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Negotiation Skills and Jewish Wisdom

Negotiation Skills and Jewish Wisdom

Sunday, August 17, 2014 - 9:00 am to 5:00 pm

Rooted in the belief that great Jewish communities need great leaders, Spertus Institute for Jewish Learning and Leadership launches the Center for Jewish Leadership, a programmatic center dedicated to the leadership development of Jewish communal professionals and volunteers.

This was the first in a series of workshops and master classes designed to enhance the knowledge, effectiveness, creativity, and strategic agility of current and future Jewish leaders, advancing the missions of the organizations they serve.

At its core, negotiation is dialogue aimed at reaching an agreement or understanding. The word itself is rooted in terms denoting the act of dealing with others. As such, it is a place where business and personal ethics touch.

Negotiation is also a professional skill, with core principles and approaches. In this Center for Jewish Leadership workshop, rabbi, attorney, and accomplished mediator David Perkel shared Jewish wisdom and best professional practices, helping participants improve their negotiation effectiveness, resolve differences, and expand their leadership abilities.

David Perkel is a rabbi of Congregation Ezras Israel in West Rogers Park, where he teaches Jewish law and philosophy. He is also a practicing attorney and experienced mediator who acts as both an advocate and neutral in real estate, family, and commercial matters.

He holds a JD from Northwestern University School of Law, rabbinic ordination from The Rabbi Isaac Elchanan Theological Seminary (a Yehiva University Affiliate), and mediation certification from the Center for Conflict Resolution.

The Spertus Approach — Spertus Institute cultivates an atmosphere of lively discourse. We often hear from students and participants that their Spertus experiences are inspiring and transformative. That is by design, and it results in meaningful opportunities for personal and professional growth.

The Center for Jewish Leadership is supported by generous grants from the Crown Family.
We are grateful for their support.

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Center for Jewish Leadership

Designed for professionals and volunteers who work for and with
Jewish organizations, the Center
for Jewish Leadership
opportunities to learn new skills,
hone existing talents, and be
equipped to harness the power
of Jewish communities in the
21st century. Offerings include:

  • Graduate and certificate programs
  • Master classes and workshops
  • Jewish Leaders on Leadership series
  • An annual leadership symposium
  • A community mentoring program
  • Awards for innovation and collaboration