jewish Welfare Board) where she staffed the Mandel Commission on Maximizing Jewish Educational Effectiveness of JCC's. Ms. Chazan was the Director of the Koffler Centre of the Arts in Toronto and the Associate Director of The Saidye Bronfman Centre in Montreal. She holds a B.A. in Jewish Studies from McGill University and an M.A. in Contemporary Jewish Studies from Brandeis University.
Ms. Chazan is a founding Board Member of Advancing Women Professionals and the Jewish Community and sits on a Professional Advisory Committee for Birthrightisrael. She is the recipient of The Louis Kraft award for Professional Leadership awarded by the Jewish Communal Service Association of North America; the Bernard Reisman Award for Professional Excellence from Brandeis University’s Hornstein Program; and the Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award from the Association of Jewish Community Organization Professionals of North America.
She is married to Jay Leipzig who is Sr. Philanthropic Advisor of American Associates, Ben-Gurion University of the Negev. They are the parents of Deborah and Eric.
|Posted by Mark on March 9, 2013 at 2:55 PM||comments (0)|
The powerpoint from last week's AJP Dialogue on Jewish Communal Compensation (and reference to our event!) was just posted on eJewishPhilanthropy!
See the full PPT with the brainstorming ideas from our attendees on the AJP-NYC Facebook page! http://www.facebook.com/groups/ajpnyc/
Thanks to all who attended!
|Posted by Mark on January 20, 2013 at 8:25 AM||comments (0)|
Wednesday Febraury 27th, 2013 - 6pm at the Museum of Tolerance
Do our compensation patterns reflect our values?
Join AJP for an important conversation about compensation in the Jewish communal world. We'll hear from representatives of the Jewish Communal Compensation Survey Team, which collected and analyzed salary information from thousands of Jewish communal professionals in the fall of 2012.
They and Professor Steven M. Cohen will discuss the implications of their findings and lead us in an interactive workshop to determine how we as professionals and as a community can learn and benefit from this valuable information. (A preliminary review of the survey's findings can be found at
Panelists: Naomi Korb Weiss, Co-Director of the PresenTense Group Avi Herring, Planning Associate at UJA-Federation of New York's Commission on Jewish Identity and Renewal Dr. Steven M. Cohen, Research Professor of Jewish Social Policy at Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion and Director of the Berman Jewish Policy Archive at NYU's Wagner School of Public Service
To sign up for this event, email us at [email protected]
|Posted by Mark on June 8, 2012 at 6:55 AM||comments (0)|
We are excited to share this article on ejewishphilanthropy.com by AJP-NYC Board Member Mark S. Young. Let us know what you think! Email your thoughts to [email protected]
Valuing Our Advancing Jewish Professionals
June 8, 2012 by eJP
While attending The Jewish Education Project’s Jewish Futures Conference earlier this week in New York, I figured it a safe bet that the hundreds in attendance are all working to secure the Jewish future. If we indeed all are, it would be logical to prioritize training, nurturing, and valuing those who dedicate their professional lives to our community so we are strong for generations to come. I imagine few reading this article would disagree with this statement.
Is this our practice? In isolated situations I don’t doubt, though I would argue that collectively, it is not. We pour communal resources into engaging youth, teen and college-age Jews to live an active Jewish adult life while federations and foundations generously finance several graduate programs training Jewish educators and communal professionals. This is great and I have benefited from both. However, when these excited individuals enter the Jewish professional world, this attention and value appear to be lacking. Young Jewish professionals have few opportunities for meaningful professional development. Compensation levels appear to be unfairly lower than in other industries, and they are told to accept this reality. Few managers are rigorously trained in effective supervision. Each day that this reality continues, we provide advancing Jewish professionals with ample reason to remove their talents, passion, and intelligence from the field.
Last year I joined the board of Advancing Jewish Professionals of New York City (AJP-NYC). AJP-NYC, a local group of the Jewish Communal Service Association (JCSA) and supported by UJA-Federation of New York, hosts a half-dozen professional development-and community-building events at no or minimal cost to Jewish professionals each year, targeting those in the first ten to fifteen years of their career. AJP-NYC inspired me as a 22-year-old entry level Jewish professional to dedicate my career to this soul-filling work, despite temptations of better pay and supervision elsewhere. I fear that Jewish professionals today still must make this unfair choice, and may not choose to stay.
What can both leaders and consumers of Jewish communal life do to better value our advancing Jewish professionals? To ignite and hopefully sustain this conversation, I propose eight action steps.
1. Meaningful and regular professional development opportunities
Advancing Jewish professionals desire multiple opportunities for professional development, networking and community support. These opportunities ignite curiosity, challenge assumptions, strengthen skill sets, and promote healthy, directed professional growth. AJP-NYC has played a key role over the past decade for professionals in Metro NYC. By providing workshops on fundraising, marketing, and organization skills, opportunities to volunteer, and social events, AJP-NYC creates a community of like- minded individuals who care about each other’s work and appreciate guidance from peers and community leaders. Similar groups, often called JPros in cities across North America, are doing the same. Organizations who hire these advancing Jewish Professionals should also provide more professional development and community-building opportunities for their young staff.
2. Good and Fair Compensation
Today’s economy continues to be challenging for Jewish organizations but this should not be an excuse to de-value young talent with low compensation levels. It is also hurtful and inefficient to the organization that aims to retain talent and succession plan for the future. Therefore, it is only logical that organizations properly recognize and adequately pay advancing Jewish professionals. Through strong participation in the just released Jewish Communal Professional Compensation Survey, we hopefully will soon find out how stark this pay inequity likely is. I challenge organizations to consider the high-costs of turnover or micromanaging an under-qualified employee when setting compensation levels. Over time, valuing talented advancing Jewish professionals through attractive compensation will be less costly and increase each organization’s mission success. It is worth the investment.
3. Proper supervision
Most advancing Jewish professionals agree with the saying, “I didn’t leave my job because of the organization or my role, I left because of my boss!” Are managers in our Jewish organizations setting clear and reasonable goals, scheduling and keeping weekly check-ins with subordinates, practicing effective delegation and providing clear positive and constructive feedback? For managers without these skills, organizations should invest in more management training, auditing current practices, exposing management weaknesses and investing resources to reform and re-tool.
4. Celebrate successes
Organizations should recognize advancing Jewish professionals’ success on the job loudly and more often. They need to know when and how they are making impact, and that leadership is noticing and valuing them. Let us celebrate their achievements with more gusto, so that this recognition can be a source of motivation to excel even more.
5. Utilize Failures as Learning Experiences
Organizations and managers must also take failure or mistakes as an opportunity to promote learning and growth. Technology companies have become famous for embracing failure. Failure is how we learn and it can eventually breed success. Our advancing Jewish professionals can learn from honest and unintentional mistakes too, knowing that failure is okay and can lead to future accomplishments. Organizational leadership can take on the role of Jewish educator. They can view mistakes as teachable moments and as opportunities for mutual exploration. They can use as discussion topics that can reveal new learning. These processes can empower advancing Jewish professionals to be creative and excited to do better work, instead of feeling deflated and dejected.
6. Harness the Power of Mentorship
Speaking personally, I wouldn’t have had confidence to move forward and take risks without mentorship from several amazing Jewish leaders and colleagues. They gave me guidance, great ideas, and support when I was down, and challenged me when I might have become complacent. Our organizations should be proactive in identifying (and training) mentors for their advancing Jewish professionals. Mentors who provide confidence and fresh perspectives make a world of difference in an advancing Jewish professional’s career path and ultimate impact on the Jewish community.
7. Model what you expect
Leaders must model the behaviors, attitudes and attributes that we expect from our advancing Jewish professionals. Are we actively listening to our colleagues, our fellow organizations, even our adversaries? Are we emulating the work/life balance necessary to be successful and happy over the long-term? Are we setting fair goals for our subordinates – those that we (in theory) would set for ourselves? I suggest that each manager, leader, educator, and administrator reading this piece examine the behaviors you are modeling for your staff, identify whether those behaviors meet your own expectations and assess whether these behaviors are really healthy for the advancing Jewish professionals who work for you. Advancing Jewish professionals deserve to model healthy work practices from those they respect and admire.
8. Reflect, Reflect, Reflect
As a trainer of Jewish experiential educators, I continue to appreciate the importance of reflection, intentionally looking back on our experiences to uncover new insights, questions and ideas. Advancing Jewish professionals and their supervisors must engage in more structured reflective practice to appreciate together their work and to re-examine shared goals. Reflecting on our processes and challenging our assumptions will make us more efficient, cooperative, collaborative, and productive.
I don’t pretend that these action steps are new, innovative, or even disagreeable to most readers. I do believe they are not stated and discussed enough and therefore need to be heard, re-heard, understood and applied. Groups like AJP-NYC will continue to enhance our work and hope to collaborate with organizations and communal leaders to fulfill our mission with your support, ideas, and passion. We honor the work of our advancing Jewish professionals and hope they continue to provide their intelligence, passion and energy to the important work of strengthening the Jewish community and working for a bright Jewish future.
Mark S. Young is the Program Coordinator of the Experiential Learning Initiative at the William Davidson Graduate School of Jewish Education at the Jewish Theological Seminary. Mark is also the incoming Board Chair of the Advancing Jewish Professionals of New York City, a local group of the JCSA.
|Posted by Mark on June 3, 2012 at 11:10 AM||comments (1)|
Proud to post my review- Oy Vey! Isn't A Strategy by Deborah Grayson Riegel http://t.co/3ZjbJOYm via @amazon #jewishtweets #jed21 #mustread (see also below)
A Review of “Oy Vey: Isn’t a Strategy” by Deborah Greyson Riegel
The Top 4 Reasons to Read Oy Vey
For those considering (or had yet to consider) whether to buy Deborah Greyson Riegel’s Oy Vey is Not a Strategy: 25 Solutions for Personal and Professional Success, do yourself a favor, buy it and read it, I promise you won’t regret it. Oy Vey is not just another pious and impractical management or self-help book. It doesn’t pontificate, speak from theory alone, or provide strategies that don’t seem applicable in the real world, as I find most of these books to do. Oy Vey is quite the opposite. It is also a fast, easy, and enjoyable read. Ok, onto my Top 4 reasons.
1. Oy Vey is Great Storytelling
If you have ever seen Deborah present or facilitate a workshop, you would know that she is funny, direct, exciting and relatable. Amazingly, she is able to harness all her energy and relate-ability to words on a page. She does so with the art of great storytelling, providing anecdotes from her life to introduce each solution. Not only do you obtain these 25 key insights that will help you get to know yourself, work with others productively and get things done (the first three sections of the book), but you get to know Deborah, her family, her own challenges, hopes, dreams and past failures from which she’s learned from. Combining her personal narrative along with her coaching expertise, you are beaming at what the next chapter will bring; not only in a helpful strategy but eager to learn more about Deborah’s story.
2. Oy Vey is experiential education
Not everyone reading this review may know what experiential education is. In a sentence, experiential education is gaining key insights and understandings about the world and ourselves by examining our life-experiences, with the help of a facilitator who enables us to meaningfully reflect on these experiences so new learning can occur. One would not think that experiential education could occur simply by reading a book! Amazingly, Deborah achieves this with ease. Through the storytelling of her personal narrative to introduce successful solutions to personal and professional conundrums, she allows us to experience what this learning was for her. She then invites us in each chapter to complete a personal “action planner,” a series of questions and exercises Deborah has laid out for us, allowing us to reflect on our own experiences and to help us truly understand the strategy that Deborah presented in our own way and relating to our own lives. Oy Vey is much more then a reference book of ideas and best practices. Rather, it enables us to take a personal journey towards personal and professional excellence by way of Deborah’s gifted facilitation.
3. Oy Vey is well-researched.
While Deborah’s personal narrative is certainly the backdrop of introducing and explaining each solution, each chapter is full of leadership theory, tested management principles, Jewish text and tradition, and rich analysis to support each insight, idea and principle with grounding and support. Deborah is not making any of this up. She is able to weave her bubbly (I say bubbly as a compliment) personality into sharing serious ideas that allows us to receive a full scope of the solution at hand; both a theoretical understanding and how to implement into daily practice, by way of either Deborah’s narrative or reflecting on our own experiences. I was impressed with how many meaningful and insightful quotes, ideas and principles she was able to present and to share them seamlessly into her story rather then artificially implanted just for the heck of it. Oy Vey is indeed extremely well researched and edited.
4. Oy Vey is…right.
By the time you are done with this book, you neck will be sore from all the times you’ve been nodding. Every single solution is dead on! Whether it is deciphering the real meaning between a “can’t” vs. a “won’t” or realizing the true meaning of “trust,” it is hard to argue with any of what Deborah is sharing and inviting us consider. Part of this is because, as previously stated, her work is extremely researched and her extensive experience as an expert life and career coach gives her immense credibility. It is also due to Deborah unique talent to help us reveal what may really behind our problems, struggles, and frustrations. Her talent is rare, and we should all be grateful that she is sharing her story, talents, and ideas with us in an accessible and truly helpful book. Again, do yourself a favor, buy Oy Vey, it will motivate you, challenge you, and inspire you in ways that you couldn’t have imagined before you read it.
-Mark S. Young, Program Coordinator of the Experiential Learning Initiative at the Jewish Theological Seminary and incoming Board Chair of the Advancing Jewish Professionals of New York City (AJP-NYC)
|Posted by Mark on May 23, 2012 at 8:05 PM||comments (0)|
Join us for our Hooray It's Summer! Networking Happy Hour with Advancing Jewish Professionals of NYC!
When: Thursday, June 21 from 6-9 pm
Where: The Crooked Knife, 232 West 14th St (between 7th & 8th Aves)
Why: Celebrate our year of AJP programs by meeting new contacts through speed networking and making new friends while enjoying drink specials and free food! The AJP Board will lead brief intro. sessions to ensure you have the opportunity to meet guests whose professional backgrounds are of most interest to you.
I have to go because: Our next AJP event won't be until September 2012, when we begin a new year of exciting programs designed specifically for Advancing Jewish communal professionals (in their first 10-15 years in the field).
See you next month! Yeah AJP!
|Posted by Mark on May 18, 2012 at 10:40 AM||comments (0)|
On May 17th, AJP-NYC co-sponsored the book launch of "Oy Vey is not a Strategy, 25 strategies for personal and professional success" at UJA-Federation of New York. The author, Deborah Grayson Riegel, is head of myjewishcoach.com and a friend of AJP, who know her better as DGR. Deborah has faciltiated many helpful and engaging workshops for AJP; and it was an honor to have many AJP members on hand to support Deborah's first book!
Enjoy the photos below, and see you at our end of year Happy Hour this June 21st at the Crooked Knife! Details on our Facebook Page.
|Posted by Mark on April 2, 2012 at 8:10 AM||comments (0)|
Hey AJP-NYC! Were you not able to attend our latest event? OR wanted to see what others learned? See our notes below on helpful tips to Organize Your Professional Life!:
Organizing Your Professional Life
AJP event with Marla Alt of 123 Organize
March 22, 2012
- Clean desk
- Neat and orderly
- Easily accessible
Ways to be more organized:
- Schedule time for organizing
- Set goals to be more organized
o Personal goals are most important – where we want to be, what we aspire to
o Work goals
The 123’s of being organized:
- Projection – think ahead
- Processing – create system and solutions to carry out your plans
6 proven factors of balance:
How much of your weekly time is spent on each?
People who write down and track their goals are more successful and efficient than those who don’t
When multitasking, we don’t accomplish anything fully
Time management solutions:
- Find your most productive time during the day - schedule big, hard tasks for that time
- Create to-do lists the night before – improves your sleep and leaves you prepared the next morning. Always know what your tomorrow is about
- Prioritize your time – ensure balance and borders
- Don’t plan every minute of your day – allow time for the unknown. This way you won’t get overwhelmed or run out of time when unexpected things come up.
- Schedule private time
- Combine like tasks – emails, calls, etc
For the office:
- Color code files
- Create open space
All can be done on a minimal (or no) budget – creates positive energy
- Deal with mail daily
- Keep things in the same spot (keys, money, etc
- When you bring one new thing into your home, take out 2 old things
- Nothing too personal – do not use “I” or pronouns often
- Empty email frequently
- Use email folders
- Be careful how often you use the urgent sign
- Specific, detailed communications
- It’s All Too Much: An Easy Plan for Living a Richer Life with Less Stuff (Peter Walsh)
- 1000 Best Quick and Easy Organizing Secrets (Jamie Novak)
- The Power of Focus Tenth Anniversary Edition: How to Hit Your Business, Personal and Financial Targets with Absolute Confidence and Certainty (Jack Canfield)
- Organizing from the Inside Out, Second Edition: The Foolproof System for Organizing Your Home, Your Office and Your Life (Julie Morgenstern)
- Time Management from the Inside Out: The Foolproof System for Taking Control of your Schedule and Your Life (Julie Morgenstern)
- Unstuff Your Life: Kick the Clutter Habit and Completely Organize Your Life for Good (Andrew Mellon)
- Getting Organized: Improving Focus, Organization and Productivity (Chris Crouch)
- Organize Your Mind, Organize Your Life: Train Your Brain to Get More Done in Less Time (Paul Graves Hammerness and Margaret Moore)
- The Organized Student: Teaching Children the Skills for Success in School and Beyond (Jennifer Zwiebel and Donna Goldberg) (For Students)