Gustavo Weich

School Principal at Scholem Aleijem School

To me DIRECTORES de LEATID (LEATID’s DIRECTORES) was a very important space, both from a personal and a professional point of view. The course coincided with my first years as a School Principal at Scholem Aleijem School, at a very hard time, and it helped me incorporate tools in watershed moments.

I listened to, saw, learnt and shared experiences that helped me grow and make important decisions from an institutional and professional viewpoint. It was a very important space for the reinforcement of my role in professional management.

I can recall many interesting lessons and topics that contributed to my professional training. I can mention fundraising, negotiation, leadership models, human resources management—for both professionals and lay leaders—, organizations as systems, management professionalization.

Particularly, one of the topics from which I incorporated many tools was during the process of developing funding, since I needed to dedicate a great part of my task to it during my early years in management. I delved into this matter and, undoubtedly, I could take the first steps starting from the concepts learnt in DIRECTORES.

Management professionalization in each of the organization’s role has always been a permanent work model in the institution.

The professional role and the lay leader-professional relationship is another aspect of constant application in the management I carry forward in the organization.

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Valeria Judith Nahmías

School Principal at Beth School Jewish School in the City of Buenos Aires, Argentina.

Since my participation in “Encuentro Latinoamericano. Mujeres y Participación Comunitaria” (Latin American Meeting: Women and Community Involvement), I could get in touch with others and create networks for my community. And now I am exchanging educational contents with other Latin American institutions.

I am an educator and I participated on behalf of my school, which has given me its support in this training and production space.

I was touched when I saw how our Maccabean colleagues of Mexico, Uruguay, Paraguay, Chile and Argentina got amazed, and praised and valued all the things they saw and shared.

I participated in work spaces, where dilemmas and problems where put forward to be addressed by all the communities, all with the same focus. Jointly, ideas and networked action plans were set forth, which are already shown in meetings and contacts that are happening between the different participants and the communities.

I saw our professionals, who were stimulated and full of motivation, putting forward meetings, new ideas and taking steps for the sake of improvements and contributions that can be implemented in sister communities and receiving from them at the same time, nourishing one another.

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Joana Hidal

Member of the Deliverative Council – Hebraica, San Pablo, Brazil

In my opinion, the “Third Latin American Meeting. Women and Community Participation” meant to be in touch with the essential.

Firstly, thanks to topics related to gender issues and the freedom to speak openly about this matter within the Jewish community.

Secondly, because we used methodologies and new technologies, such as Open Space World Café, for sharing collective knowledge, which certainly enriches the exchange of ideas.

I take with me increased security to be able to use these technologies in our institutions.

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Debora Rosenberg

Lamroth Hakol – Director of Education

“Encuentro Latinoamericano. Mujeres y participación comunitaria” (The Latin American Meeting: Women and Community Involvement) was to me something new with regard to the proposal. Although each of us has been developing a community leadership activity, getting together to talk and think about future meetings, and that we, women, be recognized in the communities seemed to me very enriching.

While I was listening to different speakers, I came up with ideas to implement in my community. Furthermore, it helped me to identify what my community can offer others and vice versa. Not until we meet and speak face to face with the ones responsible for other spaces can we realize what is going on and learn about other realities. A meeting like this makes exchange possible.

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