Friday, December 12, 2014

JPro Breakfast: A Celebration for the Pros

On Wednesday, December 10, more than fifty professionals attended the third Jewish Professional Network (JPro) breakfast. The Chanukah breakfast, dubbed “A Celebration for the Pros,” was a joyous holiday gathering over latkes and sufganiyot. However, the event was not all fun and driedling.

The breakfast convened with an opening speech from Rabbi Michael Berk of Congregation Beth Israel, who discussed the complex and deep-rooted history of the San Diego Jewish community – dating back more than 100 years. Rabbi Berk highlighted a central theme of Chanukah – finding and being a source of light – in our everyday professional and personal lives.

Attendees were asked to gather into small breakout groups based on their roles and departments. The groups each sat at round tables and the various clusters consisted of: communications, development, administrative, programming (youth, teen, and young adults), and accounting professionals. Similar to speed dating – but minus the dating – attendees were asked to speak to each person at their table, one-on-one, for five minutes, until they had spoken to everyone in their group.
Intellectual exchange, chatter, and laughter filled the Social Hall of Congregation Beth Israel. The Jewish Federation of San Diego County is proud to sponsor the JPro Network. “ The attendance of this year’s JPro events have been phenomenal and the programs seem to be well received by Jewish community professionals,” said Kara Liederman, JPro Steering Committee member and Development Manager at Federation. “The JPro team is working to develop some amazing programs that we’re excited to deliver in 2015.”

About JPro:

The Federation supported JPro Network aims to empower San Diego Jewish communal professionals with innovative ideas and best practices to impact the sector through community-wide educational and leadership programs. To learn more about JPro and future events visit their Facebook page


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