JFNA Seeks Proposals For TribeFest Programs


The Jewish Federations of North America, the umbrella group for organized philanthropy in 80 major cities and regions, is accepting proposals for programs at its second annual TribeFest event in Las Vegas in March.

The goal of TribeFest is to recruit the next generation of federation leaders through fun but meaningful programs developed by people in their 20s, 30s and early 40s. Last year’s inaugural event drew about 1,500 people to Las Vegas, but the programs were developed by JFNA and its partners.

This year, the organization wants to "open the doors of creativity and cooperation" through an online proposal submission process. Applicants have until Oct. 17 to submit an idea that must fit into one of six tracks: Social Justice and Global Responsibility, Clture and the Arts, Israel and the Middle East 2011-12, Innovation, Faith and Spirituality or Hot Topics. The latter category may include, but is not limited to the 2012 election, philanthropy, dating, parenting or family life or social media.

Accepted proposals won’t mean a free ride, however. Program participants will be required to cover their own transportation, accomodations, TribeFest registration and even handouts for the event. The registration fee is $450 through Jan. 20 and $499 theareafter, which covers panel discussion admission as well as concerts, meals and cocktail parties. TribeFest will take place March 25-27 at the Venetian Hotel. The hotel rate is $109 per room per night.

JFNA says it will promote the accepted programs and participants via the TribeFest web site, social media, a program book and the TribeFest mobile application.

Last year’s session topics ranged from "captivating children’s books" and "Punk Jews" in the art world to the inclusion of LGBT Jews and a discussion of the Obama administration and Israel.