For The Record Winter 12

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Rabbis Develop Management Skills
At Executive Leadership Program

Rabbi Elliot Dorff

In the complex world of the 21st century, it is not enough for rabbis to be repositories of Jewish knowledge; today there is an increasing demand that they have acumen in nonprofit management as well. The Rabbinic Management Institute (RMI), a visionary program, which launched last year and is in partnership with AJU's Graduate School of Nonprofit Management, Ziegler School of Rabbinic Studies, and the Rabbinical Assembly, gives rabbis the opportunity for educational and professional development in nonprofit management.

The curriculum focuses on issues which have become crucial to the daily work of rabbis such as management, marketing and public relations, fund development, nonprofit law, budget and finance, strategic planning, executive leadership, negotiation, and conflict resolution.

Fourteen rabbis from across the United States and Canada began their studies at AJU in February 2011, and continued throughout the year with online lectures, paired study with fellow participants, and close communication with RMI faculty. This first class of RMI students returned to AJU to complete their program and received a certificate in nonprofit management on February 1, 2012.


AJU's Dr. Lois Oppenheim - Goes Global!

Ryan Bernhey Dr. Lois Oppenheim, AJU's Political Science Department Co-Chair, is being recognized for her expertise in globalization both in India and Spain. The Spiritual Paradigm for Surmounting Global Management Crisis conference, to be held in Varanasi, India at the end of February, has invited Dr. Oppenheim to present her paper, Globalization, Mindfulness, and Community, at a plenary session. The focus is on creating a sense of connectedness and trust, and a healthy exchange of ideas, resources, and knowledge among the citizens of the world.

The position of the conference is that, "Something is grossly wrong in the overall global management scenario… the once established management paradigms are constantly failing." Simultaneously, interest in spirituality is growing among scholars, practitioners, and professionals with an emerging theme that spirituality may provide a model on how to surmount the management crisis faced by leadership, organizations, and professional disciplines across the world. Dr. Oppenheim's own research, and the political science department under her leadership has continued to evolve, providing students with classes that address the latest economic and cultural effects of globalization, including their impact on food production and consumption, international security, human rights, and environmental issues.


Mentoring: Exploring the Possibilities

Kimmi's photoKimmi Duenas, like many college juniors, was unsure of what she was going to do following graduation. She has so many interests that she is working on a double major in both behavioral sciences and literature, media, and communication. "I knew that I loved writing, traveling, and helping people," said Kimmi, "but I wanted to talk to a professional with whom I could get an insider's perspective and explore options in my fields of interest, which included photojournalism and media."

Kimmi joined AJU's mentor program, where AJU students are often given the opportunity to be mentored by a range of professionals including entrepreneurs, rabbis, and leaders in the field of law, medicine, and the entertainment industry