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Imagined Community

Mark Golub, Sally Gottesman, Marcella Kanfer Rolnick, Mark Pearlman, Gary Rosenblatt, Adam Smolyar

Identity & Responsibility, Interactive

No looking backward to cast blame on how we had arrived at this fragile state, but rather help come up with ideas for modeling our future community. This uniquely interactive session will amplify the whole process of visioning to share thoughts on what it would take to create a more effective, stable and inspiring community with which larger numbers of Jews would want to be involved. Share your thoughts on how to alleviate our communal problems. Host and panelist still to be finalized but will include journalists (Gary Rosenblatt, Editor of The Jewish Week) and community leaders (TBD). Please note: this session may be filmed.

Sally Gottesman

Sally Gottesman is the founder and president of the eleemosynary group*, consultants to not-for-profits in NYC. Sally is the founder and chair of Moving Traditions, which is the home of Rosh Hodesh: It’s A Girl Thing! an experiential education/ritual program for adolescent girls which is in over 300 day schools, synagogues and JCCs. This year Moving Traditions will also be releasing a White Paper for educators on how to work with adolescent boys as well as pilot-testing a program for post b’nei mitzvah boys. Sally also serves on the Boards of American Jewish World Service, B'nai Jeshurun, and American Friends of Yedid. Sally is at Limmud with her partner, Rachel Tiven, and their children, Alice, 3, and Ezra, 16 months.

Marcella Kanfer Rolnick

Marcella Kanfer Rolnick is Vice Chair of GOJO Industries, inventor of PURELL Instant Hand Sanitizer. She drove the reconstitution of the national Jewish social entrepreneurship fellowship program, Joshua Venture, and co-founded the Lippman Kanfer Institute for Innovation in Jewish Learning and Engagement at JESNA. She is President and Chair of the Lippman Kanfer Family Foundation and a member of the board of American Jewish World Service. She is on the advisory boards of Joshua Venture Group and Jumpstart. She recently spearheaded a community-wide process called “Imagine Jewish Akron” to envision and plan for a positive future for the local Jewish community. Marcella earned her MBA from Stanford University and her BA from the Woodrow Wilson School of Public Affairs at Princeton University. Marcella currently resides in Akron, Ohio, with her husband Josh and sons Meyer Paz and Heshel Rom.

Mark Pearlman

Mark Pearlman, formerly an executive at CBS and Fox, is a private investor and founder of 4Wall, an innovative media company. He is active on nonprofit boards, including the Children’s Museum of Manhattan and the Annenberg Foundation arts initiative in NYC. His interest in the Jewish community led him to complete studies on the "Jewish GDP" and the Jewish Internet as well create JInsider, a Jewish multi-media website and brand. Mark writes a weekly column for The Jewish Week that appears on page 3.

Gary Rosenblatt

Gary Rosenblatt has been editor and publisher of The Jewish Week for 16 years. He has won numerous journalism awards from both the Jewish and secular press, and was a finalist for a Pulitzer Prize in 1985, the first time an article in the Jewish media was cited. Gary is the founder of The Conversation, an annual retreat for American Jewish leaders to discuss what it means to be Jewish in the 21st century, and of Write On For Israel, an advocacy program through journalism for high school students.

Adam Smolyar

The Jewish Federations of North America

Adam Smolyar is a marketing and communications executive with extensive experience in branding and marketing strategy in the corporate and non-profit sectors. Smolyar joined The Jewish Federations of North America in 2008 as the Senior Vice-President of Strategic Marketing and Communications. He is also a board member of the New York Association of New Americans (NYANA), which, in partnership with HIAS, helped resettle his family when they emigrated from the former Soviet Union to the United States.

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