JPRO19: What Connects Us

Detroit, MI, USA

August 12-14, 2019

JPRO19: What Connects Us
is the seminal conference for hundreds of Jewish communal professionals from across North America to connect and reimagine what thriving Jewish institutions will look like, who will lead them, and what impact they will collectively have on the world in the 21st Century. Join us August 12-14 in Detroit, a city with a rich history of innovation and reinvention, as the city becomes a learning lab for Jewish communal professionals. JPRO19 brings together professionals who are not ordinarily in relationship with one another – across generations, geography, organization types, roles, and much more – to deepen connections, make progress on issues that are at the forefront of our collective work, and strengthen their individual capacity to lead. Here are a few of the things you can look forward to at this year’s conference:

● Valuable and enduring connections to support network growth and enhance job-based collaboration;

● Powerful content drawing from Detroit’s rich local context and philanthropic leaders across the nation;

● Targeted skill-building to help hone individual and collective leadership;

● Restorative spaces for learning and reflection;

● Participant-driven discussions and workshops;

● ...and so much more!


Monday Afternoon:
Immersive Detroit Experiences

Monday Night:
Opening Bash - Offsite Celebration

Tuesday Morning and Afternoon:
Track-based Programming

Tuesday Night:
After Hours Party (following dinner on your own)

Wednesday Morning: Closing
Programs: Jigsaw Session; Weaving it Together

Convening for Leaders of JPRO Local Groups


Interested in Sponsoring JPRO19, please email Ilana to set up a discussion.


JPRO19 will feature four themes of great relevance and interest to professionals in the field and show that the most unexpected discoveries can happen when diverse topics, people, and ideas converge in one space. Tracks will anchor the first one and a half days of the conference and will offer deeper opportunities for networking, learning, and discovery for all participants. Each track will also feature:

● Opportunities to learn from Jewish organizations that are playing a lead role in the area;

● Jewish learning provided by scholars-in-residence;

● Learning with local leaders from non-profits, businesses, civic, and academic institutions;

● Focused opportunities for individuals at different stages of work (e.g. early career, mid-career, executive-level) as well as career development workshops that tie to the theme.

Designing Workplaces for the Future will tackle topics from career development, work-life balance, and co-working, to technology innovations that are reshaping the work environment within Jewish communal institutions.

Civil Discourse in Complex Times will explore how Jewish professionals and institutions can work across a set of issues to navigate this partisan climate and make choices about friends, allies and partners in contentious times.

Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion will explore strategies in building diverse workplaces where employees thrive from a sense of inclusion, positivity, and respect, and where the strength of collective differences creates teams that drive even greater community impact.

Building Resilient Communities in Times of Disaster will explore how leaders have mobilized their communities during times of natural and manmade disaster to emerge stronger as they recover, rebuild, and restore dignity.

Please sign-up here and we’ll make sure you’re the first to know when registration opens in March so you can take advantage of early bird discounts.