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November 7-8, 2023*
Chicago, IL

*Immediately following FedPro



This 2-day network-building experience will explore cutting-edge and effective strategies, featuring real-world examples, case studies and research drawn from a decade of investment in new models of Jewish teen engagement.

You will leave with a roadmap for:

  • integrating new frameworks and outcomes for tweens & teens in model design

  • impactful and replicable engagement models

  • the latest data to shape your programs

  • a toolkit to measure Jewish impact

  • a diverse national network



We'll kick off with a hands-on workshop led by Chicago's famed The Second City. Together we'll translate their legendary laughs into the mindsets, behaviors and skills that lead to rapid innovation.


DAY 1 / Nov. 7


Mingling & Nibbles



The Second City Workshop


Official Welcome and Kick-Off!

  • The latest trends about Gen Alpha

  • What we know about Teens, Parents & Youth Professionals: distilling data from 10 years of the Funder Collaborative

  • Break-outs: bringing this back to your community


Design over Dinner
Collaborative art project over dinner and drinks

DAY 2 / Nov. 8


Engagement Today: Enduring Questions & Evolving Solutions




PRESENTATION: New frameworks for focusing solutions 

  • Breakouts

    • Operationalizing the Outcomes Deeper Dive 

      • rubric and key indicators

    • Incentivizing Via Grants 

      • Darren and local organization(s)

    • Adapting the Outcomes for Professional Staff (Diana/Baltimore)

    • Connecting the 14 Outcomes with Youth Wellbeing 

      • BeWell (Beth)




Hands-On Skill Building (Choose One)

  • Teens as Co-Creators (Rebecca, Lisa, Marie)

    • Microgrants, social innovation

  • Centering Teen Voices (Sarina, Jessie, Diana)

    • 18 Under 18, Vox 

  • Relational Engagement Curriculum - Dena

    • San Diego (Wendy?) and Brett and the Well-Being Appendix with Beth



Utilizing Data & Research / What We Know

  • Panel presents data from Teen, Teen Mental Health, Parent and YP surveys

  • plated lunch with ‘Table Captains’ For discussion - ‘now that I know X, I will do Y’ or community discussions


Hands-On Skill Building (Choose One)

  • Designing effective PD 

    • Mentoring (Dana / SF)

    • Survey results and implications

    • Co-working days, Kehilla 

      • Models in Youth Mental Health (Beth with Lisa Ellison, Brett)

Educator Reticence in Teaching the Israeli/Palestinian Conflict (Karen Freyman, Tal Gozani, Israel Education Travel Alliance)


  • Design Sprint that weaves it all together  

    • led by ish 

    • Self-directed breakouts 

      • FC funders -> sustainability planning (Sara)

      • FC implementers -> designing their network (Eliana)

      • Mental health strategies (Beth)

      • Teen strategies (Dena)

      • General TBD



The Bigger Game


DAY 1 / Nov. 7


Registration Opens



The Social Hour

Enjoy a warm and cozy welcome with nibbles and networking before the convening officially kicks off.



Come Play With Us: The Second City

A new world requires new skills: from flexibility and adaptability, to communication and collaboration, to creativity and innovation. This playful session provides tools and frameworks to navigate uncertain, changing or challenging work environments.


Setting the Stage: New Paradigms

A decade of re-imaging Jewish teen engagement and has yielded pioneering  approaches, rich insights and effective new programs. We'll unpack the highlights.

Breakout sessions will explore:

  • Strengthening Relationships Between Funders and Grantees

  • Using the Outcomes to Elevate Program Design

  • Applying the 14 Outcomes to Youth Well-being

  • Measuring & Evaluating Outcome-Driven Teen Programs



Refuel & Reconnect

Recharge for the evening ahead, or enjoy quiet reflective space during the break.


Design Over Drinks

Design pays a critical role in simplifying the complex, driving problem solving, and uncovering tools for transformation.


The Design Museum of Chicago will lead a Collaborative Art Project over cocktails & mocktails . We'll re-examine what we think we know, and begin to look at existing opportunities in unexpected ways.



Supper Club
Continue your conversations and our collaborative art project over a nourishing meal and sweet treats.


Social Hour, Cont'd

From rooftop bars with a view to coffee houses, a leisurely walk along the lakefront or a quiet chat at the hotel, we'll offer several different opportunities to continue conversations, deepen connections and savor the city.



Ideas Exchanges

The two days are designed to maximize resource and idea sharing. You'll have a chance to be inspired by, show off and share resources ranging from current program offerings to cool branded swag.

DAY 2 / Nov. 8

Service of the Heart (Avodat Lev)

Start your day with this optional intention-setting. Facilitated by Liana Rothman, Jewish Youth Climate Movement.

Breakfast to follow at 7:30 am

Enduring Questions & Evolving Solutions

Teens engagement has been at the heart of the Jewish community for decades. Discover what remains true, and makes things different, for the largest generation in history.


We'll distill the GenZ data and share our research to inform winning engagement strategies. Small group conversations will break down critical data from cross-communal studies about Teens, Parents & Youth Professionals so you can apply key take-aways to your own work.

Choose Your Workshop / Shape Your Strategy 

Centering Youth Voices: Co-create with and empower your audience via teen microgrants, social innovation fellowships, non-traditional leadership roles and board representation. 

Digital Discovery: Increase teen participation and decrease professional territorialism with a magic marketing mix of one-stop websites and word-of mouth campaigns.

Expanding the Ecosystem: Support the needs of parents to build community, and foster an engagement pipeline by reconsidering the role of middle-school outreach.

The War In Israel / Heart, Head, and Hands: What does war in Israel mean to youth-serving professionals? Safely explore the evolving events in Israel at this moment in time and plan for the future. How do we, as professionals, hold tension in this space and meet our own needs as we serve the young people in our ecosystems?
Dr. Keren Freiman & Rabbi Dena Shaffer 

A Community View: Gain funder perspectives on structuring, sustaining and evaluating robust teen initiatives.  

Choose Your Workshop / Shape Your Strategy 

Relationships First: By prioritizing people over programs, adopt a step-by-step methodology proven to cultivate inclusive communities of belonging and positive youth development.

Incentivizing Program Innovation: Learn to ignite creative sparks in teens and professionals, and how to guide partners as they transform wild ideas into trailblazing programs.

The Power of Professional Development: Explore why and how to build a strong network of supported youth professionals in your community and/or organization.

The Complexity of Israel Education: Embrace the complexity of Israel education with a deep understanding of educators' knowledge and needs (with Dr. Keren E. Fraiman, Spertus Institute, Tal Gozani, Israel Educational Travel Alliance at JFNA, and Dan Tatar, The iCenter.)

New Models in Youth Mental Health: Draw on the strength of Jewish tradition, trainings & grants to increase teen well-being.

Refuel & Reconnect

Recharge for the afternoon ahead over lunch, and connect directly with a variety of youth-serving programs.

  • How do we facilitate compelling, intentional experiences that value multiple expressions of Judaism? BBYO

  • Does the youth serving world take Tikkun Olam far enough to make it the center of an authentic, resilient Jewish life? Tivnu

  • How do you support yourself and others after a traumatic death in your community? The Blue Dove Foundation

  • How can we offer young people genuine experiences that encourage them to be “changemakers?” Honeycomb

  • What would it look like to leverage the Jewish community and bring a new lens to mental health and wellness for teens and young adults? Bamidbar

  • How will this crisis impact Israel educational travel and immersive experiences for young people? Israel Educational Travel Alliance 

  • How can we recognize and support teens who are actively working to repair our broken world? Diller Tikkun Olam Awards

  • What's toxic about 'toxic masculinity?' How can we support healthy gender expression in our teen communities? BBYO

  • How do Gen-Z Jewish identities, community, and collective experiences shape their leadership and engagement with the broad social issues of our time? Adamah

  • Are today's teens less resilient than previous generations? The Wellness Institute

  • What are the benefits of and best practices in seeding alumni engagement and connection with current teens? Jewish Future Pledge

  • How can we use new media to keep Jewish teens connected everyday AND in these challenging times?
    Lost Tribe 

  • Why I Love What I Do. Community & Jewish Life

  • How can Jewish communities support and equip teens to identify, navigate or push back against antisemitism? TribeTalk

  • How can we uplift teen voices in the prevention of domestic abuse? Shalom Task Force


Design Sprint

This guided process will channel your caffeine-fueled genius into a cohesive plan of action' so you can turn 'what if' into 'what's next.' Our expert facilitator will help make sense of the sticky notes, scribbled sketches, and creative chaos over the past two days. Whether you're a design-sprint newbie or seasoned pro, you'll leave inspired to conquer the teen engagement world.


The Journey Continues

After the convening, keep the relationships alive and supercharge your network with The Name Game.




Supercharge Your Network

Get ready to play! We’ve teamed up with Intros AI to bring you a new networking tool to connect with others and build a bigger, better community together.

Answer a few fun questions about your networking interests and goals and, like magic, the Name Game will connect you to other Ignite attendees across the country for 1:1 conversations and suggestions to meet up during the gathering.

Grow your work, share your wisdom, and spark creative partnerships.




All meals are included 

All certified Kosher


The Palmer House Hilton

17 E. Monroe Street

Chicago, IL 60603


$180 + Hotel and Travel

$72 for those attending FedPro


We Are At Capacity

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NOVEMBER 7-8, 2023  |  CHICAGO, IL

For questions or to request travel subsidies, please contact Beth Lipschutz
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