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Sharpening Your Skills with JProStl

Sharpening Your Skills

A week of interactive workshops for staff who work
throughout the St. Louis Jewish community
The sessions are stand-alone. Choose one or more that fit your interest and time.
All programs take place at the Kaplan Feldman Complex.

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Introduction to Leadership Coaching with Marci Mayer Eisen

Monday, September 16, 1-4 pm

Explore how to find “coachable moments” to empower others to increase their confidence and discover their own paths to success. Experience what makes leadership coaching distinct from other ways to manage. Learn how to use coaching skills to enhance trust, promote teamwork, and advance problem solving. Complementing her role as Director of Federation’s Millstone Institute and staff for JProStl, Marci is a graduate of the College of Executive Coaching and on the board of ICF (International Coach Foundation) St. Louis.


Presenting with Confidence with Maharat Rori Picker-Neiss

Tuesday, September 17, 9-11 am

What are the elements of an engaging presentation? How do you learn these skills, especially if you believe public speaking is not your natural talent? Rori will share how to deliver a message that demonstrates your knowledge, shares your passion, and allows you to connect personally with your audience. Participants will leave with tips to immediately enhance their skills and confidence, from small meetings to large gatherings. Maharat Rori Picker Neiss is Executive Director of the JCRC. Prior she was the Director of Programming, Education, and Community Engagement at Bais Abraham Congregation. Rori has worked for several national Jewish organizations and has presented extensively locally, nationally, and internationally.


On Time: Making the Most of Your Work Day with Sonia Dobinsky

Wednesday, September 18, 9-11 am

Learn how the science of timing, the process of supercharging your existing habits, and the use of an impact strategy for meetings combine to allow you to amplify your effectiveness on any given day. Participants will leave with a personalized strategic time management plan and tactical tools to immediately apply to your jobs. Sonia Dobinsky is the owner of Next Steps for Success, LLC, based in Denver, providing professional mentorship to leaders and aspiring leaders in the non-profit world. Sonia previously was Vice President of Community Engagement for the Jewish Federation of St. Louis and prior was Executive Director of CAJE, combining her skills and expertise in the areas of training, innovation, implementation, and oversight. She is a CTI-trained coach and facilitator.


Writing and Editing, from Tweets to Annual Reports with Rick Jackoway

Thursday, September 19, 11:30 am-1:30 pm (includes lunch)

No matter what job you do in the Jewish community, you spend a significant time communicating through writing. Learn how to make your communications clearer and cleaner with dozens of proven writing and editing tips. You’ll discover how to make your subject lines punchier and content most relevant to the reader. Prior to coming to Federation as its Communications Manager, Rick Jackoway was an award-winning journalist and writing coach for publications around the U.S.


The Lay-Staff Relationship: An Important Conversation for Staff

Friday, September 20, Noon-1:30 pm (includes lunch)

Join JProStl to explore how we as staff can continue to advance our relationships with our volunteer leaders. What do we need to always keep in mind to keep them engaged and empowered as our partners in community building? Join dynamic and dedicated volunteers Jonathan Deutsch, Past President of The J and current chair of the Millstone Institute; Penny Alper is the current President of WashU Hillel, past Chair of the J Associates, and was Coordinator of the Kol Rinah Capital Campaign; and Phil Frischer, President-Elect of United Hebrew, and Past Chair of Tour de Fun and Early Childhood at The J, for an informal and meaningful conversation about the lay-staff relationship.

For questions, contact Marci Mayer Eisen at 314-442-3810 or

JProStl, an initiative of the Jewish Federation, provides professional development, networking, and resource sharing for staff at 50 nonprofit organizations throughout the St. Louis Jewish community. Programs are supported by Karen & Mont Levy and the Lubin-Green Foundation, a supporting foundation of the Jewish Federation of St. Louis.