2006 Activities

The Jewish World in Flux:
Our Changing Donors, Synagogues, and Profession

November 6, 2006
URJ Development Professionals Meeting
Temple OhebShalom—Baltimore, MD

Synagogues have come to recognize the critical importance of revenue sources beyond annual membership dues. To help build a stronger financial base for the congregation, some have added fundraisers to their professional team. The growing number of such professionals has led to the creation of an association for development professionals working in Reform synagogues. In November 2006, a one-day workshop, developed and presented by David Mersky and Amy Sales, was held at the Reform Synagogue Development Professionals Conference in Baltimore, MD. The presentation described current realities in the Jewish community, in synagogues, and in fundraising and philanthropy and explored how these realities affect the work of the synagogue development professional.

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2006-07 Discussion Series
Jewish Philanthropy, Black Education

October 26, 2006
Rapaporte Treasure Hall
Brandeis University, Waltham

A lecture by Peter Ascoli, author of Julius Rosenwald: The Man Who Built Sears, Roebuck and Advanced the Cause of Black Education in the American South (Indiana University Press, 2006). Discussion led by Laurence Simon, The Heller School for Social Policy and Management and Ibrahim Sundiata, African and Afro-American Studies.

The son of German Jewish immigrants, Julius Rosenwald was one of America’s first great philanthropists, giving away over $60 million of his own wealth ($1 billion in today’s dollars). Between 1912 and 1932, he helped build more than 5,000 schools throughout the rural South, giving generations of African-American children their only chance for an education. Drawing from never-before -discovered family papers, historian Peter Ascoli, Rosenwald’s grandson, painted a compelling portrait of an extraordinary man who modeled what have become key principles in philanthropy.

   About Julius Rosenwald
   Excerpts from Julius Rosenwald
   Major accomplishments of Julius Rosenwald

The Remaking of Hillel:
A Symposium on Leadership and Organizational Transformation

March 30, 2006
Brandeis House, New York City

Key actors in the Hillel story recounted their experiences during the years of the organization’s transformation, from 1988 to 1995. Experts in leadership and organizational change analyzed the lessons of the case.


Edgar M. Bronfman, Richard M. Joel, Morlie Levin, Marty Linsky, Roger Lohmann, Amy Sales, Susan Shevitz, Rabbi Jeffrey A. Summit, and Rabbi Herb Tobin.

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New Ways of Leading:
The Coming Revolution in Jewish Communal Service

Tuesday, January 24, 2006.
Faculty Club Lounge
Brandeis University, Waltham

Robert Aronson, Chief Executive Officer, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Detroit

Robert Aronson heads one of the country’s largest Jewish Federations and he consults to philanthropists, helping to create funding collaboratives for new ventures. His fingers are on the pulse of the Jewish communal world and his thoughts are on its future strength. He believes the field needs new definition, new energy, and new talent. He joined us for an informative and provocative fireside chat.

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