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Network for Network Builders

How do network/COP (Community of Practice) leaders have the greatest impact in the Jewish community?

Facilitated by Cyd Weissman, Assistant Vice President for Innovation and Impact at Reconstructing Judaism

For leaders in the Jewish community responsible for a network/COP strategy

1 to 2:15 p.m.—Oct. 26, Dec. 13, Feb. 21, April 18, May 30

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Networks and COPs are fast becoming a strategy employed across the Jewish community to connect and engage people in meaningful ways. Leaders overseeing these strategies are generally guided by best practices, yet many still have questions. Together we’ll uncover the answers to questions like: How do we create a culture of generosity? What are the best ways to amplify learning from groups? How can you measure impact? Participants will help set agendas and learn from each other’s wisdom. We will “write the book” of best practices for Jewish community network builders. 

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Healthy networks and a culture of generosity: Learn about our first session. 

How can we create value-based networks? Our second session here.


“An Excellent Blind Date” Ideas in Jewish Education and Engagement:

Is there room for innovation in Jewish education & engagement in our communities? What does the word “innovation” even mean?

How do we determine the do’s” and “don’ts” in creating group norms? How do we identify and expand upon the values of a group?

This guide to developing group norms goes step-by-step through facilitation, brainstorming, and follow-up. 

This b’rit (“agreement,” or “contract”) guide outlines the steps necessary to create a group contract before a retreat, aimed at kids and their counselors/teachers.

This toolsheet offers a handy outline for an activity allowing teams to develop a set of operating norms or ground rules.

Our third session focused on identifying, emerging, and fostering network values as a whole. 

This network check-in template presents a set of reflective and closing questions for neworks of any size or scope.

Outcomes, Community, Action

Suri Jacknis, Director of Educator Networks at the Jewish Education Project, differentiates between networks for support and learning and and networks meant to lead to action. 

Thinking Like a Network

From the Interaction Institute for Social Change, how do we think like a network instead of a collaborative, coalition or alliance?

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