Sid Jacobson JCC Leaders Attend Budapest Leadership Conference

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President Debra Buslik and Executive Director David Black meet with leaders from JCC around the world.

This month, Sid Jacobson JCC Executive Director David Black and Board President Debra Buslik traveled to Budapest, Hungary for the world’s first JCC Global Amitim Fellows-A Global Leadership Network conference. Almost 60 fellows accompanied by representatives of JCC regional networks and JCC Global board members will met face-to-face for the first time during the week of June 15 at the Balint JCC in Budapest.

“There is nothing more exhilarating than stepping out of one’s own culture to see it and understand it in a different light,” Mrs. Buslik says of the trip. “It provides perspective and depth. What we can add and what we can gain in interacting with Jewish community representatives from all over the world is unlimited. It is yet another significant connection we can provide for our members into the future.”

The conference brought together almost 30 JCCs and their leaders from countries around the world, including Canada, England, France, Hungary, Israel, Mexico, Moldova, Poland, Romania, Ukraine, the United States and Venezuela, to get to know each other, study a Jewish Peoplehood curriculum with esteemed scholars, brainstorm new ideas and begin to find new partners from different countries. As part of the program, all the JCCs committed to setting aside $25,000 towards a joint global project to be decided at a future date.

“Jewish life is filled with diverse perspectives and brilliant cultures,” Mr. Black says. “Wherever we may live, we are linked by a common past and in many ways a common destiny. By connecting to JCCs and Jewish people from other nations, we hope to connect our own community to the wider world of Jewish thought and practices and to bring the best home right here to Sid Jacobson JCC.”

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Kate Perelman
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