Jewish Federation Announces Relaunch of Its Young Leadership Program

Written by Anis Modi on . Posted in Community News

The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington has announced that it is relaunching Nexus, a program geared toward helping young professionals develop leadership skills and become more involved in the Jewish community.

The upcoming cohort will include eight sessions, taking place from Jan. 23 to March 6, 2019. Each meeting will be led by professionals from various parts of Federation and other community organizations. The course will touch on subjects ranging from spirituality, to inclusion and diversity, to community-building and fundraising.

“We want to be that cultivator of talent, not just for our benefit but in a way that can be spread throughout the community,” said the Federation’s Young Leadership Associate Abby Newburger.

In relaunching Nexus, Federation has adjusted the program to reflect the changing needs of the community as well as feedback from multiple stakeholders, she added. “We hope that everyone can be a leader in the sense they can communicate properly, create a welcoming community, and understand what it takes for their efforts need to come to fruition.”

Applications are due Jan. 4, 2019, results will be announced Jan. 11, and the program costs are $90 per participant.

Federation hopes that the improved program will result in increased and more sustained engagement — both with participants and other organizations within the community.

“It is a product of a lot of partnership and outreach to different community partners and organizations,” Newburger said. “We want buy-in from other stakeholders, so they become involved and give participants the chance to go back to them later and ensure this partnership will continue.”

Anis Modi is a staff writer for Kol HaBirah.