JPRO19: What Connects Us is the seminal conference for hundreds of Jewish communal professionals from across North America to connect and reimagine what thriving Jewish institutions will look like, who will lead them, and what impact they will collectively have on the world in the 21st Century. Join us August 12-14 in Detroit, a city with a rich history of innovation and reinvention, as the city becomes a learning lab for Jewish communal professionals.

JPRO19 brings together professionals who are not ordinarily in relationship with one another – across generations, geography, organization types, roles, and much more – to deepen connections, make progress on issues that are at the forefront of our collective work, and strengthen their individual capacity to lead.


conference planning committee

  • Naomi Adler | Philadelphia Federation | Co-Chair

  • David Cygielman | Moishe House | JPRO Secretary | Co-Chair

  • Scott Kaufman | Detroit Federation

  • Manny Menchel | William Davidson Foundation | JPRO Board Member

  • Audra Berg | JUF Chicago | JPRO President

  • Jeff Finkelstein | Pittsburgh Federation | JPRO Past President

  • Staff Team Led by Ilana Aisen (JPRO), Kari Saratovsky (Third Plateau), and Marti Balcom (The Balcom Group)