immersive experiences

Immersive Experiences will take place on the first day of the Conference and bring participants into spaces and places that will both challenge and inspire them as Jewish Professionals. The Immersive Experiences will take place across the city, and highlight promising practices, complex scenarios, and inspiring leaders.

Click on each Immersive Experience to see its description.



= Building Resilient Communities
= Civil Discourse in Complex Times
= Designing Workplaces for the Future
= Diversity, Equity, Inclusion and Justice




Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

Brightmoor is a roughly 4-square-mile neighborhood in Detroit that over decades, transformed from a thriving working-class neighborhood to one of abandoned homes and businesses (Detroit Free Press). Brightmoor's revitalization is now led by the Brightmoor Alliance, which describes the area as an innovative community where people, especially of modest means, can live, learn, work, commune, recreate and worship in a safe, healthy, culturally diverse and sustainable environment. In this tour and discussion, you'll learn more about the history behind this neighborhood and discuss the Alliance's innovative work in the area around restoration, revitalization, and community support. For more information, see:

Crossing Lines of Race, Faith, and Class

Session Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Over the last three years, the Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue and Breakers Covenant Church International (BCCI) have engaged in a partnership which includes opportunities to openly discuss issues of race, faith, and class. Rabbi Ariana Silverman and Pastor Aramis Hinds will talk about how they developed their relationship and what allows them to have these conversations. This conversation will take place in the 50,000 square foot, Albert-Kahn designed building that was the home of Temple Beth El until 1973. It is now a community center and the home of BCCI. The space itself speaks to the sometimes fraught and evolving relationship among the Jewish and Black communities. It now also provides reasons to hope. For more information, see:

Design at dPOP

Session Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

Since 2013, dPOP has been transforming workplaces across the country into authentically creative, collaborative + culture-focused environments. Participants will have an opportunity to explore this lab and hear from its team of interior, industrial + experiential graphic designers who work to develop purposeful, data-driven custom spaces that enhance each client's culture and business.For more information, see

Eastern Market

Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

Eastern Market is a public market that has long been a place where people with limited means have gone to start their business. In recent years, extensive programming to incubate and accelerate new food businesses especially those owned by people of color has been developed. After a brief overview by the President of the Eastern Market Partnership, an interactive panel discussion between the audience and three food start-ups will investigate the challenges of operating a food business. Eastern Market is also a hotbed for the arts. Following the panel discussion, the group will take a walking tour of the market district to explore some of the 145 murals that have been created during the first four Murals in the Market festivals (cited by Smithsonian Magazine as one the six most notable mural festivals in the world). Social equity and racial justice themes have been central to the mural festival. For more information, see:

Jewish Organizations Working Together: Isaac Agree Downtown Synagogue

Session Time: 2:30 - 4:00 PM

The Detroit Synagogue serves as a beacon for the entire Jewish community by maintaining an egalitarian synagogue, rooted in Jewish tradition and affirming of pluralistic practice. It encourages inter-generational engagement and promotes broad-based participation by offering a wide range of programming and acting as a conduit for Jewish activity in the city. It is wonderful that young Jews have a rich variety of ways to engage in Jewish life. It also means that they have many Jewish professionals who interface with them. As those professionals, we have begun to better integrate our programmatic calendars, our resources, and our communication about how to meet their needs. We are starting to explore what it might look like to co-work more formally--how can disparate Jewish organizations work together more effectively? And what might it look like to do so under one roof? Please join us at the last freestanding synagogue in the City of Detroit as we share what we have learned and learn from you. For more information, see:

Leading Effective Volunteer Programs with Repair the World

Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

Repair the World was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. Repair mobilizes tens of thousands of young Jews to volunteer in tackling pressing local needs each year, and Repair equips communities and partners to do the same. Join Repair the World Detroit at their Workshop in Southwest Detroit to learn about their approach to transformational service. During this experience you will be given the tools to lead effective service in your communities and will work together to complete a microservice project for Detroit residents. We will be making sandwiches, if you have a nut allergy please reach out to make sure we can accomodate you. For more information, see:

Shinola: The Future of Design in Manufacturing Ecosystems

Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

Participants will spend the afternoon at the Taubman Center for Design Education at the College for Creative Studies (CCS), home to Shinola, CCS design programs and student housing, Design Corp Detroit, and Henry Ford School for Creative Studies "6-12 grades."

They will learn about the role that collaborative environments and relationships are playing in design-driven manufacturing ecosystems.

First, participants will get a behind-the-scenes look at Shinola headquarters, watch-manufacturing operation, and leather goods design studio.

Then, through a tour of the Taubman Center, participants will learn about how the multi-use building facilitates collaboration between business and education.

The experience will close with a 45-minute discussion about how collaboration is driving the business models of the future.

Panelists to include designers, manufacturers, and workforce development professionals.

Rebel Nell

Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

An in-depth tour of Rebel Nell, a social enterprise in Detroit that exists to employ, educate and empower women with barriers to employment. The women make beautiful jewelry from fallen graffiti which is sold to support their wrap around support including financial planning, business education and life wellness. Get a first hand tour of the operations and a question and answer from some of the Rebel Nell family members. For more information, see:


Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

For eight years, RecoveryPark has been working to create jobs for people with barriers to employment by launching food-based businesses on Detroit's east side. Our climb has been fraught with challenges - despite initial excitement by the city, community, and philanthropy, we had to make the difficult decision to lay off the majority of our farm team last year, and close our soil farming operation, opting to focus on our hydroponic farming and the launch of our two-acre glass greenhouse. Now that we've proven our model both in the market and in providing social services, we face even bigger challenges 'competing' with other agencies for the same dollars. Come hear from President and CEO, Gary Wozniak, about the successes, challenges, and opportunities that have brought us to this point. You'll hear Gary's story - from prison to entrepreneurship - and learn more about our plans for the neighborhood during an intimate discussion. For more information, see:

Repair the World Detroit Service at B'nai David Cemetery

Session Time: 2:30 - 5:00 PM

Repair the World was founded in 2009 to make meaningful service a defining element of American Jewish life. Repair mobilizes tens of thousands of young Jews to volunteer in tackling pressing local needs each year, and Repair equips communities and partners to do the same. These volunteers help transform neighborhoods, cities, and lives through meaningful service experiences rooted in Jewish values, learning, and history. Learn about Repair the World's approach to transformational service, our work nationally and in Detroit as we serve together to beautify Detroit's only remaining Jewish Cemetery. Service will take place outside rain or shine, please be prepared in clothes you don't mind getting dirty and bring a water bottle. For more information, see: