JPRO: Attracting, Retaining and Inspiring Jewish Professionals
JPRO, the national network for Jewish professionals, has been around for more than a century. Now, with a deepening community commitment to transforming Jewish education and creating a climate for innovation and collaboration, JPRO Atlanta is preparing for a big rebound. With support from local donors, Federation recently sent 21 Jewish professionals to JPRO19, the network’s annual conference in Detroit. We believe that a strong JPRO cohort will help attract the right Jewish talent to Atlanta, while also strengthening, connecting and empowering our current professionals. The group that went to Detroit is serving as a planning group to relaunch JPRO Atlanta and expand professional development opportunities here throughout the year. Read on to see the impact the conference had on Annie Fortnow, Engagement Manager at JumpSpark.
What Annie Fortnow learned in Detroit:
Over five hundred Jewish professionals gathered in Detroit to explore pressing topics in the Jewish world and create connections that would improve our work and trajectory in the Jewish professional sphere. Using Detroit as our classroom to explore innovative ways to approach building Jewish community. I hopped on a bus to the Bethel Community Transformation Center, where I learned from Pastor Aramis Hinds and Rabbi Ariana Silverman about the importance of relationship building in engaging in critical conversations across difference. Thinking back to my work in Atlanta at JumpSpark, I can see the ways we utilize relationship building in our work engaging teens, parents, and professionals. Before working with any of our constituents, we ensure we have built a relationship of trust and compassion so that we may best serve the community and its needs. After visiting the Bethel Community Transformation Center, I can see the value of utilizing our relationship building methodology to expand our work in Atlanta to reach a wider audience and build community and dialogue with a diverse cross-section of our city.
One of the Federation’s values, fearlessness, truly drives JumpSpark’s day-to-day work in trying out bold, innovative ideas in our community without being afraid to fail. Through the UpStart workshop, I began to think about how to apply this value intentionally to all aspects of my work, from planning a program to building a relationship over coffee.
This past week, I learned the power of professional development. I left the JPRO conference feeling refreshed and energized to start the year with confidence and new ideas to bring back to my team. Seeing what my own professional learning can do for my work energizes me for the strides JumpSpark is taking in building up professional development for youth professionals in Atlanta.
Learn more here: https://jumpsparkatl.org/power-of-professional-development/