Achieving Excellence: Lessons Learned from Professional Development

By Melissa Donald, Lyn Light Geller

Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA), Winter 2010

This article explores the objectives, key components, benefits, and challenges of long-term professional development programs for the Jewish community, with special emphasis on UJA-Federation of New York's flagship program: the Muehlstein Institute for Jewish Professional Leadership. Although the authors reflect on the experiences of a decade, the many challenges and changes faced in the past year alone highlight the difference even a single year can make. Over the past 12 months, most communal agendas focused on the threat of workforce reduction, shrinking resources, and budgetary sustenance. Rewind only one more year to find agendas and conversations on the future and sustainability of our profession amidst a new emerging talent pool. And yet, we know that now more than ever, having the right people in the right roles is an organization's most important asset. The most significant percentage of dollars spent in the Jewish nonprofit field goes to the workforce. To maximize this investment, we must reaffirm our commitment to high-quality professional development programs.

Topic: Jewish Federations, Professional Development, Workplace, Change, Employment, Partnerships, Community Building, Jobs

Name of Publication: Journal of Jewish Communal Service

Editor: Naron Chalew, Gail

Volume/Issue: Vol.85/No.1

Page Number(s): 176-183

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Genre: Article

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Bibliographic Information:
Donald, Melissa. Light Geller, Lyn. Achieving Excellence: Lessons Learned from Professional Development. Journal of Jewish Communal Service. Jewish Communal Service Association of North America (JCSA). Winter 2010: 176-183.


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