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April 6, 2018  RSS feed
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Lisa Robbins chosen for new national ‘Next Gen’ program

Lisa Robbins Lisa Robbins Lisa Robbins, director of Young Adult Engagement for the Tampa JCCs and Federation, has been named to the inaugural class of the Next Gen Jewish Federation Fellows.

She was one of 22 Jewish professionals from communities across the U.S. and Canada selected by the Jewish Federations of North America (JFNA) as a fellow. The new effort is aimed at boosting the skills of these Federation professionals who work directly with individuals in their 20s and 30s.

Robbins will participate in an 18-month comprehensive program that will include several in-person seminars along with long-distance coaching, mentoring and continuous learning online. The program, made possible by funding from the Jim Joseph Foundation, will provide participants the tools and training they need to engage young adults with their Jewish community.

“We are excited for Lisa to participate in this program to expand our approach to reaching the Next Gen community. This fellowship program will give her the opportunity to learn new and innovative approaches to impart Jewish content into our young adult programs and experiences,” said Alissa Fischel, Tampa JCCs and Federation Chief Development Officer.

Joining forces for the first time, JFNA has brought together the North Carolina-based Center for Creative Leadership and the Jerusalem-based M2: The Institute for Experiential Jewish Education, to develop coursework and meaningful experiences that grow Federation professionals’ leadership skills and connects them more deeply to Judaism. The new initiative will also position the Fellows as innovators and leaders in the Jewish Next Gen space.

Born and raised in St. Petersburg, Robbins worked for the Tampa JCCs and Federation for 10 years and recently returned to Tampa to work with 20s and 30s, fostering leadership opportunities, inspiring new commitments to the Jewish community and creating a new social networking group.

In between her jobs at the Tampa JCCs and Federation, she worked for the JFNA as associate director of community and professional relations, providing support, resources, and consultative services to Federation professionals working with young Jewish adults. Robbins began her career in Jewish communal service as a Steinhardt Jewish Campus Service Corps Fellow at the Hillel at The Ohio State University.

Robbins said she was honored to be chosen for the first cohort of JFNA Next Gen Fellows.

“My goal in my every day work is to support young adults in deepening their commitment to Jewish life and community in Tampa, building and growing Jewish leaders who want to give back, and sharing the value that Judaism and Jewish experiences can bring to their lives,” she said. “I am excited for the opportunity for guided learning with colleagues and scholars alike to strengthen the Tampa Jewish Federation’s Next Gen engagement strategy to reach and connect with more Jewish 20s and 30s in innovative ways.”

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