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Professional Development

Welcome to IAN University's Professional Development courses! Below are upcoming courses, resources, and more. These courses are open to Federation and JCRC professionals and lay leadership.

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Upcoming Courses

Celebrating Black History Month

February 10th, 2021, 1:00-2:00 pm
Building Resilient Relationships and Partnerships: Race Relations in the Jewish Community and Public Square

As part of our programming for Black History Month, join IAN for an interactive professional development training where we will explore initiatives and strategies that JCRCs and Federations utilize when engaging in intergroup relations with Jewish and non-Jewish people of color. How can we grow and strengthen our own individual and organizational capacity in this area of focus?

Navigating Difficult Conversations Around Israel: How to Deal with Polarization and Maintain Civility Within Your Federation or CRC

This multipart series will build off the conversations we had during FedLab's Owning the Center track. The following sessions will provide opportunities for more intensive learning. Together with our partners, IAN will be tackling several of today's major divides between factions of the Jewish community and presenting you with facilitation tools you can use to foster unity and hold space for a wide range of voices.

What's the Process? Keeping Stakeholders Engaged with Rebecca Dinar
Wednesday, February 24 at 2:00 PM EST

Join IAN and Rebecca Dinar, Associate Vice President of Marketing & Communications at JFNA to learn tools that have been helpful for Federations in navigating contentions and polarizing issues and demonstrate how we can focus on how to engage the internal and external stakeholders in our process before we need them. We will learn ways in which Federations have successfully engaged stakeholders around their priorities, and we'll put our skills to the test through some interactive exercises. 

Convening Diverse Groups in Our Jewish Communities
Wednesday, March 10 at 12 PM EST

Join IAN and Federation professionals from around the country to build on what we learned during our Fedlab track, Owning the Center, as we discuss bringing diverse groups within the Jewish community into the room. This course is open to Jewish professionals and invited lay leaders. 

Building a Culture of Dialogue on Israel - a Two-Part Series with Resetting the Table
March 4th, 2021 and March 18th, 2020 @ 12 PM EST

Open to a limited amount of Federation and JCRC professionals, these train-the-trainer workshops will provide community leaders with replicable tools they can use when convening a group for dialogue on Israel and other charged issues across differences of viewpoint, generation, and background. The methodology will be practice-based and experiential, with participants walking through exercises they can bring to their own communities. Come prepared to share your own views and experiences, practice communication skills for addressing differences, and learn best practices and success stories from other communities.