Leadership Conference to Focus on the Jewish Family, Embracing its Strengths and Facing its Challenges
ChampionsGate 2016, organized by Yeshiva University’s Center for the Jewish Future (CJF), will run from July 28 to July 31 in Orlando, Florida. The focus of the four-day conference will be “The Jewish Family: The Foundation & Pride of Our People.” Through lectures, panel discussions, and break-out sessions, academics, lay leaders and others from around the country and the world will explore the challenges facing the Jewish family and devise locally based solutions to strengthen it.
Participants will have the good fortune to interact with the elite talent of the Jewish world, attend an inspirational Shabbos, hear stimulating shiurim, participate in beautiful davening and, of course, enjoy excellent food.
The Jewish family has traditionally been the centerpiece of Jewish life, but technology and the faster pace of life have placed unprecedented pressures on the structure and functioning of the family, and the contemporary modern Orthodox community in general. By convening Jewish communal leaders to discuss the challenges to the community, participants at ChampionsGate can share their experiences and expertise to craft innovative solutions to these challenges.
“The cross-pollinating of perspectives from different communities is really at the heart of the magic of ChampionsGate,” said Rabbi Yaakov Glasser, The David Mitzner Dean of CJF. “Such a richness of nuance emerges when you bring together so many different people from so many different contexts.”
Participants will be able to choose from an abundance of engaging presentations on issues including marriage, how to keep our children safe, parenting and technology, how to relate to children who choose to leave Torah observance and gender issues.
A highlight of the conference will be a keynote address by Rachelli Fraenkel, the mother of Naftali Fraenkel z”l, who inspired the Jewish world with her perseverance, patience and faith in the face of her incredible loss.
Amy Katz ’76S, who attended ChampionsGate in 2012 said that “our commitment to the work we do and the organizations’ causes we serve often overcome our need to step back, reflect, balance and rejuvenate. ChampionsGate offered us just that opportunity and we left with concrete ways to actualize and integrate change in our lives.”
Rabbi Glasser noted that the conference is an opportunity for YU to engage its broader communal constituencies by empowering them to face the issues challenging their generation and design solutions that integrate traditional values with the best that the modern world has to offer.
Special thanks should be given to the Mitzner Family and Drs. Mordecai & Monique Katz for their generous support. To register, visit www.yu.edu/cjf/championsgate.