For generations, Federation has been the engine that makes Jewish communal life possible.

Over the course of a century, we helped transform the world. We helped found and build a nation. We rallied and worked to free millions of Soviet Jews. We saved ancient communities while building our Jewish infrastructure back home. We reimagined Jewish life here at home and established a network that cared for our most vulnerable.

But our history is only the starting point for the future. As the challenges we face evolve, so must our solutions.

enter the lab

Today, we are calling — across generations and disciplines — upon diverse participants to engage in a three-day laboratory. Together, we’ll reexamine our approach to long-standing issues and begin exploring new methodologies for the concerns on the horizon.

FedLab will engage Federation leaders and content experts with skilled facilitators. Together, we will dive into deep conversation and interactive problem-solving experiments that test assumptions, explore potential solutions and take us to the next level.

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roll up your sleeves

In the Lab, you are the active ingredient that makes our progress possible. You bring creative energy and insights to a structured, interactive experience. Together, we will:



Explore + Build

Plan + Act

FedLab: come prepared to question and leave ready with an agenda for your community, equipped with ideas and tools to tackle challenges, implement change and plant the seeds for our shared Jewish future.

meet the chair


Jodi J. Schwartz

Vice Chair, JFNA Board Chair, FedLab

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how to register

Federation Professionals $399

Lay Leaders $499

FedLab is by invitation only, with invitations coming directly from your local Federation. If you would like to find out more about attending FedLab, please contact your local Federation leadership. If you have been told that you are approved to register, send us an email at and we will take it from there!

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next year?

We will resume with a traditional GA conference in Chicago.

October 25-27, 2020