Shep Englander — Strategic Initiatives
Who is Jewish Cincinnati? The Scoop in November
Who is Jewish Cincinnati? In January, we will roll out the results of our 2019 Jewish Community Study. For the first time in more than a decade, this study will give us a fresh portrait of our community, including where we live, how we engage Jewishly, and much more. Our hope is to build one of the most welcoming, engaging, and vibrant Jewish communities in America.
A joint Federation-Foundation task force selected Brandeis University’s Cohen Center for Modern Jewish Studies, a leading research institute on American Jewry and religious and cultural identity, to conduct our study. Their work illuminates the demographics, trends, and patterns across a community.
Key learnings from the 2019 community study data will include our Jewish community’s population, constituent interests and needs, socioeconomic and affiliation patterns, and behaviors and attitudes experienced across 21st‐century Jewish communities.
As we begin to create a new community vision for 2030, we will work with community leaders, organizational partners, and program providers to meet the changing needs and aspirations of Jewish Cincinnati. Starting in January, we will launch a Year of Learning in dialogue with leaders of our agencies, congregations, and schools. And we will update our communal values and goals to guide our Cincinnati 2030 vision.
Be part of the Year of Learning. Sign up here to join us on Wednesday, January 15, ask questions, and help start on the journey toward our 2030 community vision.
Cincinnati Leading Again. Earlier this month, the FedLab conference gave me another reason to be proud of Cincinnati and of my colleagues, Jackie Congedo and Danielle V. Minson. Standing-room-only crowds came to hear Jackie present on our Jewish Community Relations Council’s innovative strategies to fight antisemitism. Then Jackie and Danielle tag-teamed on how we raised funding in record time! Dozens of communities came to learn more about Cincinnati’s strategies. The new FedLab conference offered 900 Federation leaders a deep dive into three complex issues facing our Jewish communities.
The response was powerful and personal. After the presentations, I was working in the hotel lobby, and person after person came up to me to thank me for what Cincinnati is doing—thinking through practical, workable, and manageable ways to fight antisemitism. They told me Cincinnati has offered them a way forward.
Developing our Community’s Leaders. We recently launched the Federation’s first Board Leadership Development Program. Through this program, we are sharing best practices on building strong and effective boards. Senior board officers of six agencies have been participating in the Board Development Program: Jewish Family Service, JVS Career Services, the Mayerson JCC, Cincinnati Hillel, The Jewish Home of Cincinnati, and Camp Livingston. Program participants include three lay leaders from each agency as well as agency executives.
I’m excited our community is able to offer such rich and meaningful experiences for both our professionals and lay leaders.
Thanks for caring about our community and what we do.
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