Recent Pictures of AJCOP
AJCOP 9th Annual Retiree's Reunion Luncheon in Boca Raton
AJCOP held it’s 9th Annual Retiree’s Reunion Luncheon on Wednesday February 2, 2011 in the Levine Board Room of the Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in Boca Raton. Jacob Solomon, President and CEO of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation and President of JCSA was the guest speaker His concise, comprehensive and interactive presentation was delivered with respect for the historical organizational experience and memory in attendance and very well received.
The event, created by the energies of Bob Kerbel, Norm Schimelman and Murray Schneier, has continued to attract retired members from South Florida and several other states.
Left: Alan Engel, AJCOP President; Brenda Gevertz, JCSA Exec; Lou Solomon, AJCOP Exec.
Right: Bob Tropp, Murray & Sandy Schneier and Don Gartner.
Jane Berkey, Dick Jacobs, Brenda Gevertz & Rhea Zukerman
Left: Alan Engel, Bob Pearlman & Bob Fischer. Right: Bob Hiller
Left: Jacob Solomon and Lou Solomon. Center: Joel Telles. Right: Norman Schimelman & Ruth Kirschner
Murray Schneier receives AJCOP Rosichan Retiree of the Year Award from Lou Solomon.
Everyone came to schmooze.
Left: Susan Bauchner, Don Cooper & Bob Schwartz. Right: Bob Pearlman, Bob Hiller & Marty Waxman.
Lou Solomon, Rhea Zukerman, Peter Wells, Murray Schneier, Alan Engel, Bob Fischer & Brenda Gevertz.
AJCOP ~ JCSA ~ WCJCS
Awards Reception 2008
AJCOP joined together with WCJCS and JCSA to recognize their 2008 Award winners at the Awards Reception held on Monday evening, November 17th in Weizmann Hall of the Jewish Agency for Israel in Jerusalem. Honorees included: Daniel Allen, CEO, American Friends of Magen David Adom and Steven Morrison, Executive Director, Madison Jewish Community Council and Jewish Social Services of Madison, AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award; Mary Brown, Director of Financial Resource Development, Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, AJCOP Norman Edell Fellowship; and Stuart Botwinick, Assistant Executive Director, Sid Jacobson JCC, Laura Gottlieb, Assistant Director of Human Resource Development, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, Eve Samson, Assistant Director of Grant and Community Services, Jewish Federation of Metropolitan Chicago, and Joseph Selesny, Associate Director of Financial Resource Development, Jewish Federation of Metro Detroit, AJCOP Bernard Rodkin Israel Experience Fellowship. Many thanks to the planning committee: Daniel Allen, William Bernstein, Alan Engel, Jonathan Feldstein, Ted Comet, Louis and Marlene Solomon, Assaf Astrinsky and Brenda Gevertz. It was a wonderful evening!
People from both sides of the ocean and even down under gathered to pay tribute to their peers
at the AJCOP ~ JCSA ~ WCJCS joint Awards Reception.
The meeting kicked off with greetings from Bill Bernstein,
AJCOP Immediate Past President.
Left: Danny Allen (R), CEO, American Friends of Magen David Adom,accepts the AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award from Bill Bernstein (L), President & CEO, Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County and AJCOP Awards Chair for 2008.
Right: Steve Morrison (L) accepts the AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award from Gloria Schwartz (R).
The AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award is presented to a full-time Jewish community organization professional who has been in the field for more than 10 years, who contributes to the field, serves as a role model, displays a high level of personal and professional ethics and enjoys the esteem of colleagues, peers and lay leadership. To honor his memory and perpetuate his essence, the AJCOP Board of Directors has designated that this prestigious award be named for its founding President and Executive Emeritus, Ben Mandelkorn(obm).
Mary Brown, Director of Financial Resource Development, Jewish Federation of St. Joseph Valley, accepts the AJCOP Norman Edell Fellowship from Jeffrey Feld, Executive Director, Memphis Jewish Federation.
The AJCOP Edell Scholarship was established in loving memory of Norman Edell, in recognition of his many years of dedicated service to the Jewish Communal Service profession in 2000 by his wife, Laura (obm), and his sons Mark and David. The Edell Award sends one AJCOP young professional to experience the General Assembly of the United Jewish Communities for the first time, with preference given to those from a small or intermediate agency. Through this national exposure to Jewish leaders, colleagues and best practices, the Scholarship hopes to give younger professionals a clearer sense of the national system, unique opportunities for learning practice and most importantly, the motivation to continue their careers in Jewish community work. Norman Edell (obm) was the director of the St. Joseph Valley Federation (South Bend, IN) in the late 1940's and early 1950's, and worked closely with Mary's grandfather who was the Campaign Chair.
Left: Stuart Botwinick (R), Assistant Executive Director, Sid Jacobson JCC, accepts the AJCOP Rodkin Israel Experience Fellowship from Danny Allen, AJCOP Rodkin Committee Chair. Right: Laura Gottlieb, Assistant Director Human Resources, Greater Miami Jewish Federation, accepts the AJCOP Rodkin Israel Experience Fellowship from her CEO, Jacob Solomon.
Left: Eve Samson (R), Assistant Director of Grants & Community Services, Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago, accepts AJCOP Rodkin Israel Experience Fellowship from Peter Friedman (L), Executive Vice President, Planning & Allocations, Jewish Federation of Metro Chicago. Right: Joseph Selesny (L), Associate Director, Financial Resource Development, accepts AJCOP Rodkin Israel Experience Fellowship from his good friend Judah Isaacs, Executive Director, Detroit Alliance for Jewish Education.
The AJCOP Bernard Rodkin Israel Experience Fellowship provides an opportunity to increase one’s knowledge, experience and understanding of Israeli society and her social welfare system. The award is granted to a select number of members in good standing of AJCOP (for at least 2 years) who currently work in a Federation or National Jewish Community Organization agency (or one of its Regional offices) in the US or Canada, who have worked professionally in the field of Jewish Communal Service for at least 3 years.
The 2008 Rodkin Fellows became a very cohesive group during their studies in Israel.
(L-R) Laura Gottlieb, Joey Selesny, Lou Solomon (AJCOP Exec), Stu Botwinick, Eve Samson,
Danny Allen (Rodkin Chair) and Mary Brown (Edell Fellow).
Brenda Gevertz, Executive Director, JCSA, introduced the JCSA awardees.
Ted Comet, Executive Director, WCJCS, invited all to attend the WCJCS Professional Development Conference to be held later in the week
Max Kleinman, CEO, UJC of MetroWest, Past President of both AJCOP and JCSA and current outgoing President of WCJCS, closed the meeting.
Old friends catch up at the reception. Left: Eric Levine & Lou Solomon. Center: Assaf Astrinsky & Dorit Ram. Right: Joey Selesny, Stu Botwinick & Jeremy Bandler.
AJCOP is all about networking and mentoring....and whether you are a mentor or a mentee, you're all kids to Ralph Goldman, the Dean of Jewish Communal Service. Ralph goes to work at JDC in Jerusalem early every day and walks up to his second floor office.
(L-R) Joey Selesny & Ralph Goldman, Mary Brown & Ralph, Ralph and Jay Rubin.
The son, brother and father of Israelis, Danny was fortunate to have two families present to see him receive his Distinuished Service Award--his mother and father and two of his children, and many of his colleagues from Magen David Adom.
(L-R) Annie, Uri, Danny, Harry and Sarah Allen and MDA Ambulance Driver, Sybil Weingast, Jonathan Feldstein, Danny Allen, and Robert Kern.
It was a wonderful evening!
Over a thousand years of experience in Jewish
Communal Service was shared by those in attendance from Florida, Georgia,
Maryland, New Jersey and New York at the 6th Annual AJCOP Retirees Reunion in
Boca Raton on Monday, February 25, 2008. Ted Comet delivered the stimulating
keynote address, "Resilience: The Mystique of Jewish Survival ~ Reflections
on 60 Years of Jewish Communal Service (text on next page). Many thanks to our
coordinators Murray Schneier and Norm Schimelman, Bill Bernstein and Dick Jacobs
and the Boca Federation staff, for once again hosting this great gathering.
L-R standing: Jane Berkey, Bob Tropp, Lou Solomon, Ira
Steinmetz, Joel Daner, Marvin Schpeiser, Elliot Burns, Rona Schpeiser, Lowell
Lander, Edith Steindler, Don Cooper, Norm Schimelman, Monty Pomm, Al Chernin,
Bob Pearlman, Dick Jacobs, Joel Telles, Bill Bernstein and Paul Levine. Seated
L-R: Bob Hiller, Marty Waxman, Murray Kamen, Rhea Zukerman, and Ted Comet.
Joel Daner, Dick Jacobs, Lou Solomon and Rhea Zukerman take time to catch up.
The MetroWest Five: Paul Levine, Rhea Zukerman, Bill
Bernstein, Joel Daner and Dick Jacobs all worked at MetroWest at some time in
Ted Comet brought along his brother Sol and family friend Muriel Cohen.
Marvin and Rona Schpeiser made the trip down from Atlanta to be at the
Ted Comet, Bob Hiller and Marty Waxman
There was lots of time to schmooze. Bob Pearlman renews acquaintances
with Marty Waxman.
Rhea Zukerman and Ted Comet
Marvin Schpeiser and Norm Schimelman
Joel Daner, Dick Jacobs, Lou Solomon and Rhea Zukerman
AJCOP ~ JCSA ~ WCJCS
Professional Leadership Recognition
held a Seminar and Professional Leadership Recognition program at the United
Jewish Communities General Assembly in Nashville, TN early Tuesday morning,
November 13, 2007 in cooperation with the Jewish Communal Service Association of
North America (JCSA) and the World Council of Jewish Communal Service (WCJCS).
Dr. Jonathan Woocher, Chief Ideas Officer of JESNA, delivered the keynote
address: "Building Community and Peoplehood During a Time of Personalism:
Challenges and Strategies" (text below). Each organization recognized
professionals for exemplary service. AJCOP recognized: Emilie Kuperman,
Director of Development of the Tampa JCC/Federation as the AJCOP 2007 Norman
Edell Fellow; Jeffrey Klein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County
and Phyllis Cook, Director of the Endowment Fund & Associate Director of the
Jewish Community Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma
Counties, received the AJCOP 2007 Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award. (Bios
on site under News/Awards.) WCJCS honored Jacob Solomon, Executive Vice
President of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation, and Alan Hoffman, Director
General of Zionist Jewish Education for the Jewish Agency for Israel, for their
service as the program chairs of the WCJCS 11th Quadrennial in
Jerusalem last summer. JCSA honored Shoshannah Frydman, Director of Family
Violence Services, Metropolitan Council on Jewish Poverty of NY and Edward M.
Bruckner, Senior Development Officer, Combined Jewish Philanthropies, Boston,
for exemplary service. It was a great morning!
Above left: Jeffrey Klein (R), CEO, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County is
presented the AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award by Jacob Solomon,
Executive VP of the Greater Miami Jewish Federation.
Above right: Phyllis Cook, Director
of the Endowment Fund & Associate Director of the Jewish Community
Federation of San Francisco, the Peninsula, Marin & Sonoma Counties, is
presented with the AJCOP 2007 Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award by Maxyne
Finkelstein, CEO of JAFI North America.
Emilie Kuperman, Director
of Development of the Tampa JCC/Federation is presented with the AJCOP 2007
Norman Edell Fellowship Award by Jeffrey Feld, Executive Director, Memphis
Above left: Alan Hoffman (R), Director General,
Dept. of Zionist Jewish Education, Jewish Agency for Israel, received the WCJCS
Professional Leadership Award from Misha Galperin, Executive VP, Jewish
Federation of Greater Washington and above right, Jacob Solomon, Executive VP,
Greater Miami Jewish Federation, received the WCJCS Professional Leadership
Award from Max Kleinman, Executive VP, UJC of MetroWest NJ.
Ellie Aronowitz (L), JCSA President and Brenda Gevertz
(R), JCSA Executive Director, congratulated JCSA 2007 Young Professional
Awardees Shoshannah Frydman and Eddie Bruckner.
Left: Debbie Dolgin and Sean Mandell were on hand to
congratulate Jeff Klein. Middle: JCSA award winners Ed Bruckner and
Shoshannah Frydman share a cup of coffee before the program. Right: AJCOP
Past Presidents Danny Allen and Allan (Geli) Gelfond, catch up.
Left: AJCOP President Alan Engel goes over the
program with AJCOP Exec Lou Solomon. Right: Howard Ross, Alan Engel
and Steve Morrison share a cup of early morning GA joe.
A large contingent of Palm Beachers were on hand to
congratulate Jeff Klein. Left: Jeffrey & Carla Klein.
Right: Jeff with Michelle Wasch, COO of the Jewish Federation of Palm
Jonathan Woocher congratulates Phyllis Cook.
Tova Grunes, AJCOP Edell Fellow for 2006, and David
congratulate Emilie Kuperman, AJCOP Edell Fellow for 2007.
Thanks to our own dedicated execs, Lou Solomon (AJCOP),
Brenda Gevertz (JCSA)
and Ted Comet (WCJCS) for putting together such a stimulating and meaningful
morning at the GA.
AJCOP Presidents past and present keep involved in our
programs and projects. L-R: Lou Solomon, Max Kleinman, Alan Engel, Bill
Bernstein, Danny Allen and Geli (Allan) Gelfond.
COMMUNITY AND PEOPLEHOOD IN A TIME OF PERSONALISM
The topic I’ve been asked to address is one that is
on many of our minds today. In this
group, I don’t need to elaborate on the challenge we face: There are multiple
signs that the commitment to Jewish community and peoplehood as we have
understood these terms is eroding, especially among younger Jews.
We’re not alone in facing this situation.
The developments we see are part
of larger trends in American society. But,
these trends are especially problematic for us as Jews, both because of the
central role that community and peoplehood play in our heritage, and because, as
a small minority, we rely to a considerable extent on our solidarity to preserve
The key question at this stage is not how we got
here – we can debate the details, but the general story is well known.
It is how do we respond – can the commitment to community and
peoplehood be strengthened and, if so, how?
I want to say
at the outset that I believe there are no easy or obvious answers, including the
suggestions I shall offer. We will
need a spirit of openness and experimentation as we test out approaches and look
to see their impact.
One important point is worth noting: The challenge to
community and peoplehood comes from two directions, though the two are not
unrelated. On the one hand, we see
an accentuation of individualism, personalism, and choice as dominant features
in our society and culture. This
thrust, epitomized in what has been called the “sovereign self,” undermines
all a priori loyalties, and especially loyalty to collectives that are perceived
as seeking to impose limits on personal freedom or as setting standards for
behavior that contravene the ultimate decision-making power of the individual. On the other hand, we
also witness today, especially among young people, a heightened commitment to
globalism, multi-culturalism, and universalism. This commitment renders what might be seen as particularistic
loyalties – e.g., loyalty to a specific ethnic group or nation – as morally
problematic. Why should we single
out members of one community or one people for special concern when so many need
Efforts to connect Jews strongly to the Jewish community and to the
Jewish people, including the state of Israel, must contend with both of these
challenges. We must be perceived
neither as too demanding nor too parochial.
We must make the case that attachment to this community and this people
is something that should be chosen, not something that is expected or assumed.
So, what can
we do as a practical matter?
I want to borrow a concept and a strategy from my colleague
and teacher Shlomi Ravid, who now directs the School for Jewish Peoplehood
Studies at Beit Hatefutsot: We need
to invest in building Jewish social, communal, and peoplehood capital.
The concept of social capital, popularized by Robert Putnam in his
influential work, Bowling Alone,
recognizes that underlying the formal structures and institutions of society
lies a sub-structure of relationships and dispositions that are necessary to
sustain these institutions. These
critical dispositions include trust, mutual respect, and norms of reciprocity
that both motivate participation in social institutions and that “lubricate”
their ongoing operations. Without
social capital, institutions eventually go bankrupt and collapse.
People won’t participate, and when they do, they do so without
enthusiasm and deep loyalty.
This line of argument suggests, therefore, that
in order to strengthen the Jewish institutions that comprise the Jewish
community and that give concrete form to the concept of Jewish peoplehood, we
must strengthen the direct connections and concrete relationships among
individual Jews. These
relationships build the trust, concern, commitment, and sense of mutual
responsibility – and also the joys of comradeship and familiarity – that
give substance and spirit to and thereby sustain institutional life.
Focusing on building communal and peoplehood
capital means, in a sense, adopting the advertising slogan of RBS (Royal Bank of
Scotland), “less talk, more action.”
I’m not suggesting that we give up entirely trying to clarify
what we mean by Jewish peoplehood or community, or making the case verbally for
why these concepts are valid and important. But,
I am suggesting that this discussion is not our top priority today, nor that we
need to agree on what we mean by the terms as a pre-requisite for “doing
community and peoplehood.”
What would such an approach focused on building Jewish peoplehood and
social capital mean in concrete terms? Let
me suggest three implications.
The first, and most obvious, is that we need to invest
much more in creating and encouraging participation in experiences that build
social, communal, and peoplehood capital. Birthright
israel is a prime example of how this can be done and the impact it can have.
The evaluation studies that have been undertaken indicate that the power
of birthright israel emanates from several sources:
the free gift of the trip, the carefully crafted educational program,
Israel itself, and, not least, the experience of being with other Jews in both
small and large groups (sometimes more Jews in one place than participants have
ever experienced before) for a concentrated period of time.
This includes Jews from Israel and from other diaspora communities – a
palpable encounter with the reality of global peoplehood.
The impact of birthright Israel, not on every participant, but on many,
and of other programs that bring Jews together in creative and purposeful ways,
highlights the need to create many more such opportunities. When Jews to come
into contact with other Jews in contexts that encourage serious relationships to
develop, the reality of peoplehood is created, regardless of the rhetoric that
is used. Feelings of connection,
mutual responsibility, and shared destiny don’t develop in the abstract, nor
from slogans. They grow out of real experiences.
We have the know-how and the financial capacity to create many such
experiences for youth, for young adults, and for families.
The relative ease of travel and the revolution in technology make forging
such concrete connections more feasible than ever before. But,
connections can be built on much smaller scales as well.
How much might it mean to a young family, perhaps one just starting out
on its Jewish journey thanks to a program like PJ Library, to be connected to
other young families at a similar stage in their lives and in their Jewish
development? We have manifold
opportunities to build community and peoplehood capital. We simply need to seize
focus on social and peoplehood capital suggests that we must not confuse the
current institutional forms of community and peoplehood with their essential
content. I believe that the
fundamentals of human motivation do not change. People still seek connectedness to one another and to
something larger than themselves, just as they seek meaning and mastery over
their own lives. And, people can
still be inspired to take action and to devote themselves to ends beyond their
own pleasure when they experience this connectedness. Too often for too
many, however, our current Jewish institutions don’t provide this kind of
connection and inspiration – these institutions are not building social
capital, at least for a significant portion of our younger Jews. Third, we do need to confront squarely the challenge
not only of personalism, but of universalism, and to do so not just in rhetoric,
but in action. To me, this means
re-positioning Jewish community and peoplehood not as parochial, limiting
categories, but as platforms for an activist engagement with the world that
advances human freedom and dignity. I
believe that over the last few decades, in both our language and our behavior,
we have too often projected a defensive and self-protective communalism – one
focused on survival and “continuity,” even at times an “us vs. them”
argues for the importance of balancing what he calls “bonding” and
“bridging” social capital – connections within a tight group and
connections beyond that group. As
Rabbi Sid Schwarz has pointed out in his excellent book, Judaism
and Justice, there is certainly a basis for emphasizing the importance of
group integrity and self-preservation – what he calls the “Exodus impulse”
– in our history and tradition, not to mention in a world in which threats to
Jewish survival remain all too real. Nonetheless,
I suggest that in today’s world, and especially for younger Jews, we need to
put greater emphasis on the other thrust in our tradition (what Rabbi Schwarz
calls the “Sinai impulse”) that sees our identity as Jews as a “calling”
directed to each of us individually and to all of us collectively to bring
righteousness and justice into the world.
By being visibly engaged in building bridging social capital
we will also, I believe, strengthen bonding social capital.
When young people see a Jewish community, a Jewish people, and a Jewish
state that manifest this commitment, whether by leading the struggle to stop
genocide in Darfur and to resettle the victims or by fighting on behalf of the
poor and immigrants – Jewish and non-Jewish – here in North America or in
Israel, the value and validity of affirming a collective identity as Jews become
This is the
time of year when we are reading the book of Genesis.
It tells a striking story that connects how we became and who we are as a
people to nothing less than the redemption of creation.
Recall the story: God
creates a world that is good, indeed “very good,” a world where humans are
intended to live a paradisal existence. This
is not to be, however, as we humans prove ourselves all too prone to egoism,
avoidance of responsibility, and violence.
God tries again, wiping out all of humanity except for one family.
But, even with a second chance, humans prove arrogant and unruly.
So, God acts again, dividing humans into diverse peoples and tongues.
Less room for conspiracy, perhaps, but no closer to living out the vision
of harmony that is the intent of creation.
And here enters the Jewish people, quietly at first, in a single couple
that must leave their home and start fresh in an unfamiliar land, comforted only
by a promise: “I will make of you
a great nation, and through you will all the families of the earth be
This is the Biblical myth.
Universal redemption is the goal. Forging
a people that is truly dedicated to justice and righteousness is the way.
Throughout the book of Genesis, Abraham, Sarah and their descendents
learn what it is and what it requires to be a people of integrity, compassion,
forgiveness, and peace. Then comes
the greatest lesson of all: the experience of being slaves.
We know how we should treat others, the Torah repeatedly enjoins, because
we were strangers in the land of Egypt. At Sinai, we learn what God means by a “great nation” –
a “holy nation, a kingdom of priests,” striving – and usually failing, we
must be candid – to serve as a light to the nations, a model, an exemplar, and
thereby hasten the day when creation’s harmony will be restored.
in this story – not literally, perhaps, but as a story that helps make my own
personal story, the one I am writing with my life, more meaningful and more
rewarding. This story gives me an
identity and a purpose, and it also suggests where I can find at least some of
those who will write the next chapters of the story with me – among my
community and my people.
I realize that others
will read and write this story somewhat differently than I do – but I don’t
believe that the story has lost its power, even in a time of personalism.
We just need to remember it, to tell it and, above all, to live it, as
individuals, as a community, as a people.
So, this is
what I propose:
strengthen the human connections from which community and peoplehood are woven
through experiences that bring Jews together across all sorts of boundaries.
Let’s continue the work of remaking our institutions and of supporting
new ones that enable Jews to connect with one another and with larger purposes
in their lives. And, let’s live a
vision of Jewish community and peoplehood that is not narrow and tribal, but
that makes us a springboard for strengthening trust, generosity, and mutual
responsibility among all humanity.
If we can do this, then I believe that Jewish community and
peoplehood will have a bright future indeed, and we will see fulfilled the
blessing given to Abraham millennia ago: “I will make of you a great nation
... and through you will all the families of the earth be blessed.”
Development Day & 38th Annual Meeting
AJCOP held a Professional
Development Day and it's 38th Annual Meeting on Monday, August 6, 2007 at the
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County in cooperation with the Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach County, The Jewish Federation of Broward County and the
Greater Miami Jewish Federation. "We Are One: But It Ain't
Easy" was the theme of the day, and Paul Jeser, West Coast Director for
American Committee for Shaare Zedek Medical Center in Jerusalem, took the
redeye in from Los Angeles to deliver Part I of the Sam Hatow Memorial Lecture
on that theme. Jeffrey Klein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of Palm Beach
County, delivered Part II of the Sam Hatow Memorial Lecture, "Future
Challenges to Our Field". Over 130 professionals from the four
federations and several national agencies attended the full day program that
gave plenty of time for networking with colleagues and interacting on topics
crucial to the important work that we do. Many
thanks to our Planning Committee:
Richard Jacobs, Chair; Sarah Berkowitz, Adam Bronstone, Marla Egers, Sara Beth
Levine, Marcy Rosenbaum, Robert Schwartz, Dany Shandler, Daniel Staffenberg,
Robert Tropp, Bruce Yudewitz, Louis Solomon and Marlene Solomon. It was a
The morning began with a
light breakfast and some time to schmooze.
AJCOP Exec Lou Solomon (center) with young
Dahlia Bendavid, Judi Breinin and Eleanor Powers
Alex Rosenberg and Sara Beth Levine.
chat over a cup of coffee.
Lou introduces AJCOP President Alan Engel to Leon Weinerman. They are both from Youngstown, OH, where Alan's father Stanley (z'l) directed the Federation for 45 years.
Paul Jeser, Danny Allen and Harry Nadler
JoAnn Wilson, Bob Schwartz, Debbie Schafer
Matt Fieldman, Lonny Wilk, Bruce Yudewitz
and Alan Engel
Nina Kaplan, Randee Schneider, Scott
Brockman, Ali Berliner, Sharon Cooper
Sharon Cooper, Lisa Stoler and Alan Sherman
The program began with a
welcome from President Bill Bernstein, CEO of the Jewish Federation of South
Palm Beach County. Program chair Dick Jacobs, VP of Community Planning,
Jewish Federation of South Palm Beach County, introduced Paul Jeser, who
delivered Part I of the Sam Hatow Memorial Lecture, "We Are One: But It
Breakout sessions followed
the stimulating talk.
A. Challenges of Our Multi-Cultural Community on Jewish Communal Practice
Presenters: Luis Fleischman, Director,
Jewish Community Relations Council, Jewish Federation of Palm Beach County; Monica
Loebl, Director, International
Division, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Facilitator: Bruce Yudewitz, Chief
Operating Officer, Jewish Federation of Broward County
Luis Fleischman, Bruce Yudewitz and Monica Loebl
B. Building our Global Jewish Community: The Role of the Jewish
Community Organization Professional
Presenters: Hope Cutler, Israel & Overseas Director, Jewish
Federation of Palm Beach County; Harry
Nadler, North American
Representative, World ORT; Robert
Schwartz, Southeast Region Director,
American Friends of Magen David Adom
Facilitators: Marla Weiss Egers, Vice
President, Campaign & Community Development, Jewish Federation of South
Palm Beach County: Robert F. Tropp, Executive Director, SE Region, Boys Town
Jerusalem Foundation of America, Inc.
Harry Nadler, Bob Schwartz, Bob
Tropp and Hope Cutler
C. Creating the Workplace of Choice for a Diverse Professional Cadre
Facilitators: Sarah Berkowitz,
Senior Development Associate, Jewish Federation South Palm Beach County;
Dany Shandler, Director, Human
Resource Development, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Dina Burg (center) shares with
D. Building Your Personal Strategy: Career Advancement in the Jewish
Presenter: Marcy Rosenbaum, Executive
Director, Mandel Center for Excellence in Leadership, Jewish Federation of Palm
Beach County, Represen tative, Professional Leaders Project, Jewish Leaders
Facilitator: Daniel Staffenberg, Director,
Major Gifts, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
Danny Staffenberg and Marcy Rosenbaum
Morning Breakouts were
followed by a wonderful lunch and the AJCOP 38th Annual Meeting.
AJCOP Presidents, past present and future participated.
Dick Jacobs, Lou Solomon, Bill Bernstein, Alan Engel and Danny Allen.
Nominating Chair Danny Allen gave the election results and
drew the winning Early Renewal Lottery number announced by Associate Director of
AJCOP, Marlene Solomon.
Bill Bernstein gave the State of AJCOP address and presented Leon Weinerman a ertificate as 2007 Rodkin Israel Experience Fellow.
Alan Engel presents Bill Bernstein a small token of our
appreciation for his leadership of AJCOP.
Jeffrey Klein delivers Part II of the Sam Hatow Memorial Lecture, "Future Challenges to Our Field".
Dany Shandler comes to the mike during "Ask the Exec", and impromptu open session with the CEOs.
The day winds up with an
Ideas and Best Practices Exchange by Discipline:
Facilitator: Suzanne Andisman,
Campaign Director, JF of Broward County
Facilitator: Dina Burg, Assistant
Director, Campaign, JF of South Palm Beach County
Planned Giving & Endowments
Facilitator: Joel Breitstein, Foundation
Executive Director, JF of Palm Beach County
Financial & Administration
Facilitator: Bruce Yudewitz, COO,
JF of Broward County
Facilitator: Judy Gilbert-Gould, JCRC
Director, Greater Miami Jewish Federation
National Agency Professionals
Regional Dir./Asst. Exec VP, SE Region,
AFMDA and Robert
Tropp,Executive Director, Boys Town
Jerusalem Fdtn. Of America, Inc.
Marketing & Communications
Pearl, Communications Director, JF of
Facilitator: Sara Beth Levine, Assistant
Director, Mandel Center, JF of Palm Beach County
Young Leadership Development
Facilitator: Scott Brockman, Campaign
Outreach Director, JF of Palm Beach
Planning & Allocations
Facilitator: Adam Bronstone, Planning
Director, JF of Broward County
Israel & Overseas
Elise Dolgow, JCRC Director, JF of South Palm Beach County
It wasn't easy, but it was a great day!
AJCOP Retirees Reunion
AJCOP held its 5th Annual
Retirees Reunion Luncheon on Wednesday, February 21, 2007 at the Jewish
Federation of South Palm Beach County. Chaired by Murray Schneier and
Norman Schimelman, AJCOP President Bill Bernstein was on hand to greet his
retired colleagues and bring them up to speed on where the organization is
going. Bruce Yudewitz and Randee Schneider made presentations on the
Strategic Plan Implementation Process of the Demographic Studies done by Ira
Sheshkin in 2005/06. It was a great day!
Cooper, Murray Kamen, Bruce Yudewitz, Murray Schneier, Herman Markowitz, Lowell
Lander, Edith Steindler, Norman Schimelman, Dick Jacobs, Randee Schneider, Mike
Fischer, Lou Solomon, Joel Telles.
Presenters Randee Schneider, Planning Staff Associate, Jewish Federation
of Palm Beach County and Bruce Yudewitz, Director of Planning and Allocations,
Greater Miami Jewish Federation with AJCOP Exec, Lou Solomon.
AJCOP at the GA in Los
Judah Segal, Exec of the Raleigh-Cary
visits with Howard Ross, Exec of the JF of Northern Louisiana.
Jeff Feld, Executive Director of the
Memphis Jewish Federation,
says "Ha-shana ha-ba'ah b' Nashville! Y'all come now, y'hear!
Lee Wunsch, CEO of the JF of Greater
Houston runs out for lunch
with his good friend Eric Stillman, Exec of the UJC of Broward County.
Marc Blattner, COO of the Atlanta
Federation with Lou Solomon, AJCOP Exec.
Bonnie Cousens, Executive Director of the Society. for
and daughter Beth Cousens, Director for Campus Advancement,
Hillel: Foundation for Jewish Campus Life in Washington,
D.C. are mother/daughter AJCOP members.
Lou Solomon, AJCOP Exec, catches up with Danny
past AJCOP president and Executive Vice President
of the American Friends of Magen David Adom and his son Uri.
David Edell, President of DRG, Inc. with his niece Karen
Karen, a Senior Federal Grants Advisor for UJC in Washington D.C.
and granddaughter of Norman Edell, z'l, is our first 3rd
generation AJCOP member!
held its Awards Reception
Sunday evening, November 12, 2006
at 8:30 p.m.
in the Beaudry Salon of
the Westin Bonaventure Hotel, Los Angeles
honoring our colleagues
Maxyne Finkelstein, 2006 AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Awardee,
, AJCOP Norman Edell 2006 Fellow.
of the Executive of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist Organization,
presented a special briefing on the
current situation in Israel.
Committee included Mitch Orlik, Lee Rosenblum, Rebecca Sobelman-Stern, Bill
Bernstein, Lou and Marlene Solomon. Alan Engel, President Elect of AJCOP,
served as emcee. Our
thanks to Wells Fargo for generously sponsoring this event.
Finkelstein was presented with the AJCOP Mandelkorn Distinguished Service Award
for 2006 by longtime colleague Mitch Orlik.
Grunes was presented with the AJCOP Norman Edell Fellowship by Alan Engel, Edell
Chairman of the Executive of the Jewish Agency and the World Zionist
Organization, presented a special professional briefing on the current situation
David Edell (L)
and Karen Edell Yoskowitz (R) congratulate Tova Grunes on behalf of the entire
Edell family. Karen represents the third generation of AJCOP members in
the Edell family.
Rosenblum, Mitch Orlik, and Lou Solomon thank Jonathan Weedman (representing
Wells Fargo) for their generous sponsorship of our Awards Reception.
crowd was on hand for the event.
Jerry and Ruby
Bubis draw a crowd of former students of the School of Jewish Communal Service
at HUC. (L-R):Front:Mitch Orlik, Ruby Bubis, Marlene Solomon, (Middle): Alan
Gelfond, Lee Rosenblum, Jerry Bubis, Rick Meyer, (Back): Lou Solomon.
Don't they look great!
|Howard Ross, Steve
Terner and Gloria Schwartz, all Small City Execs, shared "coffee and"
at the reception.
Rubin and Marilyn Chandler Foreman
||Seth and Karen
congratulates Tova Grunes
congratulates Maxyne Finkelstein.
It was a wonderful evening!
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Monday morning, November 13, 2006, AJCOP, WCJCS
and JCSA cosponsored a session
recognizing our professional colleagues from Israel, who have rendered
extraordinary service during the war in Lebanon, and to honor our young
professionals for their outstanding performances.
Abrahamson, 14th Street Y, Educational Alliance, Ilana Aisen,
American Jewish World Service and Alisha Goodman, Jewish Board of Family &
Children’s Services, received the JCSA 2006 Young Professional Awards.
Shahar, Deputy Director Ashalim, JDC-Israel, received an award presented by Steven
Schwager, Executive Vice President, JDC
Field Staff of the Jewish Agency for Israel, was recognized for their
outstanding work during the Summer War of 2006, presented by Moshe Vigdor,
Secretary General of JAFI.
Blum, Deputy Director, UJC-Israel, accepted an award from Sam Astrof, COO, UJC.
Comet, WJCJS Exec, Brenda Gevertz, JCSA Exec and Lou Solomon, AJCOP Exec
Aronowitz, JCSA President, Bill Bernstein, AJCOP President and Max Kleinman,
TED WANTS YOU!
Comet wants to remind all of you to attend the 11th Quadrennial Conference of
the World Council of Jewish Communal Service in Jerusalem
June 24-26, 2007.
Last updated, February 4, 2009
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