Laying In-Roads: Engaging Jews in their 20s and 30s Through Lay Leadership

By Dena Wachtel Stein

Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service, December 2010

As the Jewish community evolves it is imperative that organizations keep up with the dynamic rate of change if they want to survive. Lay leadership is one area where this change is sorely needed. Agencies must create a quality succession plan and actively seek engagement of young professionals. This thesis examines two programs at Jewish agencies in New York City that are actively engaging young professionals and grooming them for participation with the organization and board leadership: Observership through UJA-Federation of New York and Global Circle, an initiative of American Jewish World Service. Through an in depth look at these programs, including interviews with participants, program directors, and professionals, the thesis identifies factors that brought the participants to the program and led to their future involvement choices. It offers recommendations for organizations that are interested in engaging young professionals onto their boards.

Topic: Organizational Development, Non-Professional Leadership, Jewish Federations, Young Adults, Engagement, Lay Leadership, Jewish Organizations, Governance

Name of Publication: HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses

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Genre: Thesis

Coverage: New York, New York , United States

Language: English

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Wachtel Stein, Dena. Laying In-Roads: Engaging Jews in their 20s and 30s Through Lay Leadership. HUC-JIR School of Jewish Nonprofit Management (formerly School of Jewish Communal Service) Masters Theses. Hebrew Union College - Jewish Institute of Religion School of Jewish Communal Service. December 2010: http://www.bjpa.org/Publications/details.cfm?PublicationID=8035


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