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NEXUS Leadership Program

January 23, 2019 - March 6, 2019

The Jewish Federation's Young Leadership presents NEXUS: Inspiring Future Leaders


NEXUS, an eight-session leadership program hosted by The Jewish Federation of Greater Washington,
develops young Jewish individuals (20s and 30s) seeking to enhance their leadership abilities.
Each session will feature distinguished community leaders, define the skills and tools leadership
requires, and inspire participants to put their skills into action. NEXUS participants will be empowered
in their efforts to better engage the Jewish community in Greater Washington.

Application Deadline Extended
Wednesday, January 9, 2019

Acceptances Announced
Friday, January 11, 2019

All sessions will take place in Washington DC. Locations to be announced shortly.

Program Cost
$90 per participant


Wednesday, January 23, 2019 | 6:30–8:30 pm

In the introductory session, NEXUS participants will get to know one another to form connections and create a thought-provoking atmosphere. Rabbi Gil Steinlauf, Federation’s Scholar-in-Residence, will guide a conversation about different Jewish leaders and leadership characteristics through Jewish text study. The discussion will then explore participants’ unique leadership styles and how they can share their natural gifts and skills with other Jews in their community. No previous background in Jewish studies, Hebrew, or text study is necessary.

Friday, February 1, 2019 | 6:00–9:00 pm

Participants will partake in an interactive Shabbat dinner which will guide them through the traditions and relevance of Shabbat in the 21st Century. They will share how they have utilized Shabbat to bring young Jews together and learn new
practices that they can apply within their micro-community. Rabbi Gil Steinlauf will share his personal experience about a rabbi’s role and, how participants can engage a rabbi in their own community work to create meaningful connections.

Wednesday, February 6, 2019 | 6:30–8:30 pm

NEXUS participants will gain a better understanding of the Greater Washington Jewish landscape and the work they can do to ensure that they are fostering a diverse and inclusive community. Led by Lisa Handelman, Federation’s Community Disability Inclusion Specialist, participants will discover what makes a program accessible and take time to explore what is means for them to “all be created in the image of God.” They will also tackle the larger question of how we as a community can change the culture and how we approach inclusion.

Wednesday, February 13, 2019 | 6:30–8:30 pm

Led by Shari Merrill, Federation’s Chief Impact Officer, NEXUS participants will learn about community relations locally and around the globe. Specifically, Shari will discuss what various institutions do, how to support our local population and lastly, how to effectively connect with local community partners to address their needs. A representative from The Jewish Agency for Israel and Tzachi Levy, Federation’s Senior Shaliach (Israeli Emissary), will discuss Federation’s international and Israel related work. To round out this session, participants will have a chance to be inspired by an individual whose life has benefited from the important work that our community does.

Wednesday, February 20, 2019 | 6:30–8:30 pm

NEXUS participants will learn about the needs within the Greater Washington area Jewish community from Zach Briton, Federation’s Chief Donor Experience Officer. And, Lexi Bock Robbins, Federation’s Assistant Director of Strategic Planning & Allocations, will lead an interactive exercise on how funds are allocated to various organizations and the thought that goes into making these decisions. Participants will gain a better understanding of why fundraising is a key component of leadership.

Sunday, February 24, 2019 | 10:00 am–12:00 pm

Through volunteering, NEXUS participants will learn about the importance of connecting their populations with community service inside and outside of the Jewish community. Jessica Dishell, Federation’s Engagement Manager, will discuss the significance of donating time to the community and let them know how they can make an impact. This meaningful volunteer opportunity will focus on intergenerational engagement and the responsibility that our young professional community has to older generations, our generation, and future generations.

Wednesday, February 27, 2019 | 6:30–8:30 pm

Experts will lead NEXUS participants in examining new leadership techniques and tools to effectively lead small and large groups of volunteers. A panel discussion comprised of leaders from various Jewish organizations will share how they work with volunteers and lead their teams in both challenging times and celebration. The cohort will have an opportunity to bring their own individual leadership concerns to the table for feedback.

Wednesday, March 6, 2019 | 6:30–8:30 pm

Together with a member of Federation’s Executive Committee, participants will spend time reflecting upon their NEXUS Leadership experience—the “aha” moments, the “take-aways” and how they want to progress in their personal leadership journey. With program leadership on hand, this session will be utilized to develop a plan of action for each participant post-NEXUS.

For more information, please contact Abby Newburger at or 301-230-7266.


January 23, 2019
March 6, 2019

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