We hope this note finds you and your family in good health.
We are thrilled that so many of you joined us for our ChampionsGate
conference call on Wednesday! For those of you who were unable to join,
please click here for an audio recording of the call (click the link, enter your first name- that is all that's required- and submit) and click here to read the minutes.
for a copy of the ChampionsGate Mid-Year Report that was mailed to you
last week. The Report highlights some of the initiatives we have been
working on with our ChampionsGate Community and were mentioned in the
conference call. These are projects that have emerged directly from our
work together at past conferences.
CHAMPIONSGATE COMMUNITY UPDATES:
First, we have formally launched "The Guide to Community Growth: A How-to Kit"-
an outstanding resource, which, along with the "YUvillage" website,
markets exceptional emerging Jewish communities to young families
around North America. This entire effort would not have been possible
without the tireless dedication and vision of the ChampionsGate
Leadership Task Force Team who, together with our Department of
Community Initiatives, helped shape and implement this project from
beginning to end. We thank and acknowledge Co-Chairs Rick Guttman (Houston), Barbara Ast (St. Louis), Rabbi Daniel Alter (Denver), Josh Kahane (Memphis), and David Zoller (Dallas).
Second, we are delighted to share with you the final YU Speakers Bureau website www.yu.edu/speakers
that was debuted at ChampionsGate. The feedback and guidance that so
many of you shared before, during, and after the conference has been
critical in forming what promises to be a wonderful resource to our
communities across North America and the world.
CHAMPIONSGATE TASK FORCE TEAMS:
are pleased that so much energy and enthusiasm from ChampionsGate IV
continues to create new dividends via current "Task Force" Teams. Below
is a brief update on three of our active ChampionsGate Task Force Teams
which continue to work diligently along with YU CJF staff addressing
important issues discussed at last summer's conference.
1) Year in Israel:
The group has expanded and added members from the educational and lay
perspectives. Some members have met over vacation periods in Israel and
articles and comments between them have created a lively
dialogue. Currently, the group is enhancing the Guide to Israel Schools
website at http://www.yu.edu/cjf/gis/
while proposing innovative ideas that would assist both school advisors
and families in decision-making and support surrounding this pivotal
Kol Hakavod to the task force team consisting of Dr. Hillel Davis, Rabbi Jay Goldmintz, Dorit Guttman, Mindy Mitzner, Ari Solomont, and Ted Struhl.
2) School Affordability: This task force, which merged with the "Board Practices and Governance" group from ChampionsGate, is led by Harry Bloom of Azrieli's Institute for University-School Partnership, along with Avi Lauer,
Chief Legal Counsel. The team has been updated on cutting-edge research
and specific training support given to target communities, like the
Five Towns of Long Island. We wish to acknowledge Bernard Hasten and Ann Pava who have served as co-chairs of this group along with a large committed team of ChampionsGate participants.
For those interested in learning more about this task force, and the
important work of the Institue for University-School Partnership, please
click on the links below.
a. Summary of research on economic realities click here
b. Recommendations for better governance in our day schools click here
3) YUConnects/ Increasing Singles' Opportunities :
This team has just launched a seminal Shabbat event: "YUConnects Coast
to Coast" is planned for May 7-8, 2010 as a nationwide weekend which is
dedicated to providing opportunities to Orthodox singles. With help
from outstanding task force leaders across the country, Dr. Efrat Sobolofsky's
"YUConnects" organization is eliciting the participation of communities
which will be hosting shabbatons, seminars, symposiums, shiurim and
events all supporting awareness of the issue. In addition, copies of
educational resources including dvds, articles and guides will be
distributed in the upcoming months to facilitate the project. Much
appreciation goes to the efforts of Sharon Blumenthal, Michael Feldstein (chair), Debbie Goldenberg, Cheryl Nagel, Betty Nissenfeld and Chaya Schwartz for overseeing this project. Anyone with questions or interested in getting involved feel free to contact YUConnects@yu.edu
to those involved; members of the ChampionsGate Community who are
interested in giving guidance and input into these groups are welcome to
join and contribute!
Warmest regards and Shabbat Shalom,
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