Federation think tank seeks community input

Members of the Jewish community are invited to attend “Think Tank 2020” on Wednesday, May 2, from 5:15 to 6:45 p.m. at the Tucson Jewish Community Center. The event, convened by the Jewish Federation of Southern Arizona, will launch a strategic planning process to explore issues of importance to the Southern Arizona Jewish community. It will begin with a wine and cheese reception followed by round-table discussions. The think tank will be chaired by community volunteer Terry Perl and led by planning consultant Christina Rossetti.

A follow-up to the 2002 Community Population Study and Visioning Project, the think tank will initiate a process in which the Federation will review its planning and community progress over the past two decades, with the goal of establishing strategic directions for the next three to five years. “We want to really engage the community in this process,” says Perl. “Community input will be invaluable as we set our course for the future.”

Based on initial discussions with Federation, agency and synagogue leaders, the following key planning issues were identified:

• Leadership development, including designing a platform for engaging the next generation of leaders in a new era of social media and technological change

• Outreach and engagement across age and geographic continuums

• Federation’s approach to funding/allocations and priority setting, which will incorporate the Federation’s relationship to local, national, and overseas partners

To participate in the think tank, RSVP to Jane Scott at the Federation at 577-9393 or jscott@jfsa.org, or register online at jewishtucson.org.