Kenissa Cross-Training

December 3-5, 2017
Pearlstone Conference Center
Reisterstown, MD

Goals

Kenissa venn diagram: A large peach circle labeled kedusha / sacred purpose encloses several overlapping circles. The largest of these is a purple circle labeled kehilla / community; overlapping a small portion of the bottom of this circle is a smaller green circle labeled yetzirah / creativity. Almost enclosed by the purple circle and overlapping both each other and the green circle, are a blue circle labeled chochma / wisdom and a red circle labeled tzedek / justice.

  1. Participants understand the Venn diagram and can use it to deepen their work.
  2. Participants build relationships across the Kenissa Network as teachers and learners.
  3. In “home teams,” participants make direct application of new wisdom and ideas to their work back home.

Draft Agenda

SUNDAY DECEMBER 3

2 pm WELCOME and CONTEXT

  • Joining the group
  • Overview of Kenissa Cross-Training
  • Introduction to the Venn diagram

3:15 pm HOME TEAMS

  • “What We Do Best” and goal setting

4:15 pm SESSION #1: KEHILLAH
Workshops focused on Covenantal Community

  1. Led by Hart Levine, Beis Community
  2. Led by Rachel Gildiner (Executive Director) and Aaron Potek (Community Rabbi), Gather DC

6:15 pm DINNER

7:30 pm EVENING SESSION: What is Covenantal Community?

  • Learnings from afternoon sessions
  • Presentation from Rabbi Sid Schwarz
  • Small group application work

MONDAY DECEMBER 4

7 am MORNING GATHERING

8 am BREAKFAST

9 am SESSION #2: KEDUSHA/SACRED PURPOSE and YETZIRA/ARTS
Workshops focused on capacity building in two portals:

  1. Kedusha: Led by Carrie Bornstein, Executive Director of Mayyim Hayyim
  2. Yetzira: Led by Jessica Deutsch, Artist and creator of The Illustrated Pirkei Avot

10:30 am BREAK

11:00 am SESSION #3: BUILDING ORGANIZATIONAL CAPACITY
Workshops on:

  • Funding and growth
  • Management and development of self as a leader
  • Organizational culture and alignment

12:30 pm LUNCH and BREAK

2:00 pm SESSION #4: TZEDEK/SOCIAL JUSTICE and CHOCHMA/WISDOM
Workshops focused on capacity building in two portals:

3:30 pm BREAK

4:00 pm INTEGRATING THE DAY

  • Application in Home Teams
  • Reworking the Venn Diagram

5:30 BREAK

6:30 pm DINNER

7:30 pm DEEPENING COMMUNITY
Open Space convenings

TUESDAY DECEMBER 5

7 am MORNING GATHERING

8 am BREAKFAST

9 am LEADING ADAPTIVELY

10:30 am BREAK and TRANSITION

11 am GOING FORWARD

  • Opportunities with the Kenissa Network
  • Home Teams: Next Steps

Closing Circle

12:30 pm LUNCH and DEPARTURE