TAKE YOUR LEADERSHIP TO THE NEXUS LEVEL 2022

NEXUS 2022 is an eight-session program designed to develop rising Jewish leaders in their 20s and 30s who seek to build community, explore their Jewish values and philanthropy, and gain exclusive access to Federation’s network of established community builders and resources. NEXUS participants are empowered in their efforts to better engage the Jewish community in Greater Washington.

We are seeking young, aspiring Jewish leaders who express philanthropic passion, unbridled curiosity, and dedication to developing leadership skills and deepening their involvement in the Jewish community. Whether you are looking to break into Jewish communal leadership or wanting to elevate your leadership experience to the next level, this program is for you.

Selection Process:

  • Candidates will submit their application through the NEXUS website and will be evaluated based on the level of thoroughness and thoughtfulness in their response to the application questions.
  • Selection priority for candidates who:
    • Were actively recruited by a NEXUS staff member/co-chair (via NEXUS recruitment short list)
    • Were nominated by a staff member or lay leader
    • Are currently employed by or involved with our partner agencies
    • Participated in JFNA’s Changemakers Summer Fellowship program in 2020 or 2021

SESSION DATES DESCRIPTIONS

Program are on Tuesday from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM unless otherwise noted.

Pre-Session | Thursday, February 24 from 6:30 PM – 8:30 PM
Meet & Greet

Session 1 | March 1
This Is NEXUS 2022

Welcome to NEXUS 2022! This session will be divided into two parts. First, we will review the curriculum, e-binder, and general housekeeping. Discussion prompts will explore the big questions: What is a leader? What is philanthropy? And beyond. We will break into discussion groups and reconvene for a final recap and discussion.

Session 2 | March 15
Time: A Federation Deep Dive  

Federation’s mission is to inspire, build, and sustain vibrant Jewish life in a changing world by mobilizing our community in common purpose, intentional innovation, and effective action. This work is impossible without our lay leaders, partner organizations, and ever-growing Next Gen community. Together we will deep dive into Federation’s work and all of the partner organizations that we support, plus the inspiring world of Federation lay leadership. We will hear from key active members from Federation’s leadership community who will inspire NEXUS participants with stories of their Federation journey.

Session 3 | Sunday, April 3 | 12:00 PM – 4:00 PM
Day of Service: Good Deeds Day
Building on the previous week’s introduction to all the inspiring work we do with our partner organizations, we will put this into action by coming together for a day of service supporting our community as a NEXUS cohort.

Session 4 | April 12
Relationship Building 101
During this session, we will be joined by GatherDC to dive into the importance of relationship-based engagement and the practice of “meeting people where they are.” In this session, we will explore the power of centering our work and leadership around people and community building first. We will also discuss the importance of making space for exploratory conversations to deepen relational trust, and to better understand the individuals within and outside the Jewish community.

Session 5 | April 26
Inclusivity & Diversity: Be the Voice, Empower the Voice
Grounded in the Jewish value that all human beings are created “b’tzelem elohim” (in God’s image), Federation is using our resources, platform, and influence to build a culture of inclusion and equity in Greater Washington. Building on our guiding principle of belonging, we will have an expert-led discussion on diversity, stereotypes, and inclusion in the workplace and beyond. We will recognize the role we have as leaders to strengthen and empower our diverse, beautiful, and vibrant community. We will address the current hurdles in today’s environment and work together to address how to be inclusive leaders. We will work as individuals and as a cohort to embrace authenticity, encourage diverse voices, create a sense of belonging, and empower ourselves and others as advocates and allies to those around us.

Session 6 | May 10
Tzedakah and Your Philanthropic Duty
Community service and philanthropy are the cornerstone of what it means to be a leader within the Jewish community. Guided by Federation’s mission, we will explore our philanthropic duty and values as leaders. We will break into groups and play a game of “Allocations,” in which each team will be given the challenging responsibility of appropriately allocating funds to programs and communities in need. This session will open the door to emerging leaders; empowering them to take that first step with the knowledge that they can be philanthropic leaders in their communities no matter the stage of their personal or professional lives.

Session 7 | May 24
NEXUS Giving Circle

We will be putting everything we learned in the Allocations Game into practice. We will be working with JFNA’s Amplifier to come together and participate in a NEXUS Giving Circle where we will pool our charitable contributions and go through an intentional process inspired by Jewish values to decide how to allocate our funds. Through discussions and small breakouts, we will come to a unanimous decision and give a collective donation on behalf of the NEXUS cohort to one of Federation’s partner organizations.

Session 8 | Friday, June 10 | 6:30 – 8:30 PM
Shabbat Potluck Graduation
Congratulations to the NEXUS Class of 2022 who are now educated and empowered leaders, armed with the tools needed to have a voice and make change in their own lives and the Jewish community at large. Together we will break bread, celebrate our successes, and set intentions for the year ahead!

SESSION DESCRIPTIONS

This Is NEXUS 2022: Meet Your Fellow Leaders

Welcome to NEXUS 2022! This session will be divided into two parts. First, we will review the curriculum, e-binder, and general housekeeping. Discussion prompts will explore the big questions: What is a leader? What is philanthropy? And beyond. We will break into discussion groups and reconvene for a final recap and discussion.

This is NEXUS 2021: Meet Your Fellow Leaders

Welcome to NEXUS 2021! This session will be divided into two parts. First, we will review the curriculum, e-binder, and general housekeeping as well as introduce the “Pitch It” project and teams. The “Pitch It” project is the participants’ opportunity to go through the exercise of creating and pitching a mock philanthropic program from start to finish. Each “Pitch It” team will be paired with a Young Leadership (YL) board member “coach” to advise them on their projects throughout the eight-week program. Participants will convene with their “Pitch It” teams for an ice breaker, as well as an empowering discussion on the type of leader they want to be. Discussion prompts will explore the big questions: What is a leader? What is a leader to you? Each team will choose a name and then, the NEXUS 2021 class will reconvene for a final recap and discussion.

Tzedakah & Philanthropy: The Allocation Challenge 

Community service and philanthropy are the cornerstone of what it means to be a leader within the Jewish community. Guided by Federation’s mission, we will explore our philanthropic goals as leaders. We will break into groups and play a game of “allocations,” in which each team will be given the challenge and responsibility to appropriately allocate funds to programs and communities in need. This session will open the door to new leaders; empowering them to take that first step with the knowledge that they can be philanthropic leaders in their communities no matter what the stage of their personal or professional lives.

Tikkun Olam: The Health of the World as it Relates to Us

What does it mean to be part of a global people historically and today? We will discuss Federation’s response to the global pandemic and how our community is rallying together through tikkun olam (repairing the world) to provide relief where needed. We will discuss the threat of anti-semitism, examining the harsh realities of its effect on the Jewish community—presently and in the future, on a local and global scale—and how best to combat it. It is time to take the temperature and evaluate the current health of the world. We are here to discuss how to become changemakers, how best to respond to constantly arising threats, and how to empower yourself and others to heal the world no matter what stage of life you are in.

Inclusivity & Diversity: Be the Voice, Empower the Voice

An expert-led discussion on diversity, stereotypes, and inclusivity in the workplace and beyond. We will recognize the role we have as leaders to strengthen and empower our diverse, beautiful, vibrant Jewish community. We will address the current hurdles in today’s environment and work together to address how to be an inclusive leader—both as an individual and as a team—embracing authenticity, encouraging diverse voices, creating a sense of belonging, and empowering oneself and others as an advocate and ally to those around you. Be the voice and empower the voice.

Relationship Building: The Art of Human Connection

Jackie Zais of GatherDC will cover the art and importance of relationship-based engagement. This methodology does not seek to bring in those from the outside but instead to understand people holistically in order to guide them towards offerings and/or experiences that meet them where they are. In this session, we will explore the power of centering our work and leadership around people first and the importance of making space for exploratory conversations, to deepen relational trust, and to better understand the individuals within and outside the Jewish community.

Leadership Skills 101: Putting it into Practice

Let’s put all that you have learned to practice—from vision to reality. In this session, you will be empowered with tangible skills in how to influence your peers, develop programs, pitch strategies, support a unified or individual vision, navigate difficult discussions, and manage conflict. We will ensure that as future leaders, you are well equipped to lead and foster engagement within your community and beyond.

Pitch It! Your Federation Program Idea

Now is your time to shine—buckle up for an evening of pitching! This session is dedicated to participants’ growth and development, allowing each “Pitch It” team to showcase their polished leadership skills. Each group will take what they have learned about leadership, as an individual and a collective, as it relates to programming, philanthropy, relationship building, and beyond to pitch a program to Federation’s panel of judges. The judges will award superlatives at the NEXUS graduation, which will include “Most Likely to Get Funded,” “Most Original,” and “Most Impactful.”

Graduation: NEXUS Class of 2021

Congratulations! You are now more educated and empowered leaders than ever before, armed with the tools you need to have a voice and make change in your own lives and in our Jewish community. We will bring back our panel of judges to present superlatives and diplomas, and to provide an overview of Federation’s leadership opportunities so, as NEXUS graduates, you can continue to stay involved as our future leaders in the Jewish community on a local and global scale.

Application for NEXUS 2021 are now closed.

For more information, please contact Erika Kauder at [email protected].