LEADING the community through a pandemic requires quick thinking, innovation and resourcefulness.
The Australian Jewish Funders (AJF) is providing communal leaders with key skills to navigate their organisations through COVID-19, said co-chair of the AJF, Simone Szalmuk-Singer.
To ensure social distancing, the LaunchPad program will be delivered online this year over a three-month period, with the first session on Tuesday, September 1. Applications are currently open until August 9.
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“Now, more than ever, we need leaders to proactively innovate and collaborate so as to ensure that our communal infrastructure remains a relevant driver of Australian Jewish identity and continuity for years to come,” Szalmuk-Singer commented.
The AJF’s LaunchPad, open to senior professional or lay leaders of communal organisations, teaches skills for the purpose of ensuring a thriving, vibrant and engaged Jewish community.
LaunchPad retreat alumni and CEO of UJEB Itzik Sztokman said it is “inspiring to see how LaunchPad has pivoted to address the immediate need of supporting communal leadership during this time of uncertainty”.
He added, “We are all facing many challenges, to have a platform to share and learn with leaders across the country will assist not only our own organisations enormously, but that of our entire community.”
Partnering with Shalom and JCA, LaunchPad offers participants the opportunity to develop their personal leadership skills, connect with like-minded leaders, and collaborate with other organisations.
CEO of the AJF, Tracie Olcha, remarked, “AJF has seen firsthand through programming and our deep connection with donors the urgency to support communal organisations as they face unprecedented challenges.
“By empowering both lay and professional leaders to connect, think, create and lead together, LaunchPad Leadership will provide opportunities for leaders and the organisations they represent to drive meaningful engagement and connection in Jewish life.”
Over the past few months, the LaunchPad team has been offering a variety of online sessions to highlight topics including
current trends and experiences in philanthropy, organisational leadership in a time of crisis, and the behavioural perspective of COVID-19.
For more information and to apply, visit launchpadoz.org/launchpad-leadership.