What is the General Assembly (GA) you might ask? Chaired nationally by Baltimore’s own Genine and Josh Fidler and Linda and Steven Hurwitz, the GA is an annual conference hosted by Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) and is the largest Jewish philanthropic conference. The last time the General Assembly was in Baltimore was in 1991. Twenty-one years later, this is our opportunity, as Jewish young leaders, to show the rest of the Jewish world what makes Jewish Baltimore so strong.
We are the future leaders. We are the future philanthropists. And, at this conference, we will discuss the critical issues facing the global Jewish community today while learning and networking with today’s leaders in workshops and plenary sessions. The GA also provides an opportunity for socializing and connecting with new and old friends, colleagues and decision-makers.
As a Baltimore Jewish young leader there are plenty of opportunities for you to get involved. On October 24, you will have an opportunity to meet Genine Fidler, co-chair of the GA and register to attend or volunteer for the conference, while attending THE ASSOCIATED’s Business and Professionals Group panel discussion “How Red and Blue Affect your Green.”
On Sunday, November 11, join other Jewish young leaders for a meaningful learning opportunity with Brian Mandell, Director of the Harvard Kennedy School of Negotiation Project. Mr. Mandell teaches about the theory and art of negotiations and writes about contentious disputes. Previously, he was a strategic analyst for the Canadian Department of National Defense, specializing in UN peacekeeping and the implementation of arms control agreements.
Following the wonderful Baltimore Community Event, Monday evening, November 12, at the National Aquarium, hosted by THE ASSOCIATED: Jewish Community Federation of Baltimore, where you will mix and mingle with GA attendees, dine on local cuisine and listen to live music, young leaders will make their way to an after-party at Power Plant Live to socialize, network and continue the party!
If hands-on volunteering is of interest to you, THE ASSOCIATED will be partnering with Jewish Volunteer Connection, a local program of THE ASSOCIATED, and Ruach Tova, an organization in Israel that sponsors a nationwide Good Deeds Day. We will pick two set times during the GA to participate and two to three volunteer projects to showcase.
There are opportunities for everyone to explore the GA! Attend the Conference (at a discounted rate of $349 for Baltimore attendees and a one-day only registration option for $199).
Or, become a volunteer. Hundreds of volunteers are needed to serve as community ambassadors to GA participants from all over the world. Volunteer for a three hour shift at the Convention Center or one of the hotels and show participants why we are called Charm City. We hope to see you there.