How will you Build a Strong Board? Find Out July 7th

Hannah Weilbacher

We are so excited to announce that the Roundtable will facilitate a Board Development Training in NYC in July. 

The challenge of developing and strengthening a board of directors has come up consistently in our field. We are offering a one-day training on this topic with an expert in the field. 
Both Roundtable organizations' staff AND board chairs are invited. Staff who attend should be folks who work with and manage the organization's board of directors.

Board Development Training presented by the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable and an Expert Trainer, Joan Garry.

Wednesday, July 6th, 6:30 PM: Informal dinner at location TBD in Manhattan. 

Thursday, July 7th, 9 AM - 4 PM: Training at Auburn Theological Seminary, 475 Riverside Drive (Morningside Heights), NYC. We will be in Suite 1800 (the top floor!). Auburn is on Riverside Drive between 119th and 120th streets.

The day-long workshop will feature an expert trainer, with opportunities to learn from your peers.

Our trainer, Joan Garry, runs a boutique nonprofit consulting firm and works as a strategic advisor, crisis manager, change agent and strategic planner. She is an internationally recognized champion for nonprofit leaders through her blog -- She recently launched a podcast called Nonprofits Are Messy that is now the #1 nonprofit podcast on iTunes. 

It is Joan's core philosophy about nonprofit leadership that brings her to us in July. Joan believes that the most effective nonprofit organizations are the ones that embraces the concept of shared leadership and that the single most important indicator of the health of a nonprofit is the relationship between the CEO and the Board Chair. Joan's work takes her into many sectors of the nonprofit space, including the Jewish community. She is currently working with the Union for Reform Judaism and recently worked with the New York chapter of DOROT.  In addition, she is lending her pro bono services to Temple Ner Tamid's board in Bloomfield NJ where she and her family are longstanding members. While Joan is what her wife calls an "honorary Member of the Tribe," she is an active synagogue member and is on an inexorable march toward conversion (a slow but steady march).

We will provide dinner on Wednesday, and breakfast and lunch on Thursday.

The deadline to register AND to submit requests for travel reimbursements is Friday, June 3.




The registration fee for each participant is $100. The Roundtable covers all program and travel costs above that amount. The Roundtable is not able to subsidize accommodation costs for participants. Participants are responsible for arranging your own lodging, and we can help connect you to potential hosts in New York, upon request.

Roundtable organizations can send as many people as desired, but there is a limit of two travel subsidies per organization.


For Participants Traveling to NYC from other places -

  • For those requesting travel subsidies, the $100 registration fee will be deducted from the reimbursement we send you up to the limits noted below. 
  • For example, if you buy a $250 roundtrip ticket from DC to NYC, the Roundtable will reimburse $150 of that.
  • Please purchase your travel with an organization’s account to make the reimbursement process easier, not your personal account.

The Roundtable will reimburse travel costs up to the following limits:

  • California, Texas, Mississippi: $350

  • Detroit, Colorado, Twin Cities, Toronto: $250

  • Chicago: $200

  • Washington, DC, Philadelphia and Boston: $150

To submit a request for travel reimbursement:

  • Please fill out the reimbursement form attached below and send it, along with your travel receipts, to [email protected], by June 3rd.
  • Be sure to specify who the reimbursement check should be made out to and where it should be sent.

For Participants in NYC - Please submit the $100 registration fee per participant by check by June 3rd.

  • Checks should be made payable to Bend the Arc (our fiscal sponsor) and sent to the Jewish Social Justice Roundtable at: 330 7th Ave, 19th floor, New York, NY 10001.  Invoice below.

  • Please write "JSJR Board Training" in the memo.

  • Checks are much more preferable to credit card requests. Please get in touch if sending a check is not an option.

If you can host out-of-town guests, please email [email protected] to let us know!



If organizations cannot pay $100 for a staff member to attend the training, please submit one paragraph to Abby Levine explaining why you are requesting funds and how much you will need in order to ensure your staff members can attend. We ask that everyone contribute some amount to attend this valuable training. Please send these scholarship requests as soon as possible.