The Art of Engagement

17 Sep

What does the word engagement mean?

  • An arrangement to meet or be present at a specific time and place
  • A job period of employment especially as a performer
  • The act of engaging: The state of being engaged
  • Emotional involvement or commitment

The definition of engagement may change depending on how you use the word.

  • Engagement is a function of listening to someone while expressing their needs, listening and observing how people are behaving and how and if they want to engage with us.
  • In addition to meaning different things for different people and companies, engagement can also be broken down into smaller functions, which are also dependent on our audience, strategies and goals.
  •  Engagement Is a Practice. Engagement implies a lot of action, and as you go into different types of engagement, it’s for different reasons.

At The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee, we are actively engaging a variety of individuals and groups by implementing diverse opportunities and programs.

On August 31, a group of mothers and grandmothers got together at the Federation to participate in The Mothers’ Circle High Holiday Prep-Class to learn about the High Holidays as they are celebrated as an individual, with the family and in the community. The objective was for the participants to be able to explain the meaning and significance of the High Holidays to their children and grandchildren, and to identify the customs and foods associated with Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur.

We did meet some of the objectives, but the best part was the engagement of this group of women. We learned in an environment where we welcomed questions and we shared experiences. We listened to each other’s stories, found out what we needed in order to feel knowledgeable and comfortable while preparing for the holidays and, most importantly, we formed a network of friends and people within our community.

mothers' cicle

Georgia Gruber, Christine Bass and Aleksandra Berman at the Federation’s Mothers’ Circle event

Flora Oynick is the Engagement Ambassador at The Jewish Federation of Sarasota-Manatee.


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