Announcing — The Second Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion!

With the generous support of The Ruderman Family Foundation, the second Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion will be held November 16 - 20, 2014 at the Pearlstone Center near Baltimore, Maryland. The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation is generously providing funds to offset the costs of participant travel to this event. The Center offers comfortable, private accommodations and Kosher meals. The cost of the Leadership Institute (Sunday, November 16 through Thursday November 20) is $1,000 per person. This covers all training and materials as well as private rooms and meals at the Pearlstone Center. In addition to the $1000 fee, you will need to cover travel costs to Baltimore and the cost of a shuttle to and from the Baltimore Washington Airport or the Baltimore Amtrak Station (under $100 roundtrip). We are able to provide some travel stipends to offset the cost of travel as needed through the generous support of The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation. A limited number of scholarships to waive or reduce the $1,000 participation fee are also available. We encourage the participation of professionals and lay leaders of Jewish organizations that provide services to the community. We encourage the participation of professionals and lay leaders of all local and national Jewish organizations.

Ruderman Family Foundation     Jewish Leadership Institute on on Disability and Inclusion
The Harry and Jeanette Weinberg Foundation

All applications need to be submitted electronically by September 4, 2014. Applications are available here.

What is the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion?

The Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion is built on the belief that engaging communities to develop inclusion initiatives requires providing comprehensive and collaborative support to those communities, and by offering Jews with disabilities multiple points of entry in their communities. To build this initiative we provide leadership development to lay and professional leaders who represent Jewish organizations that specifically serve people with disabilities and "mainstream" Jewish organizations that serve the Jewish community in a variety of capacities.

Ruderman Family Foundation

The Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion is powered by the Ruderman Family Foundation. The mission of the Ruderman Family Foundation is to create and promote innovation that fosters inclusion of people with disabilities in the Jewish community and Israel, and to strengthen relationships between Israel and the U.S. Jewish community. For more information, please visit www.rudermanfoundation.org

See sample schedule to get a feel for the richness of a Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion.

Learn more about the speakers of the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion here.

The focus will be on determining and setting organizational direction, moving the organization to a high-performance model and building a lifetime network of peers and leaders to sustain career growth.

Topics That Will be Covered:

  • The history of the field as a context for change and trends for the future;
  • Understanding one's own strengths and needs relevant to leadership;
  • Managing people, budgets and organizational relationships;
  • Understanding the connections between Jewish values and those that guide supports for people with disabilities;
  • Determining your own values and influences and how these impact your role as leader;
  • Achieving true self-directed supports;
  • Managing for quality and outcomes to meet the needs and desires of people with disabilities and their families;
  • Funding inclusion;
  • Strategic planning, strategically-driven decision making, and organizational change;
  • Creating a cross-organizational inclusion initiative;
  • Selecting and supporting quality staff;
  • Assuring commitment to positive values/promoting a positive organizational culture;
  • Building leadership within one's organization and community;
  • Applying strategies for problem-solving;
  • Adapting to philosophical, organizational, and public policy shifts;
  • Having a positive impact on public policy and the future of services.

Links to more information:

To apply online, click here.

To learn more about the Jewish Leadership Institute on Disabilities and Inclusion, e-mail Nancy Weiss at nweiss@udel.edu.