Spotlight on Community Engagement

The first projects funded through the Jewish Federation’s Community Shark Tank this past June are just being launched. We’re excited to see the fruits of this collaboration come to life with innovative programming for community engagement!

One of our Federation agencies–the Katz JCC–along with Kellman Brown Academy and Politz Day School teamed up to create “The Forum: A Night of Jewish Learning and Inspiration.” The catalyst for this evening stems from the POP Study, which found community engagement and Jewish education to be two areas of interest for our community. South Jersey synagogues, schools, and organizations are bursting with classes, and this event is designed to give people an opportunity to sample the spectrum of lessons offered throughout the area.

Thirty-seven classes offered by community educators, clergy, and learning enthusiasts will fill the night with a wide array of topics. People of all levels, ages, and interests will find something to peak their curiosity. Try one of the many hands-on interactive classes, such as Jewmba (Jewish version of Zumba), Beer and Chocolate Tasting, or join a Babka cooking demonstration. Sign up to be part of classes like “The Seven Habits of Effective Jews,” “How Moses Would Lead a Fortune 500,” or “Zionism in the 21st Century.” There will also be two panel discussions, one featuring the young rabbis in the community, who will answer any question from the audience.

The Forum will be held on Saturday, Feb. 25, beginning with a Havdalah service led by youth choir HaZamir South Jersey at 7:30 p.m. Three sessions (50 minutes each) will begin at 8 p.m. The cost is $18 in advance or $25 at the door. Learn more at

Although the program initially didn’t receive funding from the Community Shark Tank, one of the sharks, Alan Blumenfeld, graciously donated the seed money to bring The Forum to life. The Jewish Community Foundation, Inc. has also underwritten this program.

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