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Tuesday, March 26
6:30 PM EDT - 8:30 PM EDT

Crisis Planning: Executing an Effective Crisis Communication Plan and Panel Discussion

In-Person Event

Cost: Free


Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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As the war in Israel continues, we recognize the importance of having a safe space to gather and would like to invite our community to our upcoming events.

Learn best practices for leading through a crisis from our panel of experts. This event is perfect for board members, volunteers, etc.

Prepare to Lead Effectively

Join us for an informative session with Jeff Krakoff, President of Krakoff Communications, who will share the 5 essential elements that every board should prepare before facing a crisis.

You will also have the opportunity to hear from a panel of experts, Meryl Ainsman, Carol Robinson, and Dr. Chaim Oster, who will discuss their insights and lessons learned from leading through challenging situations.


Jeff Krakoff Jeff Krakoff
Jeff has more than three decades of experience in public relations, branding and strategic marketing communications. He has created crisis communications plans for dozens of clients including Fortune 500 companies, smaller companies, universities, school districts and nonprofits. He graduated from Indiana University of Pennsylvania (IUP) with a degree in Journalism & Public Relations and has held leadership positions at several organizations.

Meryl AinsmanMeryl Ainsman
Meryl Kirshner Ainsman is the Executive Director of the Philip Chosky Charitable and Educational Foundation. Meryl volunteered with the Jewish Federation for over 35 years. Meryl has also served on the national JCCA board, the JFNA board and more recently, she served on the Federation’s strategic planning committee and played a key role in the launch of the Buncher Institute for Leadership Development (BuILD) serving as its chief advisor.

Carol RobinsonCarol Robinson
Carol L. Robinson has been engaged with multiple nonprofit organizations in the Jewish and greater Pittsburgh community in volunteer, board director and consulting positions. Robinson currently serves on the Jewish Family and Community Services board and as a Life Trustee of Carnegie Library of Pittsburgh where she was past board chair. She is past board president of the Greater Pittsburgh Community Food Bank. Robinson has served on numerous committees of the Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh.

Chaim OsterDr. Chaim Oster
Born in Miami, Florida, Dr. Chaim (Marc) Oster graduated from the University of Miami receiving his undergraduate degree in 1989 and medical degree in 1993. He and his wife, Naomi, then moved for his medical residency to Boston where the couple became Orthodox through Chabad and where his triplets were born. Dr. Oster has been active in the leadership of Yeshiva Schools for more than a decade. For the past four years, he has served as Board President.

The Jack Buncher FoundationThe Buncher Institute for Leadership Development (BuILD) was generously endowed by The Jack Buncher Foundation.


Jewish Federation of Greater Pittsburgh
2000 Technology Drive
Pittsburgh, PA 15219 United States
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Ellen Gettinger

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