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Reimagine: A Convening to Explore and Elevate the Work of Jewish Youth Professionals (VIRTUAL)

Hosts: JTEEN and Jewish LearningWorks
Date: Thursday, March 3, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm-5:00 pm EST
For: Jewish educational professionals, youth professionals and their supervisors, clergy and lay leaders
Cost: $36/organizational team (one person OR your whole team...
youth professionals, clergy, educators, executive directors, and lay leaders)

For complete information, CLICK HERE!
To sign-up for the convening, CLICK HERE

As many Jewish youth professionals navigate the challenge of returning to in-person experiences and we reach two years since COVID-19 descended on our workplaces, we are presented with an opportunity.


  • How can we use this transition to re-imagine the workplace experiences of our Jewish youth professionals to one that best suits the passions and needs of our talent?

  • How might we focus our efforts investing in our talent and optimizing the employer-employee relationship so our organizations can truly thrive?


Mark S. Young’s keynote program will help us address these questions individually, as teams of Jewish educational professionals and lay leaders, and as a collective.


Following the keynote, we will offer a variety of breakout room workshops on themes that support youth professionals, and their supervisors, to build their career trajectory within the Jewish community. Workshop topics and presenters are (CLICK HERE for more details!):


  • "Building Your Bench" by Alena Akslerod from Leading Edge

  • "Promoting and Promotions" by Dr. Erik Ludwig from HUC Los Angeles

  • "Build Around the Talent" by Mark S. Young from the JCC Association of North America

  • "The Power of Coaching" by Micol Zimmerman Burkeman from HUC

  • "Valuing our Impact" by Rabbi Dena Shaffer from Jewish Teen Funder Collaborative

Our partners include:

  • CJP

  • The Jewish Education Project

  • Jewish Teen Education and Engagement Funder Collaborative

  • School of Education, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion

  • Honeycomb

  • Shutaf 

  • Springboard

  • Zelinkow School of Jewish Nonprofit Management, Hebrew Union College Jewish Institute of Religion


All trainings at Jewish LearningWorks are subsidized by our generous donors. To arrange a cost adjustment, please email



A huge thank you to all of the 2021 conference participants and presenters! We were able to successfully engage in learning, socializing, and networking...even though we were virtual. Almost all of the sessions were recorded and are now available to view below.


Identify the session(s) you are interested in below, click on that session(s), and then go to the noted time stamp for that video. You may have to drag the video forward or backwards, but just use the time stamp below and you will be good to go! 



Conference Welcome: “Shalom!” from Erica Hruby and Susan Weis, Niggun and Intention Setting with Rabbi Aviva Funke (TIME STAMP 0:05-32:45)


Vision and Purpose for Teen Engagement: A Discussion about Where We are Trying to Go​ (based on the 18x18 Framework developed by Drs. Ben Jacobs and Barry Chazan) with Clare Goldwater (M²: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education) (TIME STAMP 33:00-1:25:00)


Panel Discussion: Engagement Lessons Learned in 2020  (TIME STAMP 1:25:00-2:17:49)

  • 1:1 Engagement as a COVID Keeper with Dr. Samantha Vinokor-Meinrath (Jewish Education Center of Cleveland)

  • Social Justice Engagement Through Tzedek Cohort with Michele Levine (Teen Initiatives at Jewish Community Federation)

  • Finding the Sweet Spot Between Virtual and In-Person Experiences with Naomi Looper (Springboard Chicago)




Models of Engagement:  (TIME STAMP 0:00-10:45)

  • Teen Engagement Through Teen Philanthropy with Danielle Segal (Honeycomb)

  • Teen Engagement Through Providing a Safe Space Grounded in Jewish Values with Leslie-Anne Copes-Finke (The Mussar Institute)

Digital Tools for Bloom's Taxonomy: Exploring Padlet & Flipgrid with Shani Sicherman and Hyim Brandes (Lookstein Virtual) (TIME STAMP 11:30-1:02:45)


Building Rhythm and Resilience: Teen Wellness Is About More Than Mental Health with Leslie Rosen Stern (Meeting Your Mission) (TIME STAMP 1:02:45-2:05:20)

Educators as Allies: Grappling with What We Don’t Know with Rabbi Mike Moskowitz (Congregation Beit Simchat Torah) (TIME STAMP 2:05:25-3:15:58)


Nurturing the Professional: It’s Not Just the People You Work with Who Have Been Struggling with Dr. Betsy Stone (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) (TIME STAMP 3:15:58-4:25:48)


We Need to Talk: How to Approach Your Supervisor About Tough Topics with Mike Friedman (PeopleFirst Coaching & Consulting) (TIME STAMP 4:25:54-5:14:05)


Networking Conversation: Content for Online Learning for Teens: Teaching Israel, Mussar, Jewish History and More with Lisa Micley (TIME STAMP 00:00-26:27)


How to Be Comfortable Having Uncomfortable Conversations with Billy Planer (Etgar36) (TIME STAMP 26:27-1:22:58)


Cooking and Conversation about Tzedakah and Food Justice with Danny Corsun and Zoey Corsun (Culinary Judaics Academy) (TIME STAMP 1:22:59-2:12:03)



Models of Engagement:  (TIME STAMP 0:00-20:00)

  • Two Jews, Three Opinions: Teen Engaging Teens Through Debate with Yitzhak Bronstein (Hadar-Maimonides Moot Court Competition)

  • Teen Engagement Through the Challenge of Antisemitism with Liz Tsai and Adam Blue (StandWithUs)

  • Engaging Teens Through the National BetterTogether Movement: Making A Positive Difference in the Lives of Teens and the Elderly with Bess Adler (BetterTogether)

Social Identities and Jewish Community with Imani Chapman (Imani Strategies, LLC) (TIME STAMP 23:27-1:22:12)


Tag Team Engagement: It's Not YOUR Job to Engage Them All: Empowering Teens to Engage Jewish Peers Through Home-based Programming with Dr. Robyn Faintich (JewishGPS) (TIME STAMP 1:22:13-2:12:43)

How to Improve our Work by Understanding the What, Why, & How Behind Data Analytics with Caroline Dorn and Ellie Goldman (Real Time Strategy) (TIME STAMP 2:12:50-2:59:55)


Understanding and Supporting Our Teens: Building Wellness Practices for Healthy Futures​ with Drew Fidler & Ari Handel (Center for Adolescent Wellness, BBYO) (TIME STAMP 3:00:00-3:39:28)


Being Part of a Teen's Digital Resume with Jennifer Brodsky (Super Tech Hero) (TIME STAMP 3:39:40-4:16:13)


Networking Conversation: Critical Conversations of Faith: Exploring Big Questions in Jewish or Multi-Faith Groups with Nina Woldin (TIME STAMP 0.00-37.16)



Models of Engagement: (TIME STAMP 0:00-13:40)

  • Engaging Teens in Values Conversations Through Cooking with Danny Corsun (Culinary Judaics Academy)

  • Teen Engagement Through eSports, Virtual Worlds, Tiktok, Podcasts, and More! with Brian Soileau (Lost Tribe Esports) 

  • “You Never Told Me”: Addressing the Must-Have Israel Conversations Amongst Teens with Matt Rissien and Sarah Weiss-Poland (IsraelLink)


Maximizing the Best Technologies In-person, Online, and in Hybrid Settings with Jordan Cotten (Cotten Tech Coach) (TIME STAMP 17:15-1:04:32)

Removing the Stumbling Block: Welcoming Participants of all Needs with Beth Steinberg & Jennifer Saber (Shutaf) (TIME STAMP 1:04:42-1:57:51)


Creating Powerful Moments Using Principles from the Best-selling Book "The Power of Moments" by Chip and Dan Heath with Micol Zimmerman Burkeman (Hebrew Union College-Jewish Institute of Religion) (TIME STAMP 1:57:51-3:10:46)


Let's Talk About Sex, Baby: Helping Jewish Teens Make Meaning Out of Consent, Healthy Touch, & Sexuality with Alisha Pedowitz (Moving Traditions) (TIME STAMP 3:10:50-4:13:27)


Youth Empowerment with a Justice and Equity Lens with Amram Altzman (Keshet)  (TIME STAMP 4:13:32-5:08:36)

It is YOUR Time to Shine! with Time Flies Circus with Ayal Prouser (TIME STAMP 0:00-39:03)

Testimonials from the 2021 JTEEN Annual Conference


"It was so great connecting with new and old colleagues and learning from so many amazing professionals and colleagues!
I came away with new connections and new ways of thinking about my work. I’m excited for next year!"


"This was such a fun and immersive experience!"


"It was fun, educational, and professional."


"The JTEEN conference was a lively and engaging few days that touched on many aspects of teen growth and development.
The energy was upbeat and positive with a variety of social events and support for educators at every stage in our careers."


"The JTEEN conference has rejuvenated me, both spiritually and professionally. Seeing old friends and meeting new people
has been a joy. I feel as if I’m better prepared to face the new year, come what may!"


"The JTEEN conference is, hands down, the most beneficial professional development event every year." 

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