For the NORTH SHORE
TEEN INITIATIVE we developed,
guided and managed a planning grant process. The planing process brought together concerned individuals from twenty –
three communities to investigate the needs and status of programming for teens. The final plan which
we submitted, included recommendations for both tools and support systems
and resulted in the acquisition of a 1 million dollar grant, spread over three
years. The initiative is now in its sixth year.
For FACING HISTORY AND OURSELVES we guide and provided support for a strategic process that is designed to
support Facing History’s goal of “….reinforcing the connection
between Jewish values and the humanities in the larger school community.”
Our tactics have supported and strengthened Facing History’s planning
and implementation for an entire initiative for twelve Jewish Day Schools across the US. This included the identification
of key themes and recommended language in order to “brand” a Facing History approach.
For KESHET we supported staff and committee members in their move from a Strategic Planning stage and into
implementation. We provided Keshet with critical data gathered from across the United States, and analysis,
to help them make critical decisions as they evolve into a full national organization.
We worked with the JEWISH FEDERATION of GREATER KANSAS
CITY in a multi year, multi synagogue, community wide approach
to strengthen congregational programming and education. Our work on this project
began in the very early planning stages and continued through the implementation
of a community wide initiative. We worked closely with the lay and professional
leadership to maintain this initiative. We also observed and supported teachers in congregational classrooms and worship
For the JEWISH ALLIANCE of RHODE ISLAND
we developed, guided and managed a process
to successfully reach the strategic objective of Leadership Development. This support
and guidance included the creation and implementation of a community wide vision and multi - tiered program for Leadership
Development. This included a staged approach for a 3-5 year period. The project focused
on providing leadership development opportunities for newly identified and “re-grown” leaders, with the end
goal of provision of tools and support for these leaders. The
combination of tools and support will allow these leaders to sustain the Rhode
Island Jewish organizations going into the next 3-5 years and beyond.
Mencow Consultants have been wonderful partners. The project Facing History and Ourselves has done with them has benefitted
both the Department of Jewish Education and Facing History as a whole. Their deep knowledge of Jewish Day School Education
has helped us in the steps needed to engage deeply with the schools with whom we are working. They
have been focused and invested in the work we are doing together, and an asset when challenging situations have arisen.
They have been helpful in coaching the Jewish Education team with the language
needed to navigate complex conversations with faculty and administrators,
helping to ensure that the relationships at all of our sites run smoothly and productively
. As we move forward, they continue to think with us about the specific protocols that can ensure
a successful contractual relationship in year two of the project. Now that the first year of the project is complete,
Marion and Billy are helping us strategize ways to sustain the enthusiasm
and commitment we have attained and we envision for the second year.”
Jan Darsa Director of Jewish
Education Facing History and Ourselves
"A few years ago, one of our goals was to undergo an organizational
change that will lead to a more synergic environment," said Rabbi Talia Avnon, Head of the Education Department at
The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism. "We looked to Gribetz Mencow
Consultants to help us with this process so we wouldn't lose our sense of mission.
Thanks to their professionalism, insight and deep understanding of our organization and its challenges,
we were able to undergo this organizational transformation without losing sight of our vision and goals."
Rabbi Talia Avnon-Benveniste Director International School for Jewish Peoplehood
Studies Beit Hatfusot Museum of the Jewish People, Tel Aviv and past Director
of the Education Department, The Daniel Centers for Progressive Judaism. Tel
Aviv’s first Reform Synagogue
"Gribetz and Mencow Consultants were instrumental in the creation of the North Shore Teen Initiative.
As the authors of our original grant document, it was their vision, commitment and understanding of the Jewish community as
a whole that were most significant. At a board of directors retreat during our pilot year, Billy and Marion engaged
our team using dynamic and effective group exercises that has helped in NSTI's continued success. With their guidance,
NSTI prioritized long and short term goals and created a poweful strategy for best use of the organization's resources."